I hope I'm not stealing someone else's role or whatever, but I wanted to propose a challenge to all you baseball fans.
It's mid-September, and all but one of the eight playoff spots are up for grabs (mathematically, at least, if not in practice). So, what are your predictions for the rest of the regular season, and also for the postseason?
You should predict the winners of the seven remaining playoff spots (including which they will win, i.e. division/wild card).
Then, you should have four matchups. In both the AL and the NL, the team with the best record plays the wild card team, and the other two division winners play each other unless the wild card team is from the same division as the team with the best record.
If the wild card team is from the same division as the team with the best record, the wild card team will play the team with the second-best record of the division winners.
Then, for the playoff matches, please predict in how many games you believe each team will win, all the way to the World Series.
Hope that's all clear, but e-mail me if you're not sure.
On that note, I've set up an e-mail account to receive responses. It's firstname.lastname@example.org (note that it's ".co.uk" not ".com").
Scoring will operate as follows:
For a correct team into the playoffs: 1 point for each
For correctly predicting team and what they will win: 1 point for each
For correct series winners in Divisional Series: 2 points for each
For correct series score in Divisional Series: 2 points for each
For correct ALCS/NLCS winners: 3 points for each
For correct series scores in above: 3 points for each
For correct World Series winners: 5 points
For correct World Series score: 5 points
I hope this is fair—if there are any complaints/suggestions, just e-mail me. Deadline for entries is next Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Also, please comment on this article, so that more people can see it and join in.
Unfortunately, there is no prize, other than the respect of your peers. Maybe I'll ask Zander or someone nicely, but I don't know.