ESPN Says Cubs Will Win World Series

Andrew ShafferContributor IOctober 1, 2008

ESPN's Jayson Stark has posted the official ESPN prediction for the World Series: the Cubs over the Red Sox.

"I could guarantee you right now," said Boston's Sean Casey on a Cubs-Sox Series, "that we'd set a record for (TV) ratings. It'll be nuts, man. Just nuts."

Stark believes that the Red Sox and Cubs have similar lineups and deep rotations, but that the series will be won by the bullpens.

"(Carlos) Marmol and (Kerry) Wood combined for 198 strikeouts in 153-and-two-thirds innings—making them the only bullpen duo in baseball that averaged over 11 Ks per nine innings apiece. Jonathan Papelbon-Justin Masterson isn't bad," Stark wrote. "But it isn't that dominating."

It's nothing less than what Ryan Dempster promised in spring training. However, coming from ESPN, many fans are thinking, "Don't curse us."

Forget about it.

"Our friends from Chicago are already pleading with us not to write this column. Sorry," Stark apologized.

I think he underestimates the 2008 Cubs. There is no curse. There is no goat. One hundred long years is just a number.

If the Cubs blow it, it won't be because of a black cat or a Bartman—it will be due to the fact that they are not a championship team. It means that the pitchers are tired. Or maybe the bats are slumping.

The loss cannot be blamed on a sports network's prediction.