Before every baseball season I like to make a bunch of predictions and fake prop bets about the upcoming year, and after each year ends, I like to circle back around and check on how I did.
This is a somewhat excruciating exercise for at least two reasons. First, I’m not very good at gambling, and these follow-up posts serve as evidence to be used against me anytime my wife and I find ourselves in Vegas and I ask for permission to sit at a table for an hour. Second, I’m reminded of how silly predictions are at all. Below, you’re going to read about a bunch of things that I thought would be keys to the 2013 season. And somehow, you’re not going to read a whole lot about Yan Gomes and Ryan Raburn, two of the team’s four most valuable players. That’s the nature of prognostication, I suppose. Not just that we’ll be wrong about the answers, but that we’ll have been so wrong about the questions.
None of this, by the way, will prevent me from doing this all again, ad infinitum, until the warm earth receives me. Below are the bets and how we did.