ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume explains why he picked the Astros last year

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Last year, ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume famously picked the Houston Astros to win the NL Central.  They then proceeded to lose 106 games.  Missed it by thaaaaaat much.

Today Berthiaume explains the thought process behind the pick that caused him so much grief:

I had written a piece for this website in September of 2010 and felt obligated to remain consistent six months later despite the realization that a moment of bold optimism had deteriorated into a sinking ship. I naively thought, “Well what the heck, it’s just a harmless predictions list anyway, right?” BOOM!!!! Here’s a link.

Silly Steve Berthiaume. Thinking that consistency and intellectual honesty get one anywhere on the Internet.

But a nice move eating that crow anyway. Most of us just pretend we never made those bad predictions in the first place. It’s actually quite easy!

Dodgers add Scott Alexander to World Series roster, drop Caleb Ferguson

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Just as the Red Sox did, the Dodgers swapped out a pitcher for the World Series, replacing lefty Caleb Ferguson with lefty Scott Alexander.

Ferguson, a rookie, had made six appearances in the postseason, facing only one batter on three occasions and no more than three batters in any outing. He hasn’t allowed any hits or runs in three aggregate innings of work and has walked only one. The Dodgers might be concerned about his workload, however, as his velocity dipped as the NLCS wore on.

In Alexander, the Dodgers get a lefty with a bit more durability. Alexander pitched in 73 games in 2018. He made the NLDS roster, appearing in one game against the Braves, pitching a perfect inning in Game 3.

Here’s the entire World Series roster for Los Angeles: