Sports Illustrated picks Nationals to win World Series (again)

Chris Lingebach
March 20, 2018 - 7:26 pm

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


Oh gosh. Sports Illustrated is picking the Nationals to win the World Series again.

Nationals fans will hope we here at Sports Illustrated can catch lightning in a bottle again with our World Series prediction. 

Last season, our 2014 prediction that the Astros would win the 2017 World Series came true. (Let’s ignore that in last year’s MLB preview issue we said Houston would lose in the ALDS to the Red Sox.) This year, the magazine staff has picked the Nationals to win their first ever World Series title.

Not since 2015 has SI gone back to this well. Which, well, hasn't gone so well.

First, there was 2013, when SI picked the Nats over Tampa. (Reality: Washington, overwhelmed by Davey Johnson's 'World Series Or Bust' proclamation, missed the postseason.)

Then there was 2014, when the Nats were supposed to best the Athletics. (Reality: They were eliminated in four games by the Giants in the NLDS, including a greuling18-inning Game 2 loss at home.)

2015? The Nationals are actually making their World Series debut for real this time (but not really), only they'll lose to the Indians. (Reality: The Nats fell short of the postseason again, going out in a Papelbrawl because-he's-our-closer blaze of glory.)

SI turned away from the Nats in each of the past two years, allowing Washington to complete its first set of back-to-back division titles, culminating with a pair of division series Game-5 failures.

But sure. New manager. The final year of Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Another passing-of-the-torch recipient in Victor Robles on the way.

Why not ruin Nats fans' souls one more time, SI?

Oh, but it's not enough to send the Nats to the World Series on paper again. Who is SI sending from the AL? That would be the New York Yankees.

It's got to be the Yankees, right? The team whose fans have lorded over Nats Twitter for three years with an endless barrage of we're-gonna-steal-your-man threats.

Yeah. Perfect.

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