More ESPN: Somebody believes the Braves will win it all!

At least one ESPN expert thinks this cat will go out on top. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

At least one among ESPN's experts thinks Chipper will go out on top. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Speaking of the Worldwide Leader and its many voices: ESPN has polled its baseball writers, and one of them believes these Braves are bound for glory. Good news: Enrique Rojas of ESPN deportes picks the local nine to beat the Yankees in six games in the Fall Classic.

Bad news: Twenty-eight other ESPNers feel otherwise.

The breakdown: Twenty-five of the 29 see the Braves prevailing in the play-in game against St. Louis today; 11 of those 25 have the Braves beating the Washington Nationals in the Division Series; four of those 11 have the Braves handling either the Reds or the Giants in the NLCS, and good ol’ Enrique Rojas has Atlanta going the distance.

For the record, here’s the breakdown on the predicted-by-ESPN champ: Tigers seven votes, Yankees and Giants and Nationals five each, Reds four, Texas and Oakland and Atlanta one apiece. That means nobody is picking St. Louis or Baltimore, the No. 2 wild cards.

As noted early, this is fun stuff. (Particularly fun is noting how many baseball experts ESPN has.) But it also indicates what we’ve known — or should have known — all along: That the baseball postseason is a crap shoot, and in this particular year there’s nothing close to a consensus. There is, however, a rather odd groundswell for the Tigers, who tied St. Louis for the 12th-best record in baseball.

For further reading: ESPN’s Jayson Stark (who’s here at Turner Field, FYI) polled the 16 big-league execs, general mangers and scouts, and five of them have the Braves advancing to the Fall Classic. Three have them winning it all. (Mr. Stark likes the Giants over the Tigers, but he admits he was tempted to pick the Braves. Why didn’t he? “I wasn’t going to pick a team that could be out by tonight,” he said.)

By Mark Bradley

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Hillbilly D

October 5th, 2012
1:13 pm

Who pays any attention to what ESPN says about baseball?

oldschool15

October 5th, 2012
1:21 pm

After last years’s collapse, the Braves turned it around and made the playoffs. Stay positive people!

Hillbilly D

October 5th, 2012
1:26 pm

the baseball post-season is a crap shoot

Yes it is. It’s about whichever team’s 1-3 starting pitchers get hot, always is.

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Blazing Gooch

October 5th, 2012
1:29 pm

Braves win, Dawgs Win, Falcons Win, Tech looses.

BravesFan79

October 5th, 2012
1:30 pm

Ive thought for years the Tigers had the team to win it all, and it would be good for the city of Detroit. Lord knows they have one of the best managers of all time. I dont see the Nationals getting to the world series, i just dont think there that good. Go Braves! Step 1 starts today!

Wilbo

October 5th, 2012
1:32 pm

There wouldn’t be anymore of a consensus about who would win the Superbowl or March Madness or the NBA Finals. The term “crapshoot” has one application and one application only. That being as a smear everywhere excuse for Bobby Cox’s incredible October incompetence. They oughtta take down all those little year banners at the Ted and replace them with one big banner about 350 feet long and 25 feet tall. CRAPSHOOT! If that blocks the view of any seats, sell them at 1/2 price. Mark this down as a 100% stone cold lock. The Atlanta Braves WILL NOT win 4 games in October 2012

rpollardrealtor

October 5th, 2012
1:32 pm

Man I can’t take this wait anymore!!!!! I feel Godly things happening tonight and the rest of the postseason!!!! Lets go Braves! We are in the playoffs and going to win it all! Hopefully against the Yankees so we can pay back for the 90s years!!!! Damnit I can’t wait til 5:07!

BravesFan79

October 5th, 2012
1:33 pm

I think the Braves 1,2,3 starting pitchers (Medlen, Hudson, Minor) match up well with anyone in baseball. Lets hope Uggla catches fire, and MBac feels better.

Ms. Primm the spelling teacher

October 5th, 2012
1:37 pm

it’s “loses”, not “looses”

it’s “they’re”, not “there” or “their”.

tricky, I know…

Commerce Elementary School was a great place

Somebody get J-Hey some sunglasses!

October 5th, 2012
1:40 pm

Very nervous about todays game. Go Bravos!

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 5th, 2012
1:46 pm

One game.. at home… with Medlin on the mound?

What could possibly go wrong?

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 5th, 2012
1:48 pm

unless Mark says the Braves will win. :-)

Heisenberg

October 5th, 2012
1:52 pm

“That means nobody is picking St. Louis or Baltimore”

I give you the 2012 MLB World Series participants.

Hoosier Aaron

October 5th, 2012
1:54 pm

Mark, you left off the votes for LeBron and Tony Romo.
Every segment on ESPN involves those two doesn’t it?

Abernish

October 5th, 2012
1:57 pm

Long live Enrique Rojas!!

Mark Bradley

October 5th, 2012
2:01 pm

I have avoided making a pick on this tilt, I’ll have you know.

Surely, he meant for Tech would "lose."

October 5th, 2012
2:02 pm

Wonder how Tech is going to “loose” on Saturday? And don’t call me Surely.

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 5th, 2012
2:07 pm

Mark Bradley: “have avoided making a pick on this tilt, I’ll have you know.”

Then we’ve got a shot!

Brock

October 5th, 2012
2:12 pm

If the blogs have shown us one consistent thing it’s that the majority of the people that post on them have a hard time with the use of “loose” and “lose”.

So ready for this game to get started. Let’s go Braves!

Win one for the Chipper!

October 5th, 2012
2:19 pm

I’m glad the Braves have at least a chance to send Chipper out as a champion!

It all starts in a few hours. GO BRAVES!

DAWG POUND

October 5th, 2012
2:22 pm

HOW BOUT DEM DAWGS!!!!

DAWG POUND

October 5th, 2012
2:24 pm

Oops, wrong article!

Ahh, Bravos…. Even they can win a 1 game playoff! Series??? I’m not so sure about!!! Not enough bats this year, but GO BRAVES anyway!!!

Skokie Dog

October 5th, 2012
2:52 pm

There seems to be a consensus in today’s blog comments: Braves need to stay loose so that they don’t lose. The key to October will be how effective the Braves’ players are at discouraging Fredi from reaching for his cap.

Skokie Dog

October 5th, 2012
2:54 pm

I have one more comment to offer today, and it’s about the play-in playoff format. With Bud Selig and his friends in the MLB brain trust devising this scheme, I’m astonished that they didn’t make the play-in a best-of-two series.

Home of the Braves

October 5th, 2012
2:57 pm

Didn’t ESPN consider Bobby Valentine a “baseball expert?” And didn’t Bobby Valentine lead the Red Sox to their worst season in almost 50 years? So enough about the baseball experts.

Josh

October 5th, 2012
2:57 pm

ESPN has got to be the reason the unemployment rate continues to fall. How does one apply to get on these many “ESPN Expert” jobs?

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 5th, 2012
3:00 pm

Is this really a “playoff” game? It’s kinda like the “Play-in” game to decide which teams make it into the NCAA tourney.

Technically, it may be post-season play (since the regular season is over) but I don’t know if it’s the playoffs.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE

October 5th, 2012
3:02 pm

Now wait just a moment…Tech has a real chance of winning if they change their schedule to play….uumm, say…ahhh, say Grady High School!! Alright, lets do it…I’ll take Tech & 1 1/2 points!!

I'M IN!!

October 5th, 2012
3:06 pm

Now look…a one game, winner take-all “playoff”….I’m 100% sure that I am not the only one who thinks this stinks…first of all, its baseball…one game…PHOOOEY!!!

GT Letterwinner

October 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

Go Braves…prove EPSN’s experts wrong, and bring it back to Atlanta, again! I was there in ‘95 and will be there this year, for sure.

Keith

October 5th, 2012
3:12 pm

Anything can happen in one game. Go BRAVES! :)

Stinger 2

October 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

The Braves deserve congratulations and respect for what they have accomplished this year regardless if they win or lose today. They have overcome some key injuries (Beachy, McCann, Simmons and Chipper and lever looked back. Fredi has done a great job despite all the negative and sometimes personal insults. GO Braves!

Keith

October 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

Stinger2, agreed!

Fredi didn’t stand pat with the “status quo” this year and made some really good managerial moves. And was able to lift then up from last year’s epic collapse. COuld be the year for Chipper and the Braves!

Matt

October 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

“I wasn’t going to pick a team that could be out by tonight,” he said.)

So he wanted to have a better chance of being right? What he should’ve said is that “I crunch too many numbers and statistics and this is why me and my other statistical cohorts are wrong most of the time and the ex players who work for ESPN are right most of the time.” Baseball is not won on paper.

Jake Taylor- “this is baseball, anything can happen”

Dawg back from Malta

October 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

The only thing ESPN “baseball experts” should be doing is taking Chris Bermen off the homerun derby broadcast….backbackbackbackbackbackback

Vol-in-Tears

October 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

perfect fall would be:
Braves Win it all
Titans Win it all
SEC repeats again
Obama is re-elected
hockey stays on strike the whole year.

braveslover

October 5th, 2012
3:27 pm

The glass is half-full here folks. “Anything can happen” can be positive for the Braves as well as going against them. My prediction: 5-2 Braves.

Matt

October 5th, 2012
3:29 pm

Dawg back from Malta- totally agree. Could do without him in any capacity.

Let's Be Real

October 5th, 2012
3:32 pm

Y’all are believing in Fredi. Placing a bet on St. Louis at the moment.

Duluth Dawg

October 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

@ Vol

A PERFECT fall would be:
Dawgs win it all
Braves win it all
Falcons win it all
Obama doesn’t get re-elected
Romney doesn’t get elected
McDonald’s brings back the McRib permanently
NBA goes on strike
NHL stays on strike
I win the lottery

I would be happy if only 1 of those were to come true!! Ha

southern hope

October 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

hey guys, what blog are you all using as the official game blog? the AJC sports page seems a bit messed up…only the old DOB column is showing up on the Braves home page….and can’t find one that looks like the real thing….

PMC

October 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

I have a lot of good feelings about this club. GO Braves!

JoeBravesFan

October 5th, 2012
3:53 pm

It’s ridiculous how many “experts” ESPN has…but none of them are psychic. ANYTHING can happen in the postseason.

Another ridiculous thing is that the Rays AND Angels finished with better regular season records than the Tigers, but because the Tigers were in a crappy division, THEY made the playoffs and the Rays and Angels went home early. This is proof that divisions need to go away. Here’s how the playoffs SHOULD be decided:

1)The 5 best teams in each league make the playoffs.
2) The 4th seed will play at home against the 5th seed in a one game playoff. The winner of that game will face the #1 seeded team in a best of 5 series. Homefield advantage to the #1 team.
3) The 2nd and 3rd place teams would face each other in a best of 5 series with homefield advantage for the 2nd seeded team.
4) Winners of those series go on to the best of 7 LCS and the winners of those go to the best of 7 World Series.

bfred

October 5th, 2012
3:57 pm

Even for MLB the one game thing is impressively stupid. It’s my ace against your ace, and may the best ace win. At least stretch it to three. Yeesh.

Let's Be Real

October 5th, 2012
4:06 pm

“Vol-in-tears” is a good username

TCumpton

October 5th, 2012
4:07 pm

ESPN, you mean the homer station from New York

redwave73

October 5th, 2012
4:17 pm

ESPN = Red Sox vs Yankess (all year long!!!)

Hammer the Homer

October 5th, 2012
4:17 pm

I am taking the Braves in this one today……….YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Jake

October 5th, 2012
4:21 pm

There’s always next year…