So as is my tradition every baseball season I'm going to put $10 on the Brewers winning the World Series. I've done this every year since I was like 3 so why break tradition now right? And as I was looking over those odds (paying out 50 to 1 btw) I decided to take a look at what the predicted season victory total was in Vegas. Now typically Vegas is spot on with these predictions, or at least within a win or two. Enough to make most gamblers sweat at the end of the year at the very least. Which sort of makes one wonder how they can be that accurate year in year out? But that's another conspiracy for another day. The point is when I got to the Brewers predicted season win total I spit out coffee that I wasn't even drinking. 81 wins. 81. That's it. Is Vegas serious with that number? That's enough to make Matthew Lesko here break out his Riddler costume and shoot an infomercial from Bernie's Clubhouse. As a side note what happened to Matthew Lesko? I remember a time when you couldn't turn on ESPN and not see Lesko doing the Charleston all over your TV screen telling you how to make a billion dollars. I think I saw him at Aldi's once, but I couldn't be sure. He's like Sasquatch. People claim to have seen him, but no one has a clear photo. Maybe History Channel will do a 'Monster Quest: Lesko' edition.
Anyway, I can't imagine a scenario where the Brewers do not win 82 games. They had the worst pitching staff in the entire NATIONAL LEAGUE last season and still won 80 games. Randy Wolf and Doug Davis have to be worth at least 2 wins right? And with Suppan on the DL not giving up 13 earned runs every 5 days we should have 81 wins by the end May based on my calculations. That plus Sports Illustrated has them picked 4th in the Central. The same Sports Illustrated that predicted the Bucks to finish 16th of 16 teams in the Eastern Coonference this season. So based on that math the Brewers will win the World Series twice this season.
That plus there's this article written on Ryan Braun: http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100226&content_id=8143678&vkey=news_mil&fext=.jsp&c_id=mil
I intended to blog about this when it was written in February but got sidetracked with ruining people's NCAA tournament brackets, videos of goats and lambs, and cup stacking. You can't be everywhere at once you know? Either way reading this makes me believe that Ryan Braun may will win the MVP this year. Just the quote at the end alone: "I'm in an amazing place. I feel great. I feel like baseball has given me this opportunity to be a positive influence on other peoples' lives, and when it comes down to it that's what life is all about. Be happy. I'm happy right now." Read: Major Leage Baseball pitchers have been officially been put on notice. Bonus word: lesko.
PS: Whatever Lesko is doing these days he must have some insane deal with google. Just type in 'free money' into a google image search yields 17 pictures of Lesko. I mean he's almost on the second 'o' page for crying out loud.
PPS: If Jeff Suppan knows what's good for him he puts ALL his 12.5 million dollars this season on the over of 81 wins. He's not going to trick anyone else into signing him next offseason, so may as well double up while you can.