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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
SI picks Sox to win 100 ... and World Series

By ESPNBoston.com

‘Tis the season for baseball predictions (we’ll have ours tomorrow!), so it is in that spirit we pass along Sports Illustrated's pick to win 100 games and their third World Series in seven years: The Boston Red Sox.

Call it the kiss of death if you want, but SI is pretty high on the Red Sox, picking them to win seven more games than any other team in baseball and eight more than the wild-card Yankees. They pick Boston to beat the West champion A’s in the ALDS and the Central champion Twins in the ALCS before defeating the Giants in the Fall Classic.

Here are their predicted win totals for every team:

AL EAST
Red Sox (100-62)
Yankees (92-70)*
Rays (84-78)
Orioles (78-84)
Blue Jays (77-85)

AL CENTRAL
Twins (90-72)
Tigers (89-73)
White Sox (84-78)
Indians (70-92)
Royals (67-95)

AL WEST
A’s (87-75)
Rangers (85-77)
Angels (77-85)
Mariners (63-99)

NL EAST
Phillies (93-69)
Braves (89-73)
Marlins (85-77)
Nationals (75-87)
Mets (74-88)

NL CENTRAL
Reds (89-73)
Brewers (84-78)
Cubs (81-81)
Cardinals (78-84)
Pirates (65-97)
Astros (64-98)

NL WEST
Giants (91-71)
Rockies (90-72)*
Dodgers (82-80)
Padres (76-86)
Diamondbacks (71-91)

* - wild card team