Houston Astros: Most formal pre-season sports predictions are lame.
You, a grizzled veteran of online and traditional sports commentary, know this. In these columns, some moderately informed analyst takes the conventional wisdom and organizes it neatly, then claims the aggregation of these truths speaks to his own perception. When he’s wrong — as most predictions are — he either ducks accountability by never referencing his predictions again or claims that everyone felt this way, calling into question what the purpose of his writing was in the first place.
The predictions in this piece will not support the conventional wisdom. That said, they are also not shock value predictions. I believe them, and will lay out my case for each. They are simply areas where my own insight into the Astros leads me to a fairly unique conclusion. Some are optimistic, others are pessimistic.
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