Question: Forty-five ESPN baseball experts were asked to pick a winner in the AL East. Every last one picked the Red Sox. Of course you are biased (and so am I), but do you really see it as that cut and dried? Red Sox win. Yankees don't. Let's not bother to play the rest of the regular season?â†µ
Answer: If you asked me this question a week ago, I would have said yes, it is that cut and dry -- I really thought the Red Sox were THE team to beat in baseball before the season started. (Which isn't to say the Yankees are a bad team, of course -- I fully expect them to win their standard 90-95 games this season.) But now? Well, they're still a very good team, obviously, but now they have a bit of work ahead of them. To win the East, they probably need to win 95 games, which means they need to win 61 percent of their remaining games ... winning three of every five games from now until October is no easy task.â†µ
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