Oakland Athletics

The experts have spoken, and they think the 2015 Giants and A’s are mediocre

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The last time the A’s and Giants were shut out of the postseason in the same year was 2011. Most experts think that’ll happen again in 2015. According to a vast majority of the baseball writers from CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo and ESPN, the Athletics are not a playoff team. According to an even vaster majority, the Giants’ season will end with an Oct. 4 game against the Rockies.

That’s what happens when your team’s offseason activities add up to what’s perceived as a “loss” — the experts go into the season thinking your team’s roster looks about as sexy as the A’s/Giants hat barely clinging to that dad’s head in the photo above.

CBS Sports

cbs AL West predictions 2015

CBS NL West predictions 2015

None of these five experts thought the A’s or Giants would make it to the postseason (Wild Card game included). We’ll remember this, CBS Sports.

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Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated AL predictions 2015

Sports Illustrated NL predictions 2015

The A’s got about as much love from these guys as either team got anywhere, with two predicted Wild Card berths and one division title. The Giants, on the other hand, went 0-for-6. By the way, SI’s experts (from left to right) are Tom Verducci, Albert Chen, Ben Reiter, Cliff Corcoran, Jay Jaffe and Joe Sheehan.

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Yahoo Sports

Yahoo MLB predictions

The tables turned, as this time the A’s weren’t picked to make the playoffs by one of the five Yahoo experts, while the Giants … were picked by a guy named Mark Townsend to get to the Wild Card game and lose. On a completely different subject, why has Yahoo consistently chosen formats and colors that make their content so difficult to read in recent years?

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ESPN

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ESPN Wild Card 2015 predictions
ESPN Wild Card predictions 2

The A’s and Giants were shut out on the division front, but they each got one Wild Card vote each.

Totals (31 experts)

  • A’s Wild Card: 3
  • A’s Division Title: 1
  • Giants Wild Card: 2
  • Giants Division Title: 0
  • A’s making the postseason: 12.9%
  • Giants making the postseason: 6.5%

Predictions from a non-expert

AL West

  1. Mariners
  2. A’s
  3. Angels
  4. Astros
  5. Rangers

AL Central

  1. Royals
  2. Indians
  3. Tigers
  4. White Sox
  5. Twins

AL East

  1. Red Sox
  2. Orioles
  3. Blue Jays
  4. Rays
  5. Yankees

AL Wild Card

  1. Orioles
  2. A’s

NL West

  1. Dodgers
  2. Giants
  3. Padres
  4. D-Backs
  5. Rockies

NL Central

  1. Pirates
  2. Cardinals
  3. Brewers
  4. Cubs
  5. Reds

NL East

  1. Nationals
  2. Marlins
  3. Mets
  4. Braves
  5. Phillies

NL Wild Card

  1. Cardinals
  2. Giants

AL Wild Card game: Orioles over A’s

NL Wild Card game: Giants over Cardinals

ALDS: Royals over Red Sox, Mariners over Orioles

NLDS: Nationals over Giants, Pirates over Dodgers

ALCS: Royals over Mariners

NLCS: Nationals over Pirates

World Series: Nationals over Royals

The Giants barely held off Bryce Harper last year, but that sure felt like foreshadowing didn’t it? What a force he was, absolutely fearless and sending Hunter Strickland fastballs into Contra Costa County. Then they went and added Max Scherzer to a rotation that already included Jordan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister. Even Matt Williams can’t screw that up … I think. 

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