Sports Illustrated predicts the Washington Nationals will beat the Tampa Rays in the 2013 World Series.
In SI’s “Baseball Preview” issue, on newsstands tomorrow, senior writer Tom Verducci says pitcher Stephen Strasburg (featured on one of six SI regional covers) and his Nats look like the 1986 Mets, also managed by Nats manager Davey Johnson: “Like the ’86 Mets, the 2013 Nationals are the best team on paper at the start of the season. And like that championship team, Washington has young power pitching, a deep bullpen with multiple closers, a blend of power and speed, and an unmistakable swagger.” SI predicts Bryce Harper (who was on the Feb. 25 cover) wins NL MVP, and Strasburg wins Cy Young.
The preview issue features 42 pages of scouting reports, including standings and playoff predictions, stat projections from rotowire.com, and takes on every team through the eyes of rival scouts.
Via Mike Allen of Politico.