It’s a tired cliché that gets uttered nearly every time a team wins a league title or advances to a big postseason game:

“Nobody believed in this team except for ourselves.”

But in the case of the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals, that line couldn’t have been more accurate thanks to the so-called baseball “experts” at ESPN.

Despite clinching their second-straight appearance in the World Series on Saturday night, a look back showed that not a single one of ESPN’s 45 so-called baseball experts predicted the Rangers would be making a repeat appearance in the Fall Classic this season.

And if you include the Cardinals, ESPN’s “experts” went 0-for-90 in their World Series team selections.

Yikes. Whatever happened to being [warning, here comes another tired cliché] the team to beat until they’re knocked off?

“Not too many people believed in us,” Elvis Andrus told Fox after the game, “… but we showed the rest of the world that we’re here for a reason.”


Yes they are. Because they played the best team baseball down the stretch, which is something the heavily favored Red Sox failed at miserably. A Red Sox team that nearly all of baseball experts picked to reach the series, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in most cases.

On the National League side, only one (Jonah Keri, who ESPN claims but barely writes for them) picked a team that made it to the division championship series, and he took the Brewers. Who’d he have winning it all? The Red Sox, of course.

When the Cardinals closed out the Brewers on Sunday, it ensured not a single ESPN “expert” picked a team in the World Series.

So remember that next time you’re listening to ESPN before placing your next bet on who will win it all.

A look back at ESPN’s small-market-weatherman-like forecast of the 2011 season:

  • Marty Bernoski, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Aaron Boone, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Steve Berthiaume, Red Sox over Braves
  • Dave Cameron, Red Sox over Braves
  • Jim Caple, White Sox over Phillies
  • Jason Churchill, Red Sox over Braves
  • Tristan Cockcroft, Phillies over Yankees
  • Jerry Crasnick, Braves over Red Sox
  • Richard Durrett, Phillies over Red Sox
  • Gordon Edes, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Doug Glanville, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Jason Grey, Red Sox over Giants
  • Steve Goldman, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Pedro Gomez,Red Sox over Braves
  • Orel Hershiser, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Tony Jackson, Red Sox over Giants
  • Eric Karabell, Phillies over Rays
  • Jonah Keri, Red Sox over Brewers
  • John Kruk, Red Sox over Braves
  • David Kull, Rockies over Red Sox
  • Tim Kurkjian, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Keith Law, Red Sox over Braves
  • Andrew Marchand, Phillies over Red Sox
  • Joe McDonald, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Matt Meyers, Red Sox over Braves
  • Mark Mulder, Phillies over Red Sox
  • Amy K. Nelson, Braves over Red Sox
  • Dave O’Brien, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Buster Olney, Giants over Red Sox
  • Doug Padilla, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Nick Pietruszkiewicz, Phillies over Red Sox
  • Karl Ravech, Red Sox over Braves
  • Nate Ravitz, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Mark Saxon, Red Sox over Phillies
  • David Schoenfield, Red Sox over Braves
  • Jon Sciambi, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Dan Shulman, Red Sox over Braves
  • Mark Simon, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Jayson Stark, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Rick Sutcliffe, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Matt Szefc, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Peter Pascarelli, Red Sox over Giants
  • Bobby Valentine, Phillies over Red Sox
  • Dave Winfield, Red Sox over Phillies
  • Gene Wojciechowski, Red Sox over Phillies

And a sneak peek at ESPN’s small-market-weatherman-like forecast of the 2012 season: Phillies beat the Yankees (or Red Sox, if they hire any management with half a brain) in the World Series. Forget about the teams in this year’s Series, they’re not going to be any good next year.