Mark Appel

Three up, three down | World Series predictions, accountability and Terry Collins' Mets record

Three up, three down | World Series predictions, accountability and Terry Collins' Mets record

A look at what’s trending in Major League Baseball this week:

THREE UP

Sports Illustrated: It was three years ago, with the Houston Astros coming off three consecutive 100-loss seasons, that SI proclaimed them — on its cover — as “Your 2017 World Series Champs.” Hey, look now: the Astros have the best record in the major leagues. The SI vision for how the Astros would win the World Series is not quite as impressive: George Springer as AL MVP (longshot), Mark Appel as Cy Young contender (failed prospect, traded in 2015), Brady Aiken gets the last out (unsigned draft pick). But good for SI for spotting a winner in the making. The SI folks were...

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