Sports Illustrated has named the Washington Nationals this year's World Series favorite and has placed their star pitcher on one of six regional covers. With that I suppose that means Stephen Strasburg's arm will fall off by mid-June and Bryce Harper will be suspended for bumping in to an umpire at some point and Jayson Werth's hair will start falling out by September.
Mr. October, huh? Seems kind of sacrilegious to use one of baseball's best nicknames for a Hall of Famer like Reggie Jackson and placing it on a pitcher who could not even pitch in his first possible postseason because the management of the team decided to shut him down for the sake of 2017.
Anyway, not one of Sports Illustrated's writers picked the Phillies to reach the postseason, but they were labeled as a surprise team this season. Writes Albert Chen:
We have no idea what Philadelphia is going to get out of Roy Halladay, but it still has two elite starters in...