August 24, 2013; Flushing,NY,USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
The ones that were fairly close (+/-5 to +/-9)
New York Mets (-5): Can you call being five games off a big surprise? I was surprised at how bad the Mets were at times this season.
Milwaukee (-6): Speaking of bad. I knew the Brewers would have a bit of a drop off this year, but I didn’t think they’d fall to 4th in the division. I figured them for around .500.
New York Yankees (-6): If there ever were a way to be oh so close yet so freaking far, this is the one. I truly thought the Yanks had one more run in them….and to be fair, they stayed in the wild-card chase until just near the end. They could have easily earned six more wins if they had been healthier.
Washington (-6): Many experts’ darling to not only make it to the World Series, but win it. I never bought the hype….I didn’t on Toronto either. But I figured the Nats would give the Braves a run at the end. They cut the lead but the Braves were never in any danger of losing it.
Minnesota (+7): I thought the Twins would be bad. They were, but I thought they would be 100+ losses bad. They weren’t.
Arizona (+7): There are a few times that really give me fits each year in my predictions: The Royals, Indians and Diamondbacks. To only be off by seven games on the D-Backs this year, is an accomplishment.