Jeff Smith 7 a.m., March 30
Padres Have Zero Chance to Make Playoffs?
On the back page of the Personal Journal section of Thursday's (March 11) Wall Street Journal is a great big "0%" headline in red. Underneath is the copy: "The percentage that the San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians or Pittsburgh Pirates will make the Major League Baseball playoffs this season." The source is PredictionMachine.com. I cannot speak for the expertise of this outfit, and the Wall Street Journal, while an excellent publication, does print forecasts of all kinds that prove to be off the mark. I certainly have no competence to assess the Padres's chances this season. Maybe PredictionMachine.com emphasizes payrolls; the Padres's is one of baseball's lowest.