Credit Steve Phillips for looking like a genius thus far in 2007.
The ESPN analyst more than went out on a limb before the baseball season when he picked Milwaukee to win the NL Central.
At the time, I’m sure most of us were laughing. But look who’s laughing now (Phillips) with Milwaukee leading the NL Central by seven games over the Chicago Cubs.
St. Louis was the obvious preseason pick in the division, coming off its 2006 World Series title. Houston can always be figured on to make a late-season run, and Cincinnati was hot most of last season. Then there are the Cubs who spent $300 million in the offseason; but are still the Cubs (see: losers).
Hardly anybody could have rightfully picked Pittsburgh to win the division, which left Milwaukee as a solid choice to finish fifth.
Obviously, Phillips saw something that the rest of us did not.