ESPN's has weighed in with the 2006 season predictions of 15 of their writers. Perhaps the most intriguing picks are for MVP, with one vote each for Grady Sizemore (from Jayson Stark) and the Pronk (from Jerry Crasnick).
Nine of out 15 pick the Indians to make the playoffs, compared with 10 out of 15 for the White Sox and only 1 in 15 for the Twins. Six pick the Indians to win the division, while eight pick the White Sox and one picks the Twins. The White Sox get two picks for the Wild Card, while the Indians get three. No Daynish Tigers hysteria in sight.
Sadly, nobody picked the Indians to win the pennant, while Chicago and Minnesota each get one pick. Homerignoramus Phil Rogers picks Chicago to win it all and Konerko to win the MVP. The Twins' oddball support comes from Rob Neyer, who some will remember picked the Indians as a possible surprise contender in 2004, making himself look very smart for about one week in August.
There is a loose consensus around Santana for Cy Young and Liriano for ROY; no mention of any Indians there, and interestingly, also no sign of the current Cy Young and ERA title holders, Colon and Millwood.