When Sports Illustrated's annual MLB preview hits newsstands this week, it will tell readers that the Washington Nationals are primed to win the World Series.
It was one year ago that Sports Illustrated predicted Washington to win the World Series. With "World Series or bust" bravado, the Nationals fell incredibly short of expectations, failing to even qualify for the postseason. That cover jinx may be real after all.
Matt Williams has not made any ridiculous claims (yet), so perhaps the Nationals will be silently motivated to prove doubters wrong. We will find out soon enough.
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