For full disclosure, in March, I predicted the St. Louis Cardinals would be the 2015 World Series champions. In retrospect, it wasn't a bad call. They had the best record in the regular season, but fell to the Cubs in the National League Division Series. (I had the Cardinals beating the Detroit Tigers in the World Series; way off on my American League pick.)
Now that there are four teams remaining, I'm putting up a new prognostication, and so are my Baltimore Sun baseball colleagues Eduardo A. Encina and Peter Schmuck:
I have the Kansas City Royals beating the Toronto Blue Jays in seven games in the AL Championship Series, the Cubs knocking off the New York Mets in six and the Royals winning it all in six World Series contests.
Ed is taking the Blue Jays over the Royals in seven, the Cubs over the Mets in seven and the Blue Jays over the Cubs in six.
Pete has the Blue Jays in six games over the Royals, the Cubs in seven over the Mets and then the Blue Jays over the Cubs in six.
In other Orioles news, confirming multiple reports, bench coach John Russell agreed to a two-year extension with the Orioles before the regular season ended. The remainder of Buck Showalter's coaching staff was offered contracts this week and one source said the expectation is that all have signed, or will sign shortly, most likely to one-year deals. Their current contracts run out at the end of October. Although all are expected to return to the organization, there might be one or two alterations to specific responsibilities. The club is expected to officially announce the signings as a group. Showalter is signed through 2018.