Sports Illustrated has 13 regular baseball writers. Those writers have made their picks for the dvision winners and wild cards in the AL and NL. Every writer save one picked the Mets and Phillies to both make the playoffs. There's apparently a total consensus that these two teams are better than any other potential runner-up in baseball. This raises a few possibilities that are not mutually exclusive of one another:
1. Sports Illustrated writers are all conformists.
2. Sports Illustrated writers are all a product of their location and assume that the teams in the Northeast are better than they are.
3. The line about baseball having achieved parity is wrong because major market teams are still overwhelming favorites in five of the six divisions. (The corollary is that the only factor creating parity in baseball is the post-season lottery that seemingly penalizes the teams with the best records.)
4. The Garret Anderson-Jordan Schafer-Jeff Francoeur outfield isn't strking fear into the hearts of people who watch baseball for a living.