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BenFred: Calling the shots for what should be a more predictable year in St. Louis

BenFred: Calling the shots for what should be a more predictable year in St. Louis

All things considered, I did OK.

No one — at least no one writing sports for a living — predicted a pandemic.

COVID-19 scrambled everything, including more than a few of my 2020 predictions for the St. Louis sports scene.

Paul Goldschmidt could not make the All-Star game as predicted, for example, because no All-Star game was played.

But I had Marcell Ozuna moving on from the Cardinals, and Kwang Hyun Kim making more starts for the Cardinals than Carlos Martinez, and the Cardinals returning to the playoffs, though no one could have predicted their route.

My worst prediction?

That the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues would once again clash with the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. Both were leading their respective conferences when the virus lockdown occurred. Things were looking good. But neither team looked very interested in bubble hockey when play resumed. Coincidence? Probably not.

If anything, 2020 reminded us of the inherent risks of predictions.

They're not pandemic-proof.

Nonetheless, here are the shots I'm calling for what will hopefully be a more predictable 2021.

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