Sometimes things don't turn out quite the way you expect them to. Like the entire first half of the 1987 baseball season. In the April 6 issue of SI, we confidently made our predictions. On your left, the way we saw it then; on your right, the way it was at midseason (the figure following the current rankings indicates a plus or minus when compared with our preseason picks). The biggest booms: the Expos, Cubs, Tigers and Twins. The biggest busts: the Mets, Indians, Phillies, Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox.
MVP—Eric Davis, Cincinnati
CY YOUNG AWARD—Ron Darling, New York
BATTING CHAMPION—Tim Raines, unsigned
HR CHAMPION—Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR—Benito Santiago, San Diego
FIREMAN OF THE YEAR—Lee Smith, Chicago