Yes I know the post-season has already begun but that isn’t stopping me from posting my predictions. I would like to start off by ranking who I think the best teams are in order. This isn’t necessarily how I think the playoffs will turn out because as we all know, you never know what can happen in baseball as we all saw on the last game of the season.
- Texas Rangers
- Detroit Tigers
- New York Yankees
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Milwuakee Brewers
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- St. Louis Cardinals
Now remember those rankings do not mirror my projections for the playoffs. Here are my matchup predictions
Detroit Tigers over New York Yankees:
Yes, the Yankees had the best record in the AL this year but that pitching staff worries me. In this matchup I have the Tigers winning the series. The Tigers have the best one-two punch in the AL with Cy Young frontrunner Justin Verlander followed by Doug Fister. They have a great looking lineup lead by Miguel Cabrera followed by a good supporting cast in Alex Avila, Johnny Peralta and Victor Martinez. The key to this matchup though is the Tigers 3 and 4 pitchers; Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello. The two have been great at times but are inconsistent. If they perform, then things will be looking good for the Tigers.
Texas Rangers over Tampa Bay Rays:
Both teams have been very hot as of late but I have the Rangers over the Rays. Texas has the best offense in the playoffs period and that Will Carry them. The Rays offense has looked great as of late but I just don’t know how long that will keep up. The Rangers rotation looked very good to end the season and I think they will keep this up. To top it all off they have a very good bullpen.
Phillies over Cardinals:
The Cardinals just squeaked in with the help of the Phillies but I have the Phillies winning this one. They have the best playoff rotation which will be a big part to their playoff success. The Cardinals have been very hot of late and I think Albert Pujols will make things difficult for the Philles but the Phillies rotation and playoff experience will carry them into the second round.
Brewers over Diamondbacks:
The Diamonbacks were a great story this year as they came out of nowhere but I think the success stops here against the Brewers. I really like the Brewers rotation and any lineup looks great if it has Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun in the middle of it. While the Brewers rotation doesn’t have a big time pitcher, I think it is very deep with Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum, and Randy Wolf. The lineup looks good behind the Brewers big two and I think that Milwaukee will just be too much for the Diamondbacks
League Championship Series:
So there are my predictions for the divisional round of the playoffs. Here are my predictions for the League Championship series:
Rangers over Tigers:
I think the Rangers offense will be the story again as it will be too much for the Tigers to handle. The Tigers righty heavy lineup will make things interesting though, against the Rangers lefty dominated rotation.
Brewers over Phillies:
This matchup is very close to me but I have the Brewers over the Phillies in what I think will be a seven game series. Both rotations look great but I think the younger Brewers will outlast the Phillies. An important part of this matchup is going to be how the rest of the Brewers offense does besides Braun and Fielder.
At the beginning of they year I predicted the Red Sox over the Phillies in the World Series. Well the Red Sox failed to make the playoffs and I have the Phillies losing in the League Championship series. My World Series matchup will be the Milwaukee Brewers against the Texas Rangers. This matchup will be a battle of the offenses and I think we will see a lot of homeruns. When all is said and done though, I think the Brewers will be the World Series champions. I think the rotation will really step up for them and Braun and Fielder will carry them. I think the MVP of the series will be Prince Fielder, a fitting way for him to end his time with the Brewers as it appears this will be his last season.
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