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Major League Baseball Playoff Predictions

Posted on: August 31, 2008 5:32 pm
 
The following are my predictions for the 2008 MLB playoffs:

National League
1. Chicago Cubs - NL Central Champions
2. Philadelphia Phillies - NL East Champions
3. Arizona Diamondbacks - NL West Champions
4. Milwaukee Brewers - NL Wild Card Champions

American League
1. Tampa Bay Rays - AL East Champions
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - AL West Champions
3. Minnesota Twins - AL Central Champions
4. Boston Red Sox - AL Wild Card Champions

National League Division Series
Cubs over Diamondbacks in four games
Brewers over Phillies in five games

National League Championship Series
Cubs over Brewers in six games

American League Division Series
Rays over Twins in five games
Angels over Red Sox in five games

Aerican League Championship Series
Angels over Rays in six games

World Series
Angels over Cubs in six games

A FEW POINTS:
1. I know I'm a Diamondbacks fan, but I still don't think they have enough to get past the Cubs. The D-backs have a strong front three in their rotation with Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, and Randy Johnson, but Rich Harden is pitching better than Haren at the moment and Carlos Zambrano should be healthy come playoff time. The Cubs also have a much better offense and bullpen. The D-backs' 'pen has been in shambles for quite some time now.

2. I don't think the White Sox have enough relief pitching to win the AL Central, and their "Live or Die by the Home Run" philosophy will hurt them in the playoffs when they go up against better pitching staffs.

3. The Rays are tough at home and are playing too well right now to let up on their division lead. I don't see the Red Sox catching up to them in the AL East with the injuries that Boston has to key players like Curt Schilling, Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett, and J.D. Drew. The Yankees don't have enough pitching to get out of third place.




Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2008 9:04 am
 

Major League Baseball Playoff Predictions

I do believe you are dead on n all but one, The Mets win the east over the Phillies.




Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2008 11:30 pm
 

Major League Baseball Playoff Predictions

I am an Angels season ticket holder and die-hard fan...so I, of coarse, love your predictions.  That said, I still wonder if we have enough offense to go into October and win it all.  We have finally owned Boston this year in the regular season, but it only matters in the playoffs.  And Tampa Bay has owned us this year.  Now, they have owned most teams this year, but it is very likely that we will face them in the ALCS.  I do love our starting pitching and our bullpen for the most part.  Our weakness is the bottom of our line-up.  I know that Brandon Wood has lit up the stat sheets over the past couple of years in the minors, but he may be in over his head at the plate against top level pitching he will face in the playoffs.  Sean Rodriguez is an impressive indivdual who is just a year or two from starting everyday for someone.  I don't think it will be for the Angels, but I think he will be good soon.  If Aybar, Izturis and Kendrick were healthy, you might as well hand the Angels the World Series trophy now.  But they are not.  So let the playoffs begin.  No one will have an answer for the powerful Cubbies this year in the National League.  I say they only lose two games before they fly to Anaheim to start the World Series.  Lackey and Zambrano should provide for a memorable game 1.  Vlady will finally get his ring, as will Torii.  And the Cubs will have to wait one more year. 



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2008 7:40 pm
 

Major League Baseball Playoff Predictions

I like it but I think the Mets will pull it out in the East.

They get a bad rap for the bullpen, but Luis Ayala has been faboulous (sp?) for them. He's collected a few saves for them ad his most recent bad outing was due to a hamstring issue that isn't bothering him anymore.



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