Posted on: October 13, 2009 8:49 pm
The first round to me was not so hard to predict in my last blog . Teams like the Twins, Rockies, and Cardinals were fortunate to have unbalanced and favorable schedules, and play in weak divisions. The Red Sox have no passion, no team chemistry, and just are not that good without Manny Ramirez in that lineup.
So anyways, moving on to the next round.
Yankees vs. Angels ANGELS IN 6.
Phillies vs. Dodgers DODGERS IN 7
I would like to see the Phillies win the whole thing to represent that NL East division, but somehting tells me that backend of the bullpen is going to exproad. No not explode, EXPROAD!
And yes I'm seeing this Angels team going to the World Series like it is 2002 all over again.
My prediction is an all L.A. Series, Dodgers vs Angels.
Good Luck Fellas.
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:19 am
So all 4 opening round series ended as soon as they got underway. All 4 teams I picked to win did. The Dodgers won in suprising fashion, sweeping the Cubs. And here I thought fate would take the Cubbies to 5 games and then an error by gold glover Derrek Lee would seal the deal for a loss. Nope, no game 5, but plenty, PLENTY of errors, especially a rare one by Derrek Lee.
Congrats to the teams that won, and the teams that made it but got sent home early.
Now for the bigger business. My picks to rep their leagues in the World Series.
Rays in 6. Okay so I'm a Florida native and you have to expect some bias from me. This will be a really tough series for both teams. The Rays will need to jump out on top quick if they want to win. Both teams are evenly matched top to bottom. Red Sox and Rays are coming off of easy-win series and will now face the ultimate test. The winner of these two teams will be the strong favorites by many to go on and win the world series. Pitching and late-inning clutch hits will determine the winner of this series. Both bullpens will need to bear down and be ready for anything. This series could easily go either way and go 7 games. Brace yourself for one of the best series in a long time.
Dodgers vs Phillies
Dodgers in 6. Dodgers are red hot and hungry for this. Manny is licking his bat, porkchops, and is probably prank calling Boston to let them know he's coming for them and he's bringing Joe Torre for the ride. The Dodgers won't have problems facing lefty pitchers like the Brewers did. Both of these teams are well rested and well tested. The advantage goes to the Dodgers for their pitching. Great bullpen and a stronger starting rotation. I was thinking this series could end in 5, but I gotta have faith that Hamels and Moyer will pull out victories in their starts. After that it becomes a mystery of how many times will their hitters strikeout and which pitcher is due to get ripped.
Posted on: October 1, 2008 8:54 am
Red Sox in 4. While the Angels pitching was impressive this season, keep in mind, they aren't dominant. The Red Sox can still score pretty well with Bay, Drew, Ellsbury, Lowell, Varitek, Youkilis and Ortiz. The pitching rotations are nearly evenly matched with the Red Sox starters having a slight edge and the Angels bullpen holding a slight edge. Both lineups are evenly matched, but I'm going with the defending champs on this one. Beckett hasn't been very healthy lately and has struggled, he's due just in time for October.
Rays in 4. The Rays dominant rotation will be the impressive figure and keys to their success in this series and the rest of the playoffs. Their hitting can catch fire, but their guys have been beat up with injuries. The White Sox can slug the ball well and should steal a game, maybe two.
Phillies in 4. The Brewers will have to face two lefties, Moyer and Hamels in two of the first three games. C.C. Sabathia should be able to beat out Brett Myers in their matchup as long as he doesn't choke like last year. The Phillies offense is too much to handle, and the Brewers don't have a superb pitcher that can shut down a lineup loaded with some of the best hitters in the NL.
Dodgers in 5. The Dodgers come into this series with the best bullpen in baseball. Joe Torre has tons of veterans with playoff experience with the likes of Jeff Kent, Manny Ramirez, Juan Pierre, Andruw Jones, Derek Lowe, Nomar Garciaparra and Casey Blake. The possibility of the Dodgers winning this series shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. They are a severely uner-rated underdog with a lot of talent. The Cubs may have the best lineup 1-8, but Pineilla has been known to leave some guys in the pen a little too long even in the playoffs. This should be an interesting series. Dodgers haven't won a series since 1988 and the Cubs haven't won a world series in over a hundred years.
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