I can’t express how excited I am for playoff baseball in words. These series are some of the most interesting match ups in the last twenty years. Baseball is changing. Teams are changing their philosophies on evaluating talent and how to build a baseball team. These play offs have a little old school and a little new school. After a long six months we finally see the product of two separate leagues giving it their all. Here’s my predictions.
National League Divison Series
Philadelphia Phillies Vs. Milwaukee Brewers
This is probably the hardest to predict, but I’m gonna have to go with the Phillies. The Brewers barely got into the post season solely on the back of CC Sabathia who pitched on three days rest three different times. With out their other ace Ben Sheets, they are not really as intimidating in a 7 game series as they would have been.
Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are the better team. With two absolute studs in Rich Harden and Carlos Zambrano anchoring their staff, they are the clearly better than the Dodgers who came out of a weak National League West. But we must remember, this is the Cubs. They have recorded unfathomable collapses year after year, and haven’t won for a century. Anything can happen in this series.
American League Division Series
Chicago White Sox Vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have overcome too much adversity to fall apart now. They have won at home, on the road, and without some of their key contributors. They just find a way to get it done. They play great defense, have great pitching, and they hit the ball over the fence. As much as I want Jr. to win, I can’t help but feeling what a waste all this would be if Tampa’s dream season were to end here.
Boston Red Sox Vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
I hate the Angels. I also have a great resentment of the Red Sox, but they are the lesser of the two evils in my opinion. I think very highly of general manager Theo Epstien, and think the Red Sox are not really a wild card team. They’ve been here before, they know how to win, and it will be proven once again that the Angels can’t get it done in October.
So with Tampa and Boston advancing in the AL and Chicago and Philidelphia advancing in the NL, here are my Championship series predictions.
National Leauge Championship Series
Chicago Cubs Vs. Philidelphia Phillies
This is a really tough one. Philidelphia has some great key role players as well as a solid pitching staff. Also you have two of the most experienced managers in the game with Sweet Lou and Charlie Manuel. I’m gonna have to get on the Lou bandwagon and pick the Cubs because they are the best in the National League, and you can’t mess with that pitching staff.
American League Championship Series
Boston Red Sox Vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay won the American League East. Tampa Bay proved to those national media bimbos time and time again that they are for real by beating the Red Sox in key situations. Home, Away, it didn’t matter. This young team knows how to play and more importantly they know how to win.
Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Chicago Cubs
The National League sucks. It is weaker in every aspect. This Tampa Bay pitching staff including James Shields, Scott Kazmir, and Edwin Jackson will eat apart this Cub lineup and the offense will hit their share of bombs. I give your World Champion Tampa Bay Rays.