Ok, let’s get this started. The MLB Playoffs are about to begin and being a media outlet (of some sorts) we are obligated to give you our predictions.
AL WILD CARD
Twins vs Yankees– The Twins are the FIRST MLB team to advance to the Postseason after finishing with 100 losses the season before. While Paul Molitor & the Twins are a nice story, look for the Yankees & Aaron Judge to win this game before the home crowd at Yankee Stadium.
NL WILD CARD
Rockies vs Diamondbacks- Paul Goldschmidt may be the greatest superstar you never heard of but look for studs Charlie Blackmon & Nolan Arenado to slug the Rox to victory.
Red Sox vs Astros- Houston is solid with probable AL MVP Jose Altuve leading the charge & late addition Justin Verlander solidifying the rotation. But I just can’t get past the mystique of Fenway Park and the thought of Chris Sale dominating in this series.
Give me the Sox in 5.
Yankees vs Indians- Aaron Judge will get his knocks but the rest of the Yankee lineup looks to struggle against a STRONG Tribe rotation. Will the Indians fade in the postseason after their stellar run of 22 straight wins? My Magic 8 Ball says “No”.
Indians in 5.
Cubs vs Nationals- I don’t see the magic from last year on this year’s Cubs squad even though they did have a stellar second half. Plus if you know me, I hate the Cubs. I do see Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper & Stephen Strasburg staying hot in the postseason.
Nats in 5.
Rockies vs Dodgers- The Dodgers were HOT as they started out 43-7 in their first 50 games. Then they went cold near the end, losing 11 straight at one point. But they still finished with 104 wins and home field throughout the playoffs. They have Clayton Kershaw, Yadi Puig, Cody Bellinger & Chavez Ravine. I actually really like the Rockies but can’t argue against LA. Plus, don’t sleep on Dodgers SP Rich Hill.
Dodgers in 5.
Sox vs Indians- Kluber vs Sale? Yes, please. But after that, can you really make an argument for Boston? The Tribe has the edge in starting rotation, starting lineup & bullpen. I am taking Cleveland in 6.
Nationals vs Dodgers- Ok, all that nonsense I mentioned earlier about the Dodgers having the best record, Chavez Ravine, etc…etc, throw that all out the window. I am going with Strasburg & Scherzer over Kershaw, Hill & Darvish. I am also taking Harper, Daniel Murphy (don’t forget about the star 2B) & Werth over Puig, Bellinger and Company. Nats in 6.
Nationals vs Indians- The starting pitching rotations are pretty even. The starting eight are relatively even. Bullpens….eh, not so much. Cleveland definitely has the advantage there. But there is also one other glowing difference between the teams. It hurts me to say it but it is in the dugout. Terry Francona is definitely a better manager than Dusty Baker. In a World Series, there will be crucial times when strategy will come into play. Tito definitely has the advantage there. Look for the Tribe to take the crown in 7 games.