Postseason baseball is the most exciting time of the year for all baseball fans. October highlights some of the greatest moments in baseball history, and hopefully this October will be just as special. There are many great teams playing in the division series but, only four of them will make it to the ALCS and NLCS. Predicting winners of any playoff series will be a tough thing to do, but hopefully my baseball knowledge will be perfect on this one. Let’s start in the American League.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox
The Rays have just come off big wins against the Rangers and Indians over the past week, but the challenge of facing the American Leagues best team will be tough. Matt Moore and John Lester will be on the mound to start of the first game of the series and ultimately this game will be a big factor to who wins this series. My guess is the Red Sox games one of this series, even with the Rays playing as hot as they are. Home field advantage at Fenway Park is a huge factor for the Red Sox, along with having your two hottest pitchers in Lester and Lackey throwing. I’m predicting the Red Sox take the series in four games, and win in walk off fashion in game two of the series. To go a little further, Daniel Nava will be delivering the game winning double.
Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics
Out of all the series, that I can predict, this series will be one of the hardest. The Athletics finished strong towards the end of the season, going 19-8 in the month September, while the Tigers went an even 13-13 and got no hit by the Marlins in the last game of the season. Game one tomorrow will be Max Scherzer vs Bartolo Colon, which should be a very competitive game. In this game, I think the Athletics take game one and hit not one, not two, but three home runs in a 7-2 victory. But following this game, I believe the Tigers take the next two games with Verander going 8 innings in game two and Sanchez throwing a gem in a close victory in game three. With the series in favor of the Tigers, 2-1, the Athletics take game 4 and win in extras in game 5 back at home. Pretty crazy series right? Josh Donaldson will be the MVP of the series with 2 HR’s in big moments in the final two games.
Now let’s move on over the NLDS.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals
This series will also be another tough series to predict, but if there is any team qualified to take down the Cardinals it would be the Pirates. The Pirates have been playing very well towards the end of the year, especially after winning four straight against the Reds. Game one will feature Adam Wainwright vs AJ Burnett, and in this fight the Cardinals will come out on top. Wainwright has a very good postseason record and will continue to have one after this game. Game two will really be the pivotal point of the series, with two young pitchers in Garrett Cole and Lance Lynn on the mound. The pirates will take this close game at a score of 2-1 and will go back to Pittsburgh for Game 3, where Liriano will lead his team to a 1-0 victory. Game 4 will be where the Cardinals offense finally gets a grasp and puts that over .300 batting average with RISP to use, with a victory of 6-2. The final game back in St. Louis will be another close one, Andrew McCutchen will be the MVP of that game with a clutch HR in late innings to seal the deal. So, in other words, I see Pirates in 5.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves
The Braves and Dodgers have teams loaded with power. So pitching will be crucial to who wins this series. Kershaw will be on the mound for game one of this series, and I’ll go out of my way to say the Dodgers will win the game, even with Kris Medlen on the mound. Game two will be Grienke vs Minor, but this one won’t be a pitching duel. The final score of the game will be 7-5, with the Dodgers winning this game as well. Game three will be back in Los Angeles, and I think Justin Upton will hit a pair of homers in a close 5-4 victory, with Craig Kimbrel getting a big save. Game four, so long as Kershaw gets the start, will go to the Dodgers with Adrian Gonzalez going 3-4 with 4RBI’s, which will be more than enough for Kershaw to win.
To sum things up:
Red Sox over Rays in 4
Oakland over Tigers in 5
Pirates over Cardinals in 5
Dodgers over Braves in 4
Make sure to tune into these games as they will be one’s to remember.