Friday, October 3, 2014

Predicting the ALDS & NLDS


Wild Card Playoff rounds are officially over and it’s time for the American League and National League Divisional Series. For the AL we have the best overall AL West champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosting the wild card Kansas City Royals. Also we have the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles hosting the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers. In the National League we have the best overall NL East champion Washington Nationals hosting the wild card winning San Francisco Giants. Also we have the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals. All series are best of five game series.

In the American League I truly believe that Los Angeles is going to be too much for just about anybody in the American League, especially the Royals. The other AL matchup will be a little more evenly matched and could easily go all five games. I give the pitching advantage to the Detroit Tigers and the hitting and bullpen advantage to the Baltimore Orioles and in the end I see Baltimore taking the series in five games using home field advantage to their advantage.

In the National League I cannot see the Giants getting past Stephen Strasburgh and the 19 other guys I could list from the Washington Nationals team. In the other match up I feel like the Los Angeles Dodgers are the better team but I feel like St. Louis is better suited for a postseason run. Sure Los Angeles has Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke but they don’t have Hyun-Jin Ryu and didn’t really squeak into the playoffs by any means. St. Louis fought until the very last game of the season before clinching the division title and I truly believe that will help them take down the Dodgers in a short series.


This sets up a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Baltimore Orioles match up in the AL and a Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals in the NL in both of the championship series. What say you?

3 comments:

  1. I know what the teams look like on paper, but I'm going with San Francisco and Kansas City. San Francisco wins in 6. KC is the Cinderella pick and I have a hard time betting against San Francisco in the playoffs.

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    1. I was predicting all the way through the World Series. I guess I was a little preemptive. Okay, San Francisco over Washington in five. St Louis in four. Detroit in five. And Kansas City in three.

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