The MLB playoffs have started tonight, with the Pirates facing the Reds at home. It looks like the Bucco’s have this one in the bag as they are currently beating the underperforming Reds, 6-2 in the 9th. If they do win, they will take on the Cardinals on Thursday. Tomorrow the Rays face off with the Indians in a battle for the AL Wild Card with Cobb going up against the rookie Salazar. The Indians have won 10 straight coming into the game, and Terry Francona looks as if he could very easily challenge Red Sox manager John Farrell for the manager of the year. I will take the Rays in this matchup, as they are just coming off an emotional win against the Rangers in the rare 163rd game of the MLB season. Another reason why I am picking them is because they have post-season experience. They always seem to be in the hunt at the end of the season. This will be a close game no doubt, but I just don’t see a rookie pitcher beating a highly experienced manager and his players in the playoffs.
The first series I will be looking at is the Braves vs. the Dodgers. I think the Dodgers will very easily beat the Braves, as the Braves were not playing their best ball the last couple months of the season. I think the Braves will win one in LA, but evidently the Dodgers will take it. Dodgers in 4.
My next series will be the other NL matchup between the Pirates and the Cardinals. The Pirates won the regular season series against them and that includes taking 4 of 5 in a series at the end of the year that assured the Pirates their first winning season in, well, a long time. But that won’t stop the Cardinals from taking the series, albeit, with a little difficulty. Cardinals in 5.
Now it is time for the AL. The first series I will focus on is the Tigers vs. A’s. Billy Beane has done it again by taking a very low payroll and turning it into the second best team in the American League. The Tigers are very scary though with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander atop that rotation. But the A’s are good enough to beat anybody. But can they do it in the playoffs? Last year they lost in the first round to these very Tigers in 5 games. And with the emergence of Scherzer, I don’t know if they can hang around. Tigers in 5.
Last series is the one between my wildcard winner Rays, and the Red Sox. The Red Sox have a world series team, and that feeling of them making a World Series run is in the air. The only question mark would be their starting rotation. Can Lester come back to form? Will Lackey be able to keep up his regular season “dominance?” Will Peavy be the pitcher to carry them? I believe he will. And I believe they have a good enough lineup to take over the game as well. Red Sox in 4.
Come back after the Division series for my take on the Championship Series/World Series and review of the Division series.