Monday, October 03, 2005

Baseball season is here 

The playoffs start tomorrow and MLB couldn't have struck a bigger jackpot. Houston, Boston, and the Yankees are all in. Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Oakland are out. (By the way, how concerned should A's fans be? Win totals have dropped from 103 to 96 to 91 to 88 over the last four years. Oy.) Very easy to pitch these playoffs to the big markets. Angels vs. Yankees in the first round? Holy smokes! Predictions:

ALDS - best of five series
Boston over Chicago in four games -- The White Sox have shown over the course of the last couple months that they are pretenders. Had the season gone on a week longer, they may well have missed the playoffs. I'll take Boston in a seedings upset.

Yankees over Anaheim in five games -- This one is going the distance. Both teams are hot and the winner will represent the AL in the World Series. I have no doubt of that. It's really a toss up between these two, but despite the Angels having homefield advantage, I'm still a little weary of their disappearing-reappearing-disappearing bats.

ALCS - best of seven
Yankees over Boston in six games -- The more things change, the more they stay the same. Yankees vs Red Sox in the ALCS for the third year in a row. Buoyed by their homefield advantage and a superior bullpen, New York exacts revenge on Boston.

NLDS - best of five
Cardinals over Padres in three games -- This will be the one sweep of the playoffs. San Diego, fortunately, was able to finish the year over .500, but they won't have anything to celebrate in this brief series. Peavy may pull a win for them, but I doubt it.

Astros over Braves in five games -- Just like last year, the Astros seem a little tougher on the mound and at the plate. They're looking hot right now.

NLCS - best of seven
Cardinals over Astros in seven games -- How about that? Both the ALCS and NLCS are rematches this year. Once again, I'll take St. Louis. Houston does have that 3-headed pitching monster, though, of Clemens, Oswalt, and Petite. A rotation like that could win them the World Series. But their inconsistent bats will keep them from getting there.

World Series
Cardinals over the Yankees in six -- St. Louis finally delivers. Unlike last year, their pitching staff is actually equipped for October.

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