baseball6791 wrote:So... with the regular season pretty much wrapped up and the playoffs set, what are peoples playoff predictions? Here are mine:
BoSox over ChiSox in 5 - The Red Sox just have too much experience for the White Sox to match, and once they get to Fenway the Sox should step it up big time. It will be a close series, but I don't think that the White Sox have the weapons to pull it out.
Yanks over Angels in 3 - The Yanks won't give Vlad a pitch the whole series and the Yanks will just overpower the Angels offensively. RJ will step up come pressure time and this Yankees will cruise.
Cards over Padres in 4 - I think that Peavy will win a game for the Padres, and this series will be closer than people think but I believe that the Padres are vastly overmatched here. Carp, Mulder, and Morris will be a solid 5 game rotation and with Pujols in the lineup and healthy the Cards ought to win this series.
Astros over Braves in 4 - The Astros 5 game series rotation of Clemens, Pettite, Oswalt is just dirty. I think that the Braves lack the experience and the bullpen to go far in the playoffs. They should win at least one game but Houston's SP and Lidge on the back end is a great playoff setup.
Yankees over Red Sox in 6 - The Red Sox just don't have the pitching - starting or bullpen - to pull it out, and the one team that they aren't better than offensively is the Yankees. I don't believe that Schilling will be able to duplicate in any way his past playoff success and the Sox bullpen is just not there. The Yanks will come away after an intense series.
Cards over Astros in 7 - The best series of the playoffs pits divison foes against each other for a spot in the world series. The Astros pitching is great as I have said before, but the Cards isn't too shabby either. The Astros won't be able to survive on pitching alone when playing the Cards. Pujols and Co. will pull it off in a very close series.
Cards over Yanks in 6 - Both teams will be playing with something to prove - the Yankees with a lot of personell on the fence, and the Cardinals not to lose the World Series 2 years in a row, but the Yankees won't have faced tough pitching pretty much all playoffs and they won't be able to just beat up on the Cards pitching like they could to the others. That means that someone in the rotation behind RJ (Chacon?Mussina?Small?Wang?) will have to step it up big time against a tough Cardinals team, and I just don't see that happening. Hence, the Cardinals win it.
Red Sox vs White Sox - Who do you think I am going for here? The depth of the Sox staff and bullpen worries me and they do have some big bats in that lineup. Lack of experience will hurt them though. Schill, Clement and the rest of the rotation has to step up (especially Schill). I say it goes 4 with the Sox winning.
Key player: Schill (Sox) Konerko (White Sox)
Matchup: Clement vs White Sox lineup
Yanks vs Angels - I'm going with the Angels on this one. Not because I HATE the Yanks but the Angels have depth everywhere. They arguably have the best bullpen of any AL playoff team and have a pretty deep rotation. Hopefully Colon and the rest of the staff can pull out the victory and eliminate the Yanks again. Not going to be a sweep either way though. Angels in 5.
Key player: Garret Anderson (Angels) A-Rod (Yanks)
Matchup: K-Rod vs Mariano
Padres vs Cardinals - Peavy has to win both of his games in this series. If he falters at all in his first start, the Cards are going to run with this series. The offense lacks some fire power in my view in comparison to the Cards. Unless the Cards fall completely apart, I dont see them losing. Cards in 4.
Key player - Peavy (Padres) Morris (St Louis)
Matchup - Peavy vs Carpenter
Atlanta vs Houston - Rematch of last season. Should be another great matchup. The Atlanta bullpen would worry me though, with no depth and a lack of experience for some of those pitchers, it could be a rough road. Houston needs some timely hitting to back up their great rotation. Clemens, Pettite, Oswalt. Probably the best 1-2-3 punch in the playoffs. Houston in 4.
Key player - The Bullpen (Atlanta) Berkman (Houston)
Matchup - Pettite vs Smoltz (not sure if this is the game 1 matchup)
Red Sox vs Angels - Not the series you were looking for but it will save a lot of heart attacks. Loyalty towards the Sox. I cant predict against them. Too much of a biased opinion to really dissect this possible matchup. Hopefully Sox in 7.
Key- Boston 'pen and rotation Angels rotation
Matchup - Ortiz and Manny vs Anderson and Vlad
Houston vs Cards - Can the Astros revenge their loss? I think Houston has the necessary players to overtake them this time. Finally Pettite is healthy and all three starters are cruising right now. Houston in 7 in another thriller.
Key: Pettite, Clemens, Oswalt Pujols, Walker, Edmonds
Matchup: Carpenter vs Clemens
- Guess who I am picking....