Preseason MLB postseason predictions

Posted: 03/28/2012 by levcohen in Baseball

Yesterday I posted the standings. Today is the playoff predictions:

NL:
wildcard play in game: Julio Teheran and the Braves OVER Josh Johnson and the Marlins

#1 Phillies vs. #4 Braves.

Phillies win in 5. Halladay (2) (PHI), Hamels (PHI), Hudson (ATL), Kimbrel (ATL) get wins

#2 Diamondbacks vs. #3 Reds.

D’backs win in 4. Putz (ARI), Hudson (ARI), Bauer (ARI), Latos (CIN) get wins

#1 Phillies vs. #2 Diamondbacks

D’backs win in 7. Bauer (2) (ARI), Kennedy (ARI), Cahill (ARI), Stutes (PHI), Lee (PHI), Papelbon (PHI) get wins

AL:

wildcard play in game: David Price and the Rays OVER Colby Lewis and the Rangers

#1 Yankees vs. #4 Rays

Rays win in 5. Sabathia (2) (NYY), Moore (TB), Hellickson (TB), Davis (TB) get the wins

#2 Angels vs. #3 Tigers

Angels win in 5. Wilson (LAA), Santana (LAA), Haren (LAA), Verlander (2) (DET) get the wins

#4 Rays vs. #2 Angels

Angels win in 5. Weaver (2) (LAA), Richards (LAA), Haren (LAA), Farnsworth (TB) get the wins

WORLD SERIES:

D’backs vs. Angels

Angels win in 6. Weaver, Haren, Wilson, Scott Downs get one win apiece. Collmenter, Cahill win games for the Diamondbacks.

WS MVP: Albert Pujols

 

While I think this is a doubtful world series, I am surprised by how many people have been counting out the D’backs this year. Many people don’t even think they will make the playoffs. I don’t see why not. They made it last year and have vastly improved their depth in terms of getting another SP, and really anchoring up their bullpen. They also got a starting OF in Kubel, who will thrive in Chase Field.

An interesting note is that 3 of the 4 wild card teams are from the NL and AL East. The East’s also win both wildcard matchups, and the top team in each league is from the East. I guess that just proves the dominance of the East.

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Comments
  1. philabundant says:

    October is a long way off. Let’s see how many arms are shut down by then. Agree that the balance of power is in the East, although plenty of talent in AL West.

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