That time of year is almost here! October baseball! Getting drunk almost every day, spending a crap ton of money, eating horrific food, and losing your voice from yelling at a television…. all the good things in store that literally destroy your body in a one month span. Yes I’m aware that wasn’t a sentence, but fuck it! It’s October baseball!!
Here’s the picks for the play-offs.
In the American League:
The Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and New York Yankees. The Yankees and Rays are still just trying to figure out who’s gonna be the wild-card, and who’s gonna be the division winner, but it’s a lock they’re both in. We don’t know who’s playing each other yet, but I can tell you I’m certain of one thing :
The Yankees are going to the World Series. Duh. The Texas Rangers have basically a .500 record since the All-Star Break, and the OP (overpowering) A.L. East will destory them, regardless of who they play. Right now the Rangers have an almost identical record to the Red Sox, who’s 3rd in the AL East. OP indeed.
The Twins are good, but the only team that could legitimately threaten the Yankees are the Rays. Do I think they ARE going to threaten the Yanks? No. I think this entire league has already been decided.
In the National League:
It gets much trickier to sit down and actually predict who’s gonna be in the play-offs here. As of now, the Phillies are the only definate team, and will most likely be the N.L. East division winner, so let’s just assume that’s the case.
The N.L. Central is going to the Reds after the Cardinals decided to shit all over themselves the last quarter of the season. I’m happy about this. I’m glad to see the Reds come through with a winning season finally. Dusty Baker deserves one, and the Cardinals clearly haven’t been doing anything with their recent play off runs, so give someone else a try.
Now to the dirty, dirty west. This whole thing is a mess right now. The Padres had it, and let it slip away to the San Francisco Giants?? I guess the fact that the Padres had it is more surprising. I don’t doubt they are a good team, and “the real deal”, but I don’t see play-off caliber skills in them. Latos, their best pitcher, has been struggling, and they still happen to be the 2nd lowest paid team in the NL. That means no stars, besides Adrian Gonzalez, and they were talking about trading that dude at the beginning of the year.
Even if the Padres somehow reclaim the West and hold it, they don’t have much of a chance… so I’m gonna give it to the Giants. They have a better all-around team and at least can make a better play-off run.
So now to the wildcard, which is also another large mess. Since we gave the Giants the N.L. West, that leaves the Padres, Braves, and Rockies (sorta) in the hunt. The Rockies are 4 games back, and no divisional games coming up, so I’m gonna write them off. With 6-7 games left for both the Padres and Braves, it’s really going to be a neck and neck hunt for the wildcard. The Braves play the Marilns and Phillies, the Padres play the Cubs and then have an epic 3 game series with the Giants at the end of the season.
I’m gonna go with the Braves, simply because I think the Giants will have a winning series against the Padres and that will crush the Padres hopes and record. The Braves can beat the Marlins, and the Phillies might start resting people if they clinch the East in the next day or so.
It’s certainly much more exciting than the A.L., that’s for sure. As for the playoffs, the only real threat I see to the Phillies (the natural favorite) is the Reds. They are a solid team, but they starting pitching isn’t nearly as good, so I still think the Phillies can handle them. The Giants are not deep enough to threaten, and the Braves and Padres seem worn down, so I don’t seem momentum carrying them into some remarkable play off run.
WORLD SERIES – Phillies v. Yankees (Phillies in 6)
This post was written by Randy Neil