AL and NL Divisional Series Predictions
- Updated: October 7, 2009
As an aside, I had the privilege of reading a recent post by our Yankees writer Lisa Swan over at The Faster Times
concerning Hot teams going into the playoffs and this is what she had to say after looking at the September/October records of the 72 playoff teams from 2000-2008…
Of the ten teams to have a winning percentage above .700 in the last month of the regular season, firing on all cylinders, only one of them – the 2007 Rockies – even made it to the World Series, where they were swept by the Red Sox. And just four of the hottest teams down the stretch even advanced past the first round of the playoffs in those years:
Six playoff teams had sub-.500 records down the stretch, stumbling into October. Yet four of them made it to the World Series, and two won it:
|2008||White Sox||12||15||.444||NLDS Loss|
To read the rest of her article click on the article’s title, “MLB Teams That Sizzle in September Often Fizzle in October“.
Now onto my predictions:
Twins vs. Yankees: Despite being one of the hottest teams in baseball down the stretch, the Twins, in my humble opinion, just don’t have the starting pitching to compete with the Yankees ferocious offense and without former MVP Justin Morneau at 1B and more importantly, in the offense, I just don’t see them giving the Yankkes much trouble at all. Yankees in 4 (out of 5). Although the Yankees may sweep.
Angels vs. Red Sox: Despite being the best hitting team in baseball as far as batting average goes, the Angels, like the Twins, just don’t have the pitching to out duel the Red Sox. Sure they have a lot of base stealers on this team, but a power pitching team like the Red Sox might be able to keep them off the bases for the most part. The Angels also have home field advantage and the intangibles that are the Nick Adenhart tragedy and their past history of falling to the Red Sox in the post season to motivate them, but I still see them falling to the Red Sox. Red Sox in 4.
Dodgers vs. Cardinals: A clash of the managerial titans! Torre vs. LaRussa, pitching vs. pitching, Manny vs. Pujols, etc. As much as I’d like to see LaRussa’s team get eliminated, I think they are just stronger and healthier especially in the starting rotation as the Dodgers’ Kuroda is not slated to start games 1, 2 or 3 and Billingsley hasn’t looked like his old self since his return from injury and neither has Kershaw, but they’re both young enough to surprise. Still, I’ll take the Cardinals in 5.
Rockies vs. Phillies: I honestly do not see the Rockies giving the Phillies much of a run in this one even though the Phillies pitching is in question. The Rockies just don’t seem to have enough power to compete especially in games played in these two stadiums! The Rockies also do not impress me with their rotation. I’ll take the Phillies in 4. Although the Phillies may also sweep.