Who will win the Series? Here are some bold picks

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It’s postseason prediction time. Baseball bloggers Tom Reisenweber and Rick Green survey the landscape and pick how the playoffs will unfold:

Tom’s Take   Rick’s Picks
American League   American League
Wild Card   Wild Card
Cleveland over Tampa Bay – The Indians had a huge September going 21-6, including a 10-game winning streak to end the season, and won’t have to face David Price.   Cleveland over Tampa – One-game playoff in Cleveland? Give me the Tribe over the road-wary Rays. Indians starter Danny Salazar will shut down Tampa. Question is, how long will Salazar last.
     
Division   Division
Detroit over Oakland in 4 – Justin Verlander is showing signs of his oldself but the Tigers won’t need much from him in this series. Detroit splits the first two games in Oakland before winning the series at home.   Detroit over Oakland in five – A’s are underrated, but the Tigers have the offense and starting pitching to shut down Oakland. 
Boston over Cleveland in 5 – The hardworking Indians push the Red Sox to the limit but Boston is too tough at Fenway. Game 1 takes place in Boston, where Terry Francona gets a standing ovation when he is introduced.   Cleveland over Boston in five – Gimmie the Tribe. Terry Francona knows what he’s doing against Boston. 
     
ALCS   ALCS
Detroit over Boston in 6 – The Motor City Kitties win another pennant behind strong pitching and a big postseason from Miguel Cabrera. Detroit has some bullpen issues, but they don’t get in the way of winning another playoff series.   Cleveland over Detroit in seven – The Indians’ magic run continues. Can they shut down Miguel Cabrera and Co.? We’ll find out.
     
National League   National League
Wild Card   Wild Card
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati – PNC Park will be rocking and that’ll be too much for the Reds. Cincinnati has the playoff experience but Pittsburgh has the emotion of a city behind them in this elimination game.   Pittsburgh over Cincinnati – Yeah, I’ll stick with the Pirates. Tough call in a good pitching matchup. Pirates get just enough offense to get by the Reds.
     
Division   Division
Los Angeles over Atlanta in five – The Dodgers and Braves are arguably the top two teams in the National League. Los Angeles has been through major ups and downs this year, while Atlanta has been steady all year. The Dodgers’ clutch hitting wins out in the end.   Los Angeles over Atlanta in four – Dodgers’ pitching staff is quite impressive. They shut down Atlanta.
St. Louis over Pittsburgh in four – The great story of the Pirates is cut short by their division arch nemesis. St. Louis continues to win with whatever talent it has and is primed for another run.   Pittsburgh over St. Louis in six – Pirates’ ride continues. They won the season series and continue to beat St. Louis.
     
NLCS   NLCS
St. Louis over Los Angeles in 5 – The Cardinals win yet another pennant behind a bunch of players you’ve never heard of. St. Louis has an amazing business model in place and it pays off, once again.   Los Angeles over Pittsburgh in five – Pirates too tired and overmatched against L.A. Magical season ends in NLCS.
     
World Series   World Series
Detroit over St. Louis in 6 – Sticking with my preseason pick in Detroit. The Tigers pitching has been solid throughout the season and if they can get even half of what Justin Verlander normally is, they will win their fifth World Series title and first since 1984.   Los Angeles over Cleveland in five – I’m impressed with Clayton Kershaw and the rest of the Dodgers’ staff. They have pitching, hitting and bullpen to win it all.

Agree? Disagree? Post your picks in the comments below.

 

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