13 October 2012

2012 MLB Postseason: ALCS & NLCS Predictions

For the first time ever, all four League Division Series went the full slate of five games. Whatever the reason that was, hopefully it will result in some more exciting baseball in the League Championship Series. In the National League, we have the last two World Series champs going at it in the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals while in the American League, we have a rematch of a ALDS matchup from 2006 with the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers going at it. Who will advance to the Fall Classic?
TV Schedule

I have real concerns with how the Yankees are struggling offensively and it is not just Alex Rodriguez, as Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher, among others, have not been productive at the dish. For a team that considers its strength to be the lineup, that's not a good sign. Yes the pitching staff has looked tremendous but Detroit's has as well, and their staff has been better statistically all season than New York's and their offense is about equal as well. Give me Detroit.
Tigers in 6

Both of these clubs got to the NLCS in exciting fashion. The Giants rallied from an 0-2 deficit to Cincinnati to win three in a row while the Cardinals came back from down 6-0 early last night in game five to win it in the top of the ninth inning. It always is tough to pick against the Cardiac Cardinals when they have luck on their side as they do right now but I do think the deep San Francisco pitching staff, which is now featuring Tim Lincecum looking like his old self, gives them the edge in what should be a tight series.
Giants in 7