11 October 2013

2013 MLB Postseason: ALCS & NLCS Predictions

And then there were four. Four clubs are left in the MLB Postseason and there is a 50% chance that a team that did not get to the playoffs a year ago will be in the 2013 World Series. Who will represent the Senior Circuit, the Los Angeles Dodgers or the St. Louis Cardinals? Who will represent the Junior Circuit, the Detroit Tigers or the Boston Red Sox? Here are my picks for both the ALCS and the NLCS.

TV Schedule

What I think will be key for this series is that for the Cardinals, they will not have ace Adam Wainwright available until Game 3, while Los Angeles gets to throw out Zach Greinke and more importantly Clayton Kershaw without having them go up against Wainwright. I think that as well as an offense that is popping right now thanks in part to Carl Crawford looking tremendous at the dish gives the Dodgers a nice route to the World Series.
Los Angeles in 5

This has the makings of an excellent ALCS as both clubs feature powerful offenses as well as strong and deep pitching. Detroit features the expected Cy Young winner in Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, who was awesome in Game 5 against Oakland, as well as Anibal Sanchez, who has also been sleepy good this year as well as a personal friend in Doug Fister. Boston's rotation is less top-heavy but a crop of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and Jake Peavy is none too shabby. I like think the top of that Detroit rotation as well as the new age Bash Brothers of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder barely gives them an edge. Plus, I did pick them to win it all back in the spring, so...
Detroit in 7

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