03 October 2013

2013 MLB Postseason: League Division Series Predictions

The Wild Card round wrapped up on Wednesday night and now the field for the LDS is set. The winners of the two series in each league will go on to baseball's Final Four if you will in the LCS. Who will move on and get closer to the Fall Classic? Here are my predictions.

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The Red Sox definitely got the tougher draw of the Wild Card clubs as the Rays stand a much better chance than the Indians would have (although TBS would have loved the Tito storyline). Their deep rotation as well as a strong defense means they can keep the score low, a must with an offense with not that many impact bats. However, they are not a great road team and struggled at Fenway Park all season. I like Boston.
Boston in 4 

This is a series going a little under the radar in my opinion but I think this should be interesting, although short as well. The Athletics are an excellent home team and thus will have some advantage with having homefield but their rotation is not great and while they are balanced all over on offense, they are not elite in any one category. Even with a mediocre bullpen, Detroit will ride strong into the ALCS. 
Detroit in 3

When you have a club that hits as well as the Cardinals do with runners in scoring position, as well as a strong ace in Adam Wainwright, that means you are going places. However, Pittsburgh is playing with house money and has the rotation to get the job done and get to the bullpen. I think this series will come down to the bullpens for these team and while the Pirates have a great pen, the Cardinals are all over the place there.
Pittsburgh in 5

I certainly would not be surprised if either one of these clubs ends up hoisting the Commissioners' Trophy at the end of the month. However in a five game series, the Dodgers have one advantage perhaps nobody else has, the ability to go back-to-back with the best pitcher in the game, Clayton Kershaw, and another elite pitcher, Zach Greinke. Even with an inconsistent offense and some injury issues, that is a great luxury to have as they have a good chance of being up 2-0 before the series goes back to Chavez Ravine.
Los Angeles in 4

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