Kansas City is certainly a great story with that amazing win on Thursday night with some serious small-ball and some seriously bad managing by Ned Yost. But even the best of stories have to come to an end and it's going to be a short series with Anaheim. The Royals are not going to be able to keep up with the potent Angel offense with their small-ball action and without James Shields on the hill every night.
Angels in 3
The Tigers had a largely inconsistent regular season once again, this time under rookie manager Brad Ausmus, but with this very deep starting rotation and a strong lineup, this will be a team to watch out for. Baltimore can certainly rake but their inconsistent rotation could hold them back. Detroit will advance.
Tigers in 4
There may not be a team deeper in both the rotation and in the starting lineup than this Washington ballclub, hence why a ton of folks are thinking they may just win the whole damn thing. Before we get ahead of ourselves, they will have to deal with a feisty Giants team that may not be as deep as usual with their pitching and their offense isn't great. Washington should sail, though, but Frisco can steal one.
Nationals in 4
This will be a fun series, quite possibly the best of the four. The Cardinals have themselves a pretty good rotation, but the Dodgers are just better as it doesn't hurt to have a guy as otherworldly as Clayton Kershaw. Considering that the Cardinals largely struggled all year to score runs, they will have a lot of pressure on their rotation to keep them in games. Against this Dodgers club, it won't be enough.
Dodgers in 4