Tonight and tomorrow night should feature the best baseball you’ll see all year. The wild card games are absolutely electric and with big name starters throwing for all four teams, it’s going to so fun to watch. I still feel like it’s pretty unfair for the home wild card team, being that one shitty game could cost them their season even if they were the second best team in the league.
Wild Card Games
AL: Love Shields to death, but Lester has the upper hand here, and the way Josh Reddick has been hitting, I think he’ll make the difference here. Athletics 3-1.
NL: Everyone saw what a home-field advantage for Pittsburgh can mean and Edinson Volquez is sneaky having the best season of his career. Same thing here, Bumgarner is a bonafide stud, but I’m taking the home field advantage. Pirates 4-3.
AL1: In a must-win season for them with so many guys becoming free agents and demanding money that they don’t have, I’ll take the A’s. That Sonny Gray and Jon Lester combo is wow. Losing Garrett Richards hurts big time for the Angels. Athletics in 5.
AL2: I feel like I pick the Tigers to at least make it to the WS every year, but this year they have to. Their rotation is too good to not dominate those scrappy Orioles. VMart is having the best season of his life and they have some guy named Miguel Cabrera. Tigers in 4.
NL1: The Nationals are the best team in baseball. Although I have officially declared my hatred for them now that the Mets figure to be contenders for the division with them next year, there’s zero chance the Giants or Pirates can take down Washington. Gio, Strasburg, Zimmermann, Fister, Roark, Clippard, Storen, Soriano? Not fair. Nationals in 3.
NL2: The Dodgers have two automatic wins, and I don’t think the Cards aren’t going 3-0 against the Kershaw-less Dodgers. If he’s not facing Kershaw, Wainwright is too good to not pick up a win. Dodgers in 4.
AL: I said it earlier, the Tigers rotation consisting of a bunch of workhorses is built for playoff success. I don’t think the A’s have a lineup that can win four games against Scherzer, Price, and Verlander (he’ll come through this fall), but Sonny and Lester will keep it close. Tigers in 6.
NL: I hope the NLCS is Nationals/Dodgers because that’s going to be some great baseball. I think they’ll get a win off Kershaw (he’s never been himself in the playoffs) and be able to keep the Dodgers offense relatively quiet. Kemp and Crawford hit like .600 in September so if they keep that up through the LDS I’ll guarantee this goes seven. Nationals in 7.
The Tigers bullpen scares me way too much to pick them to win it all. Yeah they’ll pose the biggest threat to the Nats’ pitching dominance but in close games you have to give the Nationals the upper hand. They had that 73 straight walk off wins stretch in July. They’re inexperienced in the playoffs, but built for the clutch. Too good of a team. Nationals in 6
I hate myself for taking the Nationals and I truly hope Bryce Harper goes 0 for the playoffs. Fuck him.
2015 Playoffs Sneak Preview
The Angels rotation is healthy for this postseason and is going to handily take them into the world series with Mike Trout hitting .387 with an OPS of 1.231, but the Mets rotation makes them look like shit. Harvey, deGrom, and Wheeler won’t allow an earned run all series. Wright and Bautista in the middle of the lineup is all they need with the pitching they have. Mets in 6.