An interesting field remains as Major League Baseball’s postseason gets under way Wednesday.
Before the season started, I made some predictions for the season. As to be expected, I was right about some things and wrong about many others. In fact, my predictions for certain Twins players are pretty laughable when looking back on it. But I did get four of the six division winners (Twins, Rangers, Giants and Phillies) right, so that’s not bad. But one thing is for sure: The Yankees-Cardinals’ matchup I had for the World Series won’t be happening. Hard to believe a team with Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter at the top of its rotation and Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday in the middle of its lineup won’t be in the playoffs, but they won’t.
Now that we know the playoff matchups, time for some revised predictions.
- Yankees vs. Twins: Rematch of a first-round series last year, which New York swept. Different story for the Twins this year. They’re rested, and they’re better. Different story for the Yankees too, with a rotation that has a few question marks. However, the Twins have to show me they can consistently beat the Yankees, and even this year they couldn’t. I picked a NY sweep last year, but I won’t go that far. Yankees in 4
- Rangers vs. Rays: These American League series are the toughest to pick. Seems like each of the AL participants have their share of weaknesses. The Rangers could be deadly this year. Great lineup, and Cliff Lee leading the rotation. But I think Tampa’s rotation is deeper. I’ll go with the Rays. Rays in 4
- Reds vs. Phillies: I thought Cincinnati had the potential to build a winner soon, but I didn’t expect it this soon. Lot of good young players, notably Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. The Phillies are seasoned, having won the NL pennant each of the last two years. And now they have Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt. Phillies in 3
- Braves vs. Giants: A matchup of two teams that had to play all the way to the last day of the season to get into the postseason. The Braves are a great story, with manager Bobby Cox and closer Billy Wagner saying this year is their last. But they’re a banged-up squad, as infielders Martin Prado and Chipper Jones are both out. I really like the Giants. Great rotation now that Tim Lincecum is going well again, along with Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez. Interesting matchup of Rookie of the Year candidates too between Atlanta’s Jason Heyward and San Francisco’s Buster Posey. Giants in 4
So I have Rays-Yankees in the ALCS and Giants-Phillies in the NLCS. For the sake of somewhat sticking with my original picks before the season, I’ll go Yankees in the World Series, and I’ll take the Giants just to make things interesting. So for now, I’ll say Yankees over Giants in the World Series.