On the eve of the 2014 Major League Baseball Playoffs, this is what’s going to happen:
One Game Wild-Card: AL Oakland over Kansas City
One Game Wild-Card: NL San Francisco over Pittsburgh
AL Championship Series: Angels over Detroit
NL Championship Series: Washington over Dodgers
LA Angels and Washington Nationals in the World Series
|I've gotta go with Jon Lester coming up big today against KC, in what I'd say should be a 2-1 win for Oakland. Tomorrow, I see the same type of a great effort from Madison Bumgarner for the Giants, but I also see San Fran teeing off on Edinson Volquez, who is neither a big game pitcher, and despite his strong finish this season, nor is he even a front-line starter (one, two or three in a good rotation.|
Detroit looks stronger than they have all year now that Justin Verlander has hit his stride, and along
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A couple of weeks ago the Angels looked invincible, but since, they’ve faltered and the question marks with the starting staff make the series with Oakland a lot tougher than it figured to be. They need the good C.J. Wilson to show up and a healthy Matt Shoemaker, and with their solid offense, tremendous defense, and strong and deep bullpen, they
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|should take care of the A's and their struggling offense.
The Angels, with their depth, power, defense, bullpen, and with Mike Scioscia on the bench, should also take care of Detroit. But, it wouldn't hurt to have a healthy Josh Hamilton back in the lineup, either.
Washington has the dominant pitching staff of
But, the Dodgers can keep winning their division and maybe one playoff series, but they will never win a World Series with the empty uniform non-manager don mattingly. I have to pick the Nationals over them in the NL Championship series primarily due to mattingly and also because of the deep and dominating pitching the Nats have been getting the past couple of months. The Dodgers’ front line pitching is as good or better than anyone, but
|they do not have to depth of pitching that Washington has, and even with the super hot Matt Kemp (NL player of the Month for September) and Adrian Gonzalez, pitching depth will will out in a seven game series. |
So, I see the Angels and Nationals meeting in the World Series.
One final note: One of the big reasons I see the Angels getting to the World Series is the
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