After all sorts of different potential machinations that could have lead to three team playoffs and what not… there are no ties, everything ended up falling into place nicely, and the playoffs are going to begin on time and without much confusion. You could listen through the podcast, posted earlier, to hear our predictions, or you could just continue to scroll down and see how Kyle Blume and I fell in our predictions. Boringly enough, we ended up reaching a consensus on our picks.
AL Wild Card – Houston vs New York Yankees: The Astros have been backsliding for the past month and a half or so. It’s tough to read much into a hot streak at the end of the year, but you could definitely see something out of a slump in those same months. Pick: YANKEES
ALDS: :Kansas City vs Yankees: While last season, the Royals had to grind their way through the endite season, they’ve been coasting for a while now. Will they be ready for a real game again? I think, perhaps not. The bullpen is also not as good as it was last year. Another pick that isn’t so much about the Yankees as it is about their opponent. Pick: YANKEES
Texas vs Toronto: This is an interesting match up. Two teams that definitely weren’t supposed to be here, but made some bold mid-season moves that fueled an amazing run. The difference is that Toronto NEEDS to win this year. They are at a breaking point, whereas even when Texas made the moves, many thought they were planning for 2016. Texas will be more relaxed, Toronto has too much pressure. Pick: RANGERS
ALCS: Texas vs Yankees: Finally a match in which the Yankees aren’t facing a holey team unprepared for the series. Welcome back to the World Series, Texas. Pick: RANGERS
NL Wildcard: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh: So much in the postseason rides on pitching. The Pirates simply don’t have a starter that can match Jake Arrieta right now, and the Cubs record isn’t as good as it could be simply because they didn’t have their best players on the team during the entire year. Pick: CUBS
NLDS: St. Louis vs Cubs: The Cardinals are always around this time of year, aren’t they? But the Cubs just seem so good this year, and the Cardinals seem so off kilter, and I am not afraid of their rotation. If any team won’t be afraid of the Cards, it will be a team from the AL Central. You know, like the Cubs. Pick: CUBS
New York Mets vs Los Angeles: Both teams in this series have been no-hit by Max Scherzer. Both teams will have a few more hits, though. I worry about the Dodgers in the playoffs. They seem to have overworked Clayton Kershaw in previous seasons. Will that be the same this year? And how about Zack Greinke, who must also be near the end of his thread? The Mets just have fewer innings/arm. Pick: METS
NLCS: Mets vs Cubs: Boy, who saw this coming. Well, a wild card team always needs to make the World Series, right? And if the Cubs are going to beat any team to get to the World Series again, it’s going to be the Mets, right? It HAS to be the Mets. Pick: CUBS
World Series: Texas vs Cubs. I mean, check the top of the page to figure this out, you know?