Starting three for the playoffs
1. Houston – Verlander, Cole, Greinke
2. Cleveland – Bieber, Clevinger, Kluber
3. Tampa – Morton, Chirinos, Glasnow or Snell if he returns
4. Yankees – Tanaka, Paxton, German or Happ
5. Twins – Berrios, Pineda, Odorizzi
Houston has Aaron Sanchez and Wade Miley, Cleveland has the two rookie pitchers we just saw, Yankees have CC Sabathis, Tampa will make something up, and the Twins have Gibson in reserve.
1. Dodgers - Ryu, Beuhler, Kershaw
2. Nationals – Strasburg, Scherzer, Corbin
3. Braves – Teheran, Soroka, Fried
4. Cubs – Lester, Hendricks, Quintana
5. Cardinals – Mikolas, Wainwright, Flaherty
The Cardinals have Wacha and Hudson in reserve, the cubs have Yu Darvish (on Boy) and are we glad we lost that signing battle, the Nationals have Annibal Sanchez, and the Braves hope Dallas Kuechel will be dealing by then.
Pick your poison.
The Twins rotation might be as good as the Yankees and Cardinals, but beyond that it is a guess and the Bullpen is the next question. Chapman or Rogers? This keeps the Yankees above us. Not that Rogers and Romo are not doing well, but I think Rogers is wearing out and who do you trust in a tight game against a really good lineup after them?
1. Yankees – Chapman and Ottavino
2. Houston – Osuna and Pressley
3. Cleveland - Hand and Perez
4. Twins – Rogers and Romo
5. Tampa – Pagan and Roe
1. Dodgers – Jansen and Baez
2. Washington – Doolittle and Suero
3. St Louis – Hicks and Miller
4. Braves – Jackson and Swarzak
5. Cubs – Strop and Kintzler
Yankees ahead by a large margin in BP, then Houston with Dodgers and Cleveland equal and the rest are hard to rate. What is interesting is that three former Twins are in these BP pairs (not counting our own two).
That is it. Houston is my pick at this point based on pitchers and the Nationals and Dodgers tied for NL side.