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Welp, I was 1 for 2 on my Wild Card picks and 2 for 4 on my Division Series picks. Let’s do the Championship Series’ now. Once again, take these with a grain of salt.

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ALCS (C as in ”Cheaters”): Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros

If you told me at the beginning of the year that the Red Sox would make the ALCS I would’ve laughed at you. Yet here they are.

This matchup looks like a pretty good one. Both teams have great lineups that both hit for a high average and score a lot of runs.

However, I do look back at the Division Series with the Red Sox and the Rays and I see how their bullpen has coughed up late inning leads in back-to-back games. That raises a few questions. On the other side, the Astros bullpen has been better at protecting leads.

This should be a really good series but I think that the bullpens will make the difference of who’s moving on here.

Prediction: Astros win in 7 games

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NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves

We see a rematch of last year’s NLCS this year. LA and Atlanta.

Both teams have highly capable offenses that should match up well with each other.

Both teams also have competent pitching staffs. But I have to say that the advantage in the pitching goes to the Dodgers, because they have both the better #1 Starter and the better #2 Starter (Scherzer>Morton and Buehler>Fried).

The Dodgers will be a far tougher test for the Braves than the Brewers. Their pitching staff is just as good (and the Brewers pitching staff did hold Atlanta to 3 runs/game last series) but their lineup is far better. The primary reason the Brewers lost is because nobody in their lineup was able to step up.

So, if the Dodgers can consistently put up 4+ runs/game in this series, they’ll win the series. What are the odds of that happening? Pretty high I’d say, they’re the Dodgers!

Prediction; Dodgers win in 5 games

I’ll do my World Series predictions when it comes around. Please give me your feedback on how right or wrong I am!

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For those of us looking for a team to favor simply as fans - I suggest we are relegated to Atlanta.  I agree that the “Chop” is annoying, but consider the alternatives  The “big city” Dodgers are trying to spend their way to  a Championship, and Houston is still stained by the trashcan cheating scandal.   Boston is a Northeast Team, with its long overhyped “rivalry” with the Yankees - those of us in flyover country shouldn’t go for that!!’   That leaves the Braves by default.   Finally, it would be nice to see the Commish, the  “Manfred Man” (with no Earth Band”), forced to give Atlanta the biggest spotlight in baseball.   THEY can’t move the World Series a mile higher!!!!   So - Go Braves (but still wish the Brewers could have held on).  
Prediction: The Dodgers and Houston will win just as you said  (except Houston does it in 5 too). 

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I was rooting for Tampa Bay and San Francisco to go to the World Series so going to be tough to watch either of these series.    The story in the AL - who can cheat better?     Boston somehow plays "clutch" when Cora is managing and Baker always seems to have tough defeats in the playoffs so I will go with Boston winning in 7 although Houston should be favored.  NLCS Atlanta vs LA Dodgers  - another tough one to pick a team to root for as both teams have been in the playoffs a bunch.  Atlanta has Eddie Rosario so I'll root for them although the Dodgers should be heavily favored and always seems to beat Atl.   Dodgers in 5 seems about right.   

 

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I have no interest in any of these teams, but solely from an entertainment standpoint,

LA vs Houston II would be interesting.  Joe Kelly vs Everyone.  Otherwise I just want it over

as soon as possible so the Handbook can be released!

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8 hours ago, strumdatjag said:

For those of us looking for a team to favor simply as fans - I suggest we are relegated to Atlanta.  I agree that the “Chop” is annoying, but consider the alternatives  The “big city” Dodgers are trying to spend their way to  a Championship, and Houston is still stained by the trashcan cheating scandal.   Boston is a Northeast Team, with its long overhyped “rivalry” with the Yankees - those of us in flyover country shouldn’t go for that!!’   That leaves the Braves by default.   Finally, it would be nice to see the Commish, the  “Manfred Man” (with no Earth Band”), forced to give Atlanta the biggest spotlight in baseball.   THEY can’t move the World Series a mile higher!!!!   So - Go Braves (but still wish the Brewers could have held on).  
Prediction: The Dodgers and Houston will win just as you said  (except Houston does it in 5 too)

I disagree, I think the Red Sox will give them a fight.

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