Detroit Tigers def. Oakland A's
Baltimore Orioles def. New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds def. San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals def. Washington Nationals
Baltimore Orioles def. Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds def. St. Louis Cardinals
Baltimore Orioles def. Cincinnati Reds
- I do not seriously believe the Baltimore Orioles are even remotely good enough to get to the World Series nevertheless win it all, but then again they were really not that good of a team during the regular season as well. I just think through the randomness that is the MLB playoffs something so screwy and unexpected is going to happen and it's going to be the crappy Orioles winning it all.
- I know one of these play-in wild card teams will win it all because that's how I feel it will work in this rookie year of having two wild cards, but I really think I picked the wrong one and should have gone with the Cardinals.
Not only do the Cardinals always seem to undeservingly win it all (see: 2006 when they barely went over .500-they only won 83 games-and were terrible on paper but they ended up defeating the 96 win Detroit Tigers and the truly better team in the World Series) but dumb, stupid luck / bad officiating that goes in teams favors (like the "in field fly" rule that went in the Cardinals favor on Friday night) always goes towards teams that do well in the post-season. Because the in-field fly rule went in the Cardinals favor they probably will win it all. Don't yell at me, that is just how baseball karma works. Need an example?
In 2005, White Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski reached first base on a terrible "dropped third strike" call that was not really a dropped third strike during an Angels-White Sox game. Getting AJ on base during that play helped the White Sox win that game and the ChiSox ended up winning the World Series. It's stupid and extremely controversial things like that that only happens to Champions. #JustSaying
- If I was using logic to make post-season predictions I would have the Detroit Tigers come out of the A.L. (and still probably have the Reds in the N.L). Even though Mike Trout's Angels won more games than the Detroit Tigers (more on this to come, probably in a different post), I still think the Tigers have the best overall team in the American League. Their rotation of Verlander-Fister-Scherzer is really good, they can close out games with Jose Valverde, and they can hit with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the heart of that order. The Yankees have rotation issues, the A's have talent issues, and I can't name you a single Oriole in that pitching staff- or really on that team.
END OF SEASON AWARDS
Who Will Win It: Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Who Deserves To Win It: Mike Trout (LAA)
Who Will Win It: Buster Posey (SFG)
Who Deserves To Win It: Buster Posey (SFG)
AL Cy Young
Who Will Win It: Justin Verlander (DET)
Who Deserves To Win It: Justin Verlander (DET)
NL Cy Young
Who Will Win It: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
Who Deserves To Win It: Gio Gonzalez (WAS)
Rookie Of The Year
AL: Mike Trout (LAA)
NL: Bryce Harper (WAS)
Sophomore Of The Year
AL: Chris Sale (CWS)
NL: Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
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