Monday, October 21, 2019
Division Series Record (3-1)
Championship Series Record (0-2)
2019 World Series Prediction
Washington Nationals Vs Houston Astros
The Astros are by far the best team in baseball this season and have continued to prove that throughout the postseason. The starting pitching is one of the best in the league led by the ageless wonder Justin Verlander who is still as dominant as ever, along with Gerrit Cole who hasn’t lost a start since the beginning of the Summer. They will both give any batting order a run for their money and it’s very rare when they get rattled after giving up a run or two. The Astros only weakness has been their bullpen, which hasn’t been a problem at this point in the postseason. The entire team is finally healthy and really starting to play some of their best baseball.
With all that being said the Nationals are on fire and if there’s one thing I have learned over the years watching baseball is that the hottest team coming into the playoffs usually ends up hoisting the trophy in the end. The Nationals starting pitching can go pound for pound with the Astros, which should make for some interesting games in this World Series. The Nationals batting order has only gotten better as the season has gone on and Juan Soto is the leader of the pack right now in this lineup. Soto has caught fire with 34 home runs and a .282 batting average and he seems to get better as the playoffs go on. I never expected the Nationals to end up in the World Series, but now that they are here I actually believe in them. They play smart baseball and have dominated every team they faced so far in the postseason. The Astros will be a tough test for them to pass, but I believe when it’s all said and done the Nationals will win the World Series.
Nationals over Astros in 6 games
MVP: Max Scherzer
Friday, October 11, 2019
Division Series Record (3-1)
New York Yankees Vs Houston Astros
In my opinion, the Astros have the best roster in baseball from starting pitching, to batting lineup, and all the way on down to the manager. The Astros are a solid team, but with that being said I believe they got heavily exposed in the ALDS against the Rays. I had a feeling it was going to happen at some point in the post season, just not that early against such a mediocre team like the Rays. The mistakes that the starting pitching made during the ALDS were so out of character for them, but if that happens to them against the Rays, I have no idea how they will make it through the Yankees batting order? You cannot make any mistakes when pitching against this Yankees offense because every guy in the lineup is capable of opening up this game, and if the Astros have to rely on their bullpen to get them through this series they may as well pack up and go home now because that is where their biggest weakness lies. The Yankees have played the best baseball out of every team in the league this season from start to finish. Even with all the injuries and the sub-par pitching this team has overcome everything that has been thrown at them. They’ve looked like champs from the jump and I expect that to continue on into the World Series!
Yankees over Astros in 6 games
Washington Nationals Vs St. Louis Cardinals
When the playoffs began I did not expect this matchup, but that is why I love the MLB playoffs because you never know what’s going to happen! This is going to be a fun series to watch because the teams match up well against each other. The Nationals starting pitching has been solid this season led by Max Scherzer who continues to pitch at a dominant level along with Stephen Strasburg. These guys are capable of taking over a game and even if they make a mistake, they shake it off and come back strong. The Cardinals starting pitching isn’t flashy at all and the casual baseball fan wouldn’t even be able to name one of the starting pitchers on the team, but they statistically are better than the Nationals. They are ranked fifth in the league in ERA and are the back bone of this team. The batting lineups for both teams can get hot at any time and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of these games end up back and forth from inning to inning. The edge in this matchup will be the bullpens. The Nationals weakness all season has been there bullpen, they have consistently been let down by the bullpen and I have a feeling that will be their downfall in this series. The Cardinals are on fire right now and they are a team who really believe in themselves. I had a feeling they were going to be a World Series contender before the playoffs began and I think that’s where they will be headed when it’s all said and done.
Cardinals over Nationals in 6 games
Friday, October 4, 2019
Tampa Bay Rays Vs Houston Astros
The Astros are by far the best team in the league right now. They have the best pitching staff, an incredible batting lineup, and play stout defense. I don’t believe the Rays even have a chance at winning one game in this series let alone three. Congrats to the Rays for making the playoffs, but as a team they ain’t shit compared to the Astros. This should be a nice little warm-up for the Astros to get ready for the ALCS.
Astros over Rays in 3 games
Minnesota Twins Vs New York Yankees
The Twins came on strong this season with a dominating offense that was setting records with home runs and have a couple of guys in the batting lineup who have a batting average above .300. Jorge Polanco has been playing at an MVP level batting a .296 with 22 home runs, but where he’s really dominated is at the short stop position on defense and should make a great case for a Gold Glove this season. The Yankees have had to battle through nothing but injuries from the beginning of the season, but have some-how been able to overcome all of them. The batting lineup has continued to dominate and has been a difficult task for every pitching staff that has had to face off against them. The Yankees pitching has been mediocre throughout the entire season, but they have managed to overcome that and keep winning. No team has been better at overcoming adversity this season than the Yankees because of all the injuries and I believe that will continue on into the playoffs and against the Twins. The Twins pitching has been decent, but I believe the Yankees batting lineup will be too much for them to overcome and the Yankees will continue on into the Championship Series.
Yankees over Twins in 4 games
Washington Nationals Vs Los Angeles Dodgers
The Nationals have been one of the most surprising teams in baseball this season. After they lost Bryce Harper it was hard to believe they’d be anything better than mediocre, but they have really dominated with their starting pitching and the batting lineup has really taken off this second half of the season. While the Nationals have looked strong the past few months, the Dodgers have dominated the National League for quite some time and don’t look like they are about to cool down. When it comes to pitching the Dodgers are the best in the league statistically they rank first in ERA and WHIP, but this is not the only side of the ball where they dominate, they also will kill you with their batting lineup. You can’t ever count the Dodgers out no matter how many runs they may be down because it is very possible they can make it up in one inning and then are walking away with the win. The Nationals had a nice little run, but the Dodgers are way too deep for the Nationals to even compete.
Dodgers over Nationals in 3 games
St. Louis Cardinals Vs Atlanta Braves
The Braves were a team that silently dominated from start to finish. They have a solid pitching staff that has led the charge with one of the best batting lineups in the league. The Braves have some solid home run hitters, but they will kill you with their small ball. Acuna Jr. and Albies are smart, strong and fast hitters who are difficult to catch once they take off. The Cardinals started off the season very slow, but hit the second half of the season strong and have really dominated, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Trading for Paul Goldschmidt in the offseason and signing Marcell Ozuna as a free agent have both paid off immensely as both players are living up to their expectations. This is going to be a great series to watch because both teams matchup well against each other. I expect this to be a back and forth series with it coming down to a few crucial plays. The edge in this matchup, I believe, goes to the Cardinals because no one in the league has been on fire like they have and when you come into the playoffs playing like this, usually it carries on into the playoffs and it’s difficult for the opposing team to overcome. The Cardinals have always been a sneaky team come playoff time I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the World Series.
Cardinals over Braves in 5 games