Thursday, October 7, 2021

ALDS & NLDS Playoff Predictions


ALDS & NLDS Predictions


Boston Red Sox Vs Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays have been a silent killer in the AL this season because nobody really noticed how good they are until now. I wasn’t sure that they were going to be that good this season just because they lost three of their starting pitchers from last season when they went to the World Series, but so far they have had no problems at all with the pitching. The batting order is one of the best in the league and can break open an inning at any time. Randy Arozarena really busted out last season and has continued his run into this season and he’s not the only one in the batting order who can score a lot of runs. The Red Sox on the other hand have looked very mediocre this season. The pitching is pretty awful at times and they can score some runs, but the pitching will give up just as many runs in return. The Rays owned the Red Sox this season and I don’t see them letting up in this series!

Rays over Red Sox in 3 games


Chicago White Sox Vs Houston Astros

The White Sox have been quietly building a dominant and young squad mostly through their farm system over the years. This is the season where it all finally came together and they are now a legitimate team. The batting lineup has been lights out led by Jose Abreu who basically can’t be stopped when he steps up to the plate. The pitching has been solid. They have their moments when they shine, but they also have moments where they look like shit and this could be a problem going up against the Astros. Houston has been playing some great baseball all season long and the batting lineup is the most dominant in the league. It’s hard to find a weak spot in the batting order because there isn’t one. The starting pitching isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still good enough to get the job done. The Astros offense has been high flying and is really difficult to stop and I believe if the White Sox get in too deep of a hole they won’t be able to keep up with Houston. This should be a fun series to watch and I expect it to go the distance, but I think the Astros are the better team and will come out on top in this series.

Astros over White Sox in 5 games



Los Angeles Dodgers Vs San Francisco Giants

It’s crazy to think with how deep this rivalry is and with how many times these two teams have played each other, that this is the first time ever in their history that they’ve faced each other in the playoffs! These are clearly the two best teams in the league as they have dominated from start to finish! They have dominated in two completely different fashions as well. The Dodgers have the deepest roster in the league and that is with purpose given all the injuries they have had this season. The Giants have played all around great baseball in every way. The starting pitching is flawless, the bullpen is deep with talent, the defense is great and the batting lineup is one of the best in the league. The Giants hit with purpose and by that I mean they can get runners on base and score a lot of runs out of nowhere. Even when you think they are down and out they have made comebacks in the bottom of the 9th or in extra innings to get it going. There is no quit in this team and Gabe Kapler has managed this team perfectly! The edge in this matchup goes to the Giants because they are a more healthy team than the Dodgers and I think their pitching will be able to handle this lineup, while the offense gets them the runs they need. I expect this to be a great series, not only because of the rivalry, but also because these are the two best teams in the league and it will be a battle!

Giants over Dodgers in 5 games


Atlanta Braves Vs Milwaukee Brewers

When the season began I don’t think a lot of people had the Brewers not only winning their division, but also being one of the most dominant teams in the league. The Brewers pitching has been phenomenal this season. The starting pitchers have dominated and when things start to get a little shaky with the starting pitcher, there is always someone who can take over in the bullpen to get them out of a bind. The Brewers pitching has carried them throughout the season, but the batting order has done its job as well. The Braves batting order is impressive from top to bottom because they are excellent at playing small ball by just getting guys on base and setting them up in position to score. The pitching is not bad either. They have their ups and they have their downs, but overall they have solid starting pitching. The bullpen can be suspect at times and that may end up being what gets them into trouble in this series. The edge in this matchup is the Brewers pitching. If this series turns into a pitching battle at any point the Brewers have a much deeper bench to reach into that is a lot more reliable than the Braves.

Brewers over Braves in 4 games

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