Chicago def. Los Angeles in 3 games. - Normally not safe to bet on the sweep, but LA can't counter that power packed pitching staff. It's one after another. I don't think people realize how in the zone Ted Lilly is right now, and he's their #4 starter for god sakes! From there, with a sick bullpen of Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Marmol, and Kerry Wood, you're done.
Brewers def. Philadelphia in 5 games. - I believe in momentum. Philadelphia has the experience, and the better team, but CC Sabathia is firing on guts, Ben Sheets is rock solid for the FIRST full season of his career, and they have something to prove before free agency. Expect a war.
Boston def. Anaheim in 5 games. - I'll take the reigning champs over a questionable Angels lineup every day of the week. As a Braves fan, I can tell you that NOBODY leaves more runners standing in scoring position than Mark Teixeira, and stats WILL back me up on this one. (baseballprospectus.com) The departure of Manny hurts, but last time I checked, Jason Bay is no slouch.
Chicago def. Tampa Bay in 4 games. - I hate this. I REALLY hate this. But, the miracle run ends, Ozzie continues to wriggle out of impossible messes, and advances to the ALCS once more.
Chicago beats Los Angeles in three. My adopted team will romp through easily to the next round.
Brewers will beat Philadelphia in four. As mentioned earlier by cfgb, it's about momentium. I think most of us can agree that if CC leaves the Brewers via free agency, he will still be known as one of the best Hired Guns in sports history.
Boston beats Anaheim in four games. The Angels haven't played a meaningful game in ages, and it will show. I think Boston has an excellent ball club.
Tampa Bay beats Chicago in three games. The Sox are worn out, and the Rays are simply quite good.
You know, I really don't know what to put here. Close your eyes and thank of something funny!
Bored at work. Let's see how we did. (Edited for both series.)
NL & ALDS Scorecard Big Bad 3-1 Torchslasher 3-1 redsoxnation 3-1 Peter The Hegemon 3-1 spf 3-1 The Thrill 3-1 Java 3-1 It's False 2-2 MUTigermask 2-2 AWARulz 2-2 whatever 2-2 drjayphd 2-2 El Nastio 2-2 Lexus 1-3 SchippeWreck 1-3 Texas Kelly 1-3 BoromirMark 1-3 cfgb 1-3 Psycho Penguin 1-3
Nobody got them all wrong! Yay!
Correctly predicted the number of games (aka Not too many people) MUTigermask 2 out of 4 drjayphd 2 out of 4 redsoxnation 1 out of 4 spf 1 out of 4 BoromirMark 1 out of 4 El Nastio 1 out of 4 AWARulz 1 out of 4 (Technically. He had the Rays beating the wrong opponent, but guessed the number of games correctly.) Java 1 out of 3
(edited by SchippeWreck on 7.10.08 1313) "It's magic! We don't need to explain it!"
Maybe he wasn't happy with how he handled the staff? For me, at least (and why I disagree with Beane on this count), the catchers' primary role is make sure that the pitchers pitch the best they can on any given day.