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Since: 11.7.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.29
Since I did so well in my season predictions (actually I got 4 of 8 playoff slots), I can fearlessly say the following

ALDS
New York def. Minnesota 3-2
I wouldn't be surprised if the Twins win this. The Yankees starting pitching is going to half to be on, because the bullpen of late has been weak.

Oakland def. Boston 3-1
Starting pitching carries the A's, but if the Red Sox get some good starts out of somebody not named Martinez, they could easily take this series.

NLDS
Chicago def. Atlanta 3-1
The Cubs pitching is too good for them to lose this series. Atlanta doesn't really have too much, plus Maddux was hurt his last time out, which could adversely affect him.

Florida def. San Francisco 3-2
If McKeon won't pitch to Bonds, that makes life a little easier on the crew of young pitchers. Remember, with the stick out of Bonds' hands the Giants offense is greatly diminished.

ALCS
Oakland def. New York 4-2
Oakland's bullpen will cancel out the Yankees pen.

NLCS
Chicago def. Florida 4-1

This is where Dusty Baker's experience kicks in. Of course, the Cubs rotation has as much playoff experience as a nit as the Marlins do....

2003 WORLD SERIES
Chicago def. Oakland 4-3

I think it IS next year for the Cubbies...

(edited by Grimis on 29.9.03 1338)


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.80
    Originally posted by Grimis
    2003 WORLD SERIES
    Chicago def. Oakland 4-3



I need to start pawning off my possessions and possibly soul in order to get tickets if this prediction comes to fruition. Also, a new avatar is in order.

(edited by Whitebacon on 29.9.03 1059)


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New York takes Minnesota.
Oakland will take Boston (will be the best series though)

Oakland Beats New York


Chicago will take Atlanta, but most games will be close, VERY close.

San Francisco will LOSE TO FLORIDA

Chicago beats Florida.

World Series......


Oakland A's defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-2. Series MVP will be a pitcher.
(Cubs CANNOT win. Otherwise, start looking for the other signs of the appocolypse)
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.53
What's all the hating on Atl? Braves don't have much? Sure Maddux isn't 93 Maddux, but he still is great, the other pitchers aren't Glavine in 93 and Millwood, but still can pitch a damn good game, plus Smoltz as a closer. Also the fact the Braves have the 3rd most home runs as a team EVER shows they have friggin' power. Look at the Outfield, you got Sheffield, and the Joneses. Plus Javy was the most powerful catcher in the NL this year (I think the AL too), and with Furcal adding some speed up front I wouldn't count the Braves out.

Now for my predictions:
AL:
Ny beats Minnestoa 3:1

Boston takes Oakland 3:2

Ny beats Boston 4:2 (I'd rather see Boston in than the Yanks, but the Braves need to avenge all those loses against the Damn Yankees)

NL: Braves take Cubs 3:1

Giants take Florida 3:1

Braves take Giants 4:3

WORLD SERIES: Braves win 4:2!



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Since: 11.7.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.29
    Originally posted by Scott Summets
    plus Smoltz as a closer.

Problem is: what happens if Smoltz can't go? He's pitched a handful of innings since July. If he can't close in the playoffs, the Braves are finished. That's why it's highly unlikley the Braves will make it all the way through...



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.23
Predictions (gee, I wonder where I'm going with this)

Oakland/Boston: Boston in 3. Pedro/Hudson will be a great game, I have faith in Wakefield on the road, and Lowe at home can get the clincher over Lilly. Plus, if I didn't pick 3 I'd have to say 5 because I have no faith in Burkett vs. Hudson in 4, and that would mean Pedro pitching game 5, which would screw everything up. Plus, the Mayor of Boston has stated we win a spaceship if we beat Oakland, thus we have our means of escape for the end of the world.

Yankees/Twins: I'll be nice and say the Twins get 1 and Yankees in 4. I mean, I hate the Yankees, but they've swept the Twins in the regular season the past two years. Can't see the Twins turning that around and winning 3 out of 5.

Giants/Marlins: Marlins have never lost a post-season series. The Giants deserve to lose for not playing the Mets in Game 162 with a shot at home field on the line. Marlins in 4 in front of 13,000 at Joe Robbie.

Braves/Cubs: Rematch of 1998 first round, Braves dominated season series. As little faith as most people have in the Red Sox winning the World Series, at least they've won a playoff series. These are the Cubs, they don't win playoff series. Dusty's son cries again. Braves in 3.

LCS

Yankees/Red Sox: Apocolypse Now. Unlike '99, when Kent Mercker had to pitch Game 1, hopefully the Red Sox can have their rotation in order. Might be one of the greatest playoff series of all time. Until Game 7. In Game 7, Clemens gives up 8 runs in 1 1/3 innings, ending his career in disgrace. Red Sox in 7.

Braves/Marlins: Rematch of '97 NLCS. Unless Eric Gregg is calling pitches that are 18 inches outside as strikes for the Marlins, their run ends. Braves in 5.

World Series

Braves/Red Sox: Well, we ducked the Braves this year during the regular season. Would like to thank Eric Gagne for home field advantage in the Series. Smoltz's arm finally goes in Game 4. Red Sox in 6, and the spaceship gets to be used. Together, we can make it happen. Thank you all for coming.



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For those of you saying Oakland and Chicago, I beat you to it.

With that being said...

Yanks in 4.
Oakland in 5.

Chicago in 4.
San Fran in 5.

LCS:

Oakland in 5.
Chicago in 7.

World Series:
(I kinda hope I'm wrong, but I've still got a shot at my prediction to be true, so I'm sticking with it.)
Oakland in 6.





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BOSTON vs OAKLAND

The key to this series is all Pedro. If the Sox can get away with Pedro pitching just one game and still win, they're going to be in great shape come next series. The flip side to this is that if the A's actually get to Pedro....I don't see how the Sox will make it. The A's have big time deaph on the mound, which means those non-Pedro games are going to be very tough. All of this said, Pedro is Pedro, and recently he's been very Pedro. And Pedro being Pedro means the Sox have a great shot at winning. I'm saying Sox in FOUR


NEW YORK vs MINNESOTA

The Moose, the Rocket, Randy Andy are starting, and Boomer in the pen. ANd all that offense....and to be honest, they're going to have a ROUGH time this series. The Twins are entering the series in a high note, and are looking to cause trouble. If they leave the Bronx with a split, LOOK OUT BEEEEELOW! I think the Twins have a great chance in this series, and will take it in FOUR. Look for the Boss to be unhappy with Joe.

GIANTS vs FLORDIA

I have nothing to say about this series except this; the Marlins are owned by Loria. Whom, as an Expos fan, I dispise. GO GIANTS GO!

ATLANTA vs DA CUBS

Prior and Wood in a best of five? My money is on the Cubs taking this in THREE



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You guys are silly. The A's offense is nothing whatsoever to write home about, and the Sox pitching isn't as bad as you make it out to be. Martinez is rock solid, Wakefield is respectable and Lowe pitches well at home.

I don't think the key to this series is Pedro as much as the key to the entire Sox postseason is Pedro. Whatever they do with him in the ALDS, they've got to have at least one eye on the ALCS, because if they make it, they're really going to want two starts out of Pedro. The best of 5 and best of 7 series are two different dynamics.

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that San Fran thrashes the Fish. Chi-town/Atlanta is more interesting, but Chicago has some of the filthiest pitching around. We'll see if that can defeat a Braves team that won 100 games this season. But, like Mr. Nastio said, in a short series...

NY/Minnesota is going to be interesting. The Yankee defense is a train wreck, and the 'Dome is notoriously rough on visiting defenses. Especially with ground-ball pitcher Pettite starting the first game in MN. The Yankees are the clear favorite on paper, but there are a lot of variables in this one as I see it.

And, man, it's funny to go back and see the pre-season predictions. I got some of them right, but damn are others of them embarassing.



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Since: 26.7.02
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.91
    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Yankees/Red Sox: Apocolypse Now. Unlike '99, when Kent Mercker had to pitch Game 1, hopefully the Red Sox can have their rotation in order. Might be one of the greatest playoff series of all time. Until Game 7. In Game 7, Clemens gives up 8 runs in 1 1/3 innings, ending his career in disgrace. Red Sox in 7.


You fucking rule. Just sayin'.

Anywho:

New York/Minnesota: Yankees in four.

Boston/Oakland: Boston in three. I don't think we'll have to go with Burkett in this one. Pedro is hot lately, and our offense is too much for the A's.

Florida/San Francisco: Bonds won't save it. Florida in five.

Atlanta/Chicago: Go Cubs. I want Boston/Chicago this year. Cubs in four.

AL Championship:

Boston over New York. Seven-game series. It has to happen. Redsoxnation said it better than I ever could.

NL Championship:

Cubs over Marlins, five games series. I'm telling you, Cubs/Sox is ON.

World Series, by gawd!:

Sox in four. I'll give Chicago a game.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
Cubs in five
Giants in four
Red Sox in five
Twins in five

Cubs in six
Red Sox in six

Asteroid hits the earth after Game Seven of Series, no matter who wins. It's like Tug McGraw's "Big Ball of Ice" theory come to horrible life.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.98
    Originally posted by redsoxnation


    Oakland/Boston: Boston in 3. Pedro/Hudson will be a great game, I have faith in Wakefield on the road, and Lowe at home can get the clincher over Lilly.


The easiest game to pick here should be Red Sox in game 3. I can't see Lilly getting by Lowe in Fenway at all. It looks like the Sox should win game three by a 9-3 score. Take Boston in 4 or 5.

The Twins need to win today. If the Yankees knock out Santana today, the Twins get swept.

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.74
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Asteroid hits the earth after Game Seven of Series, no matter who wins. It's like Tug McGraw's "Big Ball of Ice" theory come to horrible life.


It'll be like when Butters came on the Coors Field JumboTron (TM) as Professor Chaos on South Park. All the fans in the seats go, "Oh, no! What will we do with the precious few hours we have left to live?"

Then everybody gets naked, and the fornication-a-thon begins. The horror...




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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.19
Twinkies in 5 - I hate the yankees
A's in 5 - Kim gets lit up in 9th inning of Game 5
Cubbies in 5 - Smoltz no-shows and Sammy goes deep
Giants in 4 - Marlins luck runs out

A's in 7 - Bargain Basement series
Cubbies in 7 - Sammy outslugs Barry

A's in 5 - Curse of the Cubs fans, they can't win series in your lifetime



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Nice to see all the love for my A's...I think they take Boston by pitching. No, the A's offense doesn't look all that good on paper, but take a look at them in the second half. Tejada's average is up about 40 points since the AS game, Chavez is up about 25...and both finished right at (or close to) the 30/100 mark. And don't forget, they didn't add Guillen until August and Dye until about two weeks ago. Boston's lineup is stronger, but don't look past Oakland's bats.

I see it:

A's d. Boston in 4
Yankees d. Twins in 5

Cubs d. Braves in 4
Giants d. Marlins in 3

A's d. Yankees in 6
Cubs d. Giants in 7

A's d. Cubs in 5

Neither the Cubs or Red Sox can win the World Series. Other sports have their joke franchises, but these two running gags are just to good to let go. If the Cubs win, that's it, I don't think we'll ever see a team rack up another 97 (is that the count now?) year losing streak. And come on...The Curse of the Bambino is part of American folklore...you just can't let that go. I don't know how widely this gets talked about around Boston, but a writer mentioned in a column about a month ago up here how Bruce Hurst pitched game 7 for the Sox in '86...and if you re-arrange the letters in his name it spells out "B Ruth Curse". You couldn't make up a story like that. Sorry Bosox fans, but you've gotta take one for the rest of us who think the Curse is just too cool a thing to let go.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.10
ALDS
New York def. Minnesota in 4

Red Sox def. The A's in 5

NLDS
Cubs def Braves in 5

Giants def Marlins in 3

ALCS
Red Sox over Yankees in 6

NLCS
Giants over Cubs in 5

2003 WORLD SERIES
Giants over Red Sox in 6



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.22
Since HBO did the nitwit Curse of the Bambino special a few weeks ago, I'd like to clarify the position of most Red Sox fans on the subject: Its an idiotic idea conceived by Dan Shaughnessy to pay for his retirement. And, giving credit where its due, it worked out well for him. It's not Ruth's fault that: Ted Williams gets hit in the elbow in an exhibition game waiting for the Cardinals/Dodgers Best of 3 playoff to conclude, thus causing him to hit .200 in the '46 Series, nor the reason why they threw Galehouse in '48, why Lonborg had to go on 2 days in '67, why Bill Lee was possessed to throw an euphus pitch to Tony Perez with a 3 run lead in '75, why Lou Pinella robbed Jerry Remy of an inside the park home run in '78 (and to be fair, the Red Sox weren't going to win the Series in '78 anyway. Any Red Sox fan with any memory knows that Royals Stadium was a deathtrap for Boston in the 70's and 80's. Three hopper past short by Willie Wilson would be a stand-up triple), why Schiraldi wasn't pinch-hit for in the top of the 10th in '86, why Gedman was screwed up as a catcher after catching Charlie Hough in the All-Star Game in '86; thus causing the wild pitch/passed ball, why Roger Clemens was Dave Stewart's bitch in every big game he pitched, why Reardon gave up an 0-2 home run to Roberto Kelly in '91 with 2 outs in the ninth when they came back from 11 1/2 back in August to within half a game and Toronto out on the West Coast (nor does it explain to this day why I didn't rush the field and kill Matt Young as he was bullshitting with Tom Brunansky on his way to walking the ballpark in the 10th inning of said game. I apologize for not acting), it doesn't explain Rick Aguilera pulling his groin in Game 1 in '95 against Cleveland, why Tom Gordon blew his first save in 6 months in Game 4 against Cleveland in '98, and why the umps blew repeated calls around second base in the '99 ALCS against the Yankees.
Bad luck, poor decision, yes. But the Curse of the Bambino bullshit stopped being funny about 13 years ago.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.87
Heh, I like the thread that's linked at the top...

BACK IN MARCH, cfgb SEZ:

"I think the idea of the Mets coming close to first is assinine. Last year they were apparently 3 times the club from the year before - and played pitiful ball. Minor leaguers are more exciting, if for no other reason than they appear to TRY."

Okay, so I screwed up most of my OTHER picks - but I'm still right about the Mets while most of you laughed at the idea they could be as bad as I was making them out to be.

Oh no, they weren't that bad.

They were worse. :-)



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#19 Posted on
My predictions:

ALDS
Yankees in 5
Red Sox in 3

NLDS
Cubs in 5
Giants in 3

ALCS
Yankees in 7

It has to be this way just so I can watch Sox fans cry. I think Boston fans are the most fascinating phenomenon in sports fandom today. To hear them badmouth their team up until the point where they actually have hope - and then to see that hope destroyed is the most hilarious thing I've seen in recent years. Especially for that Simmons guy on ESPN's Page 2. Reading that guy talk himself into every Boston team being better than they actually are and then backpedaling later is priceless.

That said, I'm a Detroit fan, so I don't have much hope AT ALL when my Lions and Tigers play...

NLCS
Who Cares in 6 (OK, Cubs)

WS
Cubbies in 6 (Now, THERE are fans I actually feel for)


P.S. Not trying to label ALL Boston fans that way - just from what I hear on talk radio and see on TV. When the Sox went apesh*t over winning the Wild Card... that was just precious...
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.91
    Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft
    My predictions:

    ALDS
    Yankees in 5
    Red Sox in 3

    NLDS
    Cubs in 5
    Giants in 3

    ALCS
    Yankees in 7

    It has to be this way just so I can watch Sox fans cry. I think Boston fans are the most fascinating phenomenon in sports fandom today. To hear them badmouth their team up until the point where they actually have hope - and then to see that hope destroyed is the most hilarious thing I've seen in recent years. Especially for that Simmons guy on ESPN's Page 2. Reading that guy talk himself into every Boston team being better than they actually are and then backpedaling later is priceless.

    That said, I'm a Detroit fan, so I don't have much hope AT ALL when my Lions and Tigers play...

    NLCS
    Who Cares in 6 (OK, Cubs)

    WS
    Cubbies in 6 (Now, THERE are fans I actually feel for)


    P.S. Not trying to label ALL Boston fans that way - just from what I hear on talk radio and see on TV. When the Sox went apesh*t over winning the Wild Card... that was just precious...


Yeah, well, you know, the Sox only have the best pitcher in baseball and the best offense in baseball, so I guess they suck.

Seriously, man, talking shit about teams that win the wildcard when your team lost 119 games is pretty ridiculous.



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