Oh yeah, these are going to be unbiased picks on my part. Who again do I have at the Venetian? Division Series
Boston vs. Anaheim: Impressive line-up and bullpen for the Angels, I don't really like their starters. Percival has had problems with Boston in the past. Schilling is on, Wakefield seems to be rounding into form, and I'm hoping Martinez actually has a set. Boston in 4.
Twins vs. Yankees: With Santana and Radke, an excellent case can be made for the Twins, especially considering who knows who throws for the Yankees after Game 2. However, the Yankees have shown they can get to the Twins bullpen before, and they'll use the human blimp as a rain delay to screw up the Twins pitchers in the 7th inning at the Stadium. Yankees in 4.
Dodgers vs. Cardinals: Dodgers have been pulling off miracle wins after getting near collapsing, while the Cardinals have coasted for a month. I still don't like the Cardinals pitchers, but I like the Dodgers starters even less. Cardinals in 4.
Braves vs. Astros: Braves rotation is a post-season mystery. Astros always find a way to lose series. Clemens does in Game 5 what he did in Game 7 for the Yankees last year, and Mussina and Grady Little aren't around to bail him out this time. Braves in 5.
Braves vs. Cardinals: LaRussa's team folded up 3-1 in a LCS to the Braves in '96. However, the Braves don't have near the team they had in '96. Cardinals in 6.
Red Sox vs. Yankees: Since 12:17 A.M. on Friday October 17th, 2003, it has all been pointing to this occurring again. This is where Pettite and Wells being gone comes back to haunt Steinbrenner. It'll probably go 7, but I'm not dumb enough to make a prediction where it's a Russian Roulette game, especially since Boston's biggest weakness is the same one they had last season in big spots. Red Sox in 6, as Wakefield finishes the job.
Cardinals vs. Red Sox: Both teams have explosive offenses. Red Sox have better pitching. Payback for '46 and '67. Red Sox in 6, as Martinez shows he has genitalia and pitches the game of his life to bring Boston home.
Boston over Anaheim. We played, and trounced them, less than a month ago. Plus, their pitching is a huge question mark. 4 games.
Yankees over Minnesota in five. The Yankee offense has enough of an edge over the Twins to make this competitive, and with Brown seemingly recovering, I don't think their pitching (while weak) is as weak as some have speculated. I wouldn't be surprised to see this go either way, but for now I'll pick the hated Yanks.
LA over StL in five. Partly to be contradictory, partly because inujury is befalling the Cards at exactly the wrong time.
Houston over Atlanta in four. Just a better team, I think.
Boston over NY in 6. I don't see New York advancing past the second round, if they get there. There's not enough pitching depth. Relying on Kevin Brown's back, and the overworked Gordon and Rivera can only take you so far, I think.
Houston over LA in... six. Part guessing, part pessimism over Eric Gagne's seeming fall from the stratosphere.
And Boston over Houston in seven, because I'm a homer and I want Clemens to choke once more on the big stage. Just not for us this time.
Boston over Anaheim in 3 New York over Minnesota in 4 Atlanta over Houston in 4 Los Angeles over St. Louis in 4 Boston over New York in 6 Atlanta over Los Angeles in 7 Boston over Atlanta in 6
Originally posted by DEAN~!- Booker T stands like a statue in the ring. Paul London runs around the ring, bouncing off the ropes, jumps up and sticks his knees around Booker T ears and Powerbombs himself. London gets up and takes Booker T's hand and balls it up into a fist. He then extends Booker T's arm before hitting the ropes and smashing nose first into Booker T's fist. Paul, bleeding profusely, climbs onto Booker T's shoulders and dives into the second row- landing shoulder first onto the fixed chairs, getting more hardway color from his quickly sweeling upper lip. London runs into the ring and opens up Booker T's fist and raises it up to his face, as if Booker T was staring into his own hand. London when dives over the turnbuckle face first into the Spanish Announcers table. After the countout, London comes back into the ring and lays Booker T down on the ground while bending Booker's arms and legs and then spins him around. We go to a commercial for those burning Trojan condoms.
World Series It scares me to death to type this, but Boston wins in 6, clinching at Fenway. Three-fourths of the fans storm the field, the rest wait in line to jump to their deaths off the back of the left field bleachers,
The ultimate quandry: your team wins 105 games. With your ace out of the first round, how can you pick them to win it all and NOT sound like a homer?
ALDS Twins d. Yanks (4) BoSox d. Angels (4)
NLDS Astros d. Braves (5) Cards d. Dodgers (4)
ALCS BoSox d. Twins (6)
NLCS Cards d. Astros (7)
100th WS Cards d. BoSox (7)
Wishful thinking more than predictions, perhaps, but that's the beauty of baseball. WHO THE HELL KNOWS. Tell me again how the Cards pitching doesn't stand up to the Astros (who will own a five game series but struggle more in a seven gamer) and I'll refer to you April when everyone said the same damn thing. 105 > 92.
The putrid thing here is that, unlike most Cards fans, I wanted the Cubs to make the playoffs. Nice story, that team is. Plus, I love waving to the folks in Houston come October, and hoping they're in Fox Viewing Positions to watch the other NL teams play baseball. Dirty shame, those Astros. Maybe they'll win a playoff series for once.
Edit: I'm not very superstitous, but for a second I thought that changing my avatar from Rory Gilmore in a Cardinals cap to Georgia Lass sans headgear caused the Cardinals' poor week. Checking my server, the image was uploaded late Wednesday, well after the Redbirds' recent troubles began. Phew, I am not to blame.
FWIW, MLB.com is giving out a $10,000 prize to person who does the best job guessing the results. If you're making picks and you've got an MLB.com account (or want to take the three minutes it takes to set up one), then you might as well give yourself a chance for cash.
(One point for each correctly picked winner/number of games combo, most points win.)
Boston over Anaheim in 4 Yankees over Minnesota in 3 St. Louis over Los Angeles in 3 Atlanta over Houston in 5
Boston over Yankees in 6 (finally) St.Louis over Atlanta in 4
St. Louis Cardinals over Boston Red Sox in 6 games.
smark/net attack wienerville advisory holds at ORANGE alert - High (JBL is STILL WWE champion and now smarks arch enemy HHH is the World Champion. Major red threat, but the undercard seems okay. The alert holds... for now)- 9/19
Given Vina's a free agent after this season IIRC (there were trade whispers in the off-season, angering me to the greatest extent possible since Vina Is God) he could be shipped off later this year, but I doubt Hart will hold up: