Championship Series predictions | October 15, 2012
The MLB Divisional Series finished up with all 4 series going the full distance. Meaning no team will have had an extra rest or the ability to try and maybe shuffle their starting rotation around with not much of a break before the teams make their attempt at getting to the World Series.
In a surprisingly low scoring series, with only 26 total runs over the 5 games, the Yankees beat their division rival Orioles. It was a close series with 2 games needing extra innings, another being won in the 9th, with the other games being decided by 1 and 2 runs respectively.
The other ALDS saw another close series. The Detroit Tigers won a close 1st game at home, followed by a walk-off win in game 2. When the series moves west it followed a similar pattern, a close win by Oakland followed by a walk-off win to tie the series at 2. Detroit finished the series off in more convincing fashion as they took the series with 6-0 win in Oakland.
Kurt – New York Yankees in 7
The Yankees homered an incredible 31 times more than any other team during the year and with home field, I think they’ll make the deep ball count, even if they aren’t hitting particularly well so far.
Ben – Detroit Tigers in 6
I’m going to go Detroit in the ALCS. Yankees hitting is a mess so far while Detroit has both areas hitting well
The National League Divisional Series were just as good to watch. The San Francisco Giants lost 2 straight at home and looked bad doing it, being outscored 14-2 in the process. They then went into Cincinnati and won 3 straight games to send them to their 2nd NLCS in the last few years.
The St. Louis Cardinals had to conjure up some of their 2011 World Series magic to get back to the NLCS. After losing game won, they comfortably won games 2 and 3. Game 4 went to 9th inning with a tie, which the Washington Nationals won in walk-off fashion to stay alive. The Nationals then had a 6-0 lead going into the 4th inning and a 7-5 lead in the 9th with the Cardinals down to their last strike. It was like 2011 all over again as the Cards scored 4 runs to send them to the NLCS again.
Ben – San Francisco Giants in 7
I think it will be the same story as in the NLDS. The games will be tight and in close encounters I expect the Giants pitching to come out on top more often than not.
Kurt – San Francisco Giants in 7
Same as Ben. St. Louis can win games if they put up the runs, but I think the Giants pitching staff will be able to keep them in check enough to take the series.
With the 2011, 2010 and 2009 winners all still present, and the Tigers losing in 2006, we will certainly be seeing some familiar faces in this years World Series whatever happens.