You know, making baseball predictions proved to be more difficult than I thought this year.
Looking back at my early season choices, I accurately picked the Detroit Tigers to make the playoffs, as well as the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. Well after Monday night's tiebreaker game in the American League, I was also right on the Rays. I struck out on the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and the Rangers.
In the National League, I hit on the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers, while floundering on the Nationals, Giants and Phillies.
Like I said, making these picks is like playing darts with a blindfold. Sometimes you get lucky, while most the time you miss horribly. Needless to say I'll never win it big in Vegas.
There is nothing like October baseball, and with the playoffs upon us, here's how the rest of the season pans out.
In the American League, the Boston Red Sox slip past the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card round and the Tigers handle the Oakland Athletics. It pains me to think of my beloved Indians losing, but I'm a realist.
When Beantown battles the once-mighty automotive hub in the Championship Series, I expect a good series all around. Although the bats of Detroit should power them to a series win, there is something about the Sox that feels reminiscent of those championship years in 2004 and 2007.
Red Sox advance.
As for the National League, I'm calling for the Dodgers to edge out the surging Pittsburgh Pirates in the Championship Series, ultimately killing the dream in the Steel City. Hey, at least the Pirates made the playoffs for the first time in 20 years.
Start drooling now at a Dodgers and Red Sox matchup in the World Series. Channeling their magic from 2004, the Red Sox stun the Dodgers.
I can hear the roar in Beantown already.
Itís October. Goodbye, Houston Astros. Hello, good baseball.
So, I spent the last four days in New Orleans, for a bachelor party. You can imagine the pace with which our group of seven operated. Iím tired.
Tonight is the 163rd game of the regular season for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers. This sentence was written about 10 minutes before the first pitch. Thereís no way Iím going to make it through a baseball game.
But, as far as Iím concerned, tonightís single-game tiebreaker for the American Leagueís (AL) last Wild Card spot is inconsequential.
Both of these teams are on the wrong side of momentum, and neither will make it past the next one-game playoff against the Cleveland Indians.
So enough about them.
In the AL Divisional Series, Iíve got the Boston Red Sox over the Indians (regardless of Clevelandís winning streak) and the Oakland Athletics over the Detroit Tigers. I just donít believe in the AL Central.
In the National League (NL), Iíve got the Pittsburgh Pirates beating the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card Game and taking down the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Round, riding the success of their first playoffs trip since Barry Bonds was skinny and stealing bases.
Before this season, I picked the Los Angeles Dodgers to win it all. Before the All-Star break, that looked like a bone-headed pick. But, since the break at Citi Field, the Dodgers have the best record in baseball. In the Divisional Round, the Atlanta Braves will not be a problem.
The Pirates are good. But they are still the underdogs, against one of the most inflated rosters of all time The Dodgers canít be stopped.
In the AL Championship Series, the Red Sox will regain their form from the last decade, and make a run to the World Series, where they will meet and lose to a bunch of former members of their team.
This one is all LA.