Its about that time again. October has come and that means the MLB postseason has returned. There a are few suprises in the playoff picture with the Cincinatti Reds coming out of nowhere to take the NL Central division away from the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers winning the AL West. Other than that, it seems like the normal playoff caliber teams are in. Here is the playoff outlook for both leagues and my predictions for each contest. I will only be predicting the AL/NL Division Series, then go from there once all of the matchups are done.
Texas Rangers (90-72) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (96-66)
Rays in 4
The Rangers' pitching staff is too thin with only Cliff Lee as a clear cut star on the staff. I see the Rays having difficulty early in the series but they will come out on top. The Rays pitching is too good against Rangers lineup, especially with a hurt Josh Hamilton.
New York Yankees (95-67) vs. (94-68)
Yankees in 5
This is a tough series to predict. The Twins come in as the hotter time, winning the most games in the league since the All Star Break. The Yankee lineup, however, is essentially an All Star game lineup. They have so many powerful bats that its hard to find a weak point, not to mention their superb pitching staff of CC Sabathia, Andy Pettite and Phil Hughes.
Cincinatti Reds (91-71) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (96-64)
Reds in 5
A difficult decision, and a bold prediction, I know. The Phillies are again the team to beat in the NL with their pitching staff of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt. But the reason I pick the Reds is because I had a first hand look of what the Reds can do. I am a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, so I would often watch the Reds as well during the summer. The offense that their team had was unbelievable, and I believe that will be what defeats the Phillies in the end. This is a tough choice, but I really do want to see if the Reds can win it all. This is a dumb prediction, so you can make fun of me if and when the Reds lose this contest.
Atlanta Braves (91-71) vs. San Francisco Gaints (92-70)
Giants in 5
The Giants will win this won with their solid pitching staff of Tim Lincecum and their offense mad up of Buster Posey and Aubrey Huff. The Braves' pitching staff won't be able to contain the Giants. This should be a hard fought contest, but I have full confidence the Giants will edge this one out.