Prediction Central: The MLB Playoffs

Wild Card: New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers

The Yankees have strong pitchers, like Masahiro Tanaka, rookie studs, and veterans scattered amongst the lineup. First baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a leg injury and it is currently uncertain if he will be able to play. The Rangers gained left-handed ace Cole Hamels, and had a great stretch of games since September, but they aren’t consistent enough to keep it going. Texas has Prince Fielder, who has been batting above .300 for most of the season. The Yankees starters won’t be strong enough for the Rangers’ offense.

Result: Rangers 4, Yankees 1

 

ALDS: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros

The Blue Jays will enter the playoffs with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and left-handed pitcher David Price on their roster, but “Tulo’s” back and shoulder blade injuries will make his status uncertain. Tulowitzki is a player that the Jays would miss, but they have Designated Hitter Edwin Encarnacion and right fielder Jose Bautista to fill his shoes. The Astros fought their way to the playoffs using pitching, hitting, and outfielder Carlos Gomez. They have a strong offense with great pitching. Both teams have strong pitching staffs, but the Blue Jays have better offense, which will enable them to advance.

Result: Blue Jays 3, Houston 1

 

ALDS: Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers

This season the Royals dominated the AL Central. Without injuries, the Royals are one of the most dangerous foes in the MLB. First baseman Eric Hosmer, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, and third baseman Mike Moustakas, highlight an extremely well-rounded team. Their powerhouse bullen includes reliever Kelvin Herrera and newly-appointed closer Wade Davis. The Royals’ roster is a more powerful form of the Yankees’. Texas has pitching, hitting, and a solid defense, but the Royals are better in each category.

Result: Royals 3, Rangers 0

 

ALCS: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals

The Blue Jays’ pitching is no match against the Royals’. Without Tulowitzki, the Jays will have trouble hitting against the fastball hurlers. Rocking the Royals pitching staff would definitely be a stretch for the Blue Jays even with MVP candidate, Josh Donaldson in the lineup. The Blue Jays have Price, who’s their only consistent pitcher. Overall, the Royals pitchers should stall Toronto’s offense enough until their own kicks in.

Result: Royals 4, Blue Jays 2

 

Wild Card: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

The Pirates have the second best record in the league, and they have a decent pitching staff that can still get the job done. They have a solid offense, consisting of outfielder Gregory Polanco, first baseman Pedro Alvarez, and center fielder Andrew McCutchen. The Cubs have powerful hitters like first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Dexter Fowler, and rookie third baseman Kris Bryant. The have an ace pitching staff consisting of right-handers Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel and left-hander Jon Lester. The Chicago bullpen is strong enough to contain the Pirates in the late innings, too. A close game is expected, both the Pirates and Cubs win most of their games that are decided by one run, but in the case of extra innings, Cubs have more wins.

Result: Cubs 3, Pirates 2 F/11

 

NLDS: New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Mets’ rotation is composed of young players who are the equivalent of dominant veterans in the league. With third baseman, David Murphy, and other bats belonging to the likes of shortstop Wilmer Flores and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets are a force to be reckoned with. Pitching won’t be a concern for New York though their offense is more off-and-on and makes most games low scoring affairs. The Dodgers also have stellar pitching including all-star left-hander Clayton Kershaw and right-hander Zach Greinke. They also have hitters like first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielders Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson. These players produce key runs to win games.. Overall, it will be a close fight between these two, and five games might be necessary. Both teams have a strong pitching staff, so the more powerful offense will win this series. The Dodgers can utilize their hitting more than the Mets, which should help them win this series.

Result: Dodgers 3, Mets 2

 

NDLS: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cubs will come off a tough game against the Pirates and if they can edge it out against Pittsburgh, it will be super tough for them to beat the “Cards.” St. Louis has great pitching and a great offense to compliment their rotation. They managed to have the best record in the MLB even without star pitcher, Adam Wainwright. However, injuries aren’t really a problem for the Cardinals. They continuously makes the playoffs year after year, the MLB practically reserved them a spot, and winning this series against the Cubs wouldn’t be a stretch for St. Louis. At the end of the day, the Cardinals are powerful force and the Cubs may not have enough fire power to advance.

Result: Cardinals 3, Cubs 0

 

NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The Dodgers’ pitching is dangerous for any team, and it should be no different for the Cardinals. St. Louis have their own aces to pitch against Los Angeles, but former MVP Clayton Kershaw, Cy Young Candidate, Zach Grenkie, and Hyu-Jin Ryu have the powers to defeat the best team in baseball. Though it will be tough task, there is no doubt that it’s completely possible. Kershaw has been known to choke in playoff games, but if he can pitch like a star, then the Dodgers can win the Pennant.

Result: Dodgers 4, Cardinals 2

 

World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals

The Dodgers’ defeat the Cardinals will be a big deal, and beating the Royals should be less of a fight. Kansas City has a pitching staff that is inferior to the Dodgers and that, in the long run, will be a problem. Good offense plays good offense, which means a great series. The Royals will enter their second World Series in a row, but the Dodgers have the capability to prevent them from winning the title.

Result: Dodgers 4, Royals 1