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2008 Postseason Predictions

2008 Postseason Predictions

On Saturday evening, the Chicago Cubs’ postseason struggles continued as the Los Angeles Dodgers done the 3-match sweep with a 3-1 gain at Dodger Stadium. This would make it 101 several years due to the fact the Cubs have received a World Series. The North aspect has not found the Cubs compete in a single October Traditional since 1945. My deepest sympathies go out to all of the Cubs enthusiasts all over the entire world. As they say in Chi-city, “Hold out till following yr.”

Following 12 months will absolutely have to go superior than this one if the Cubbies have any hope, at least as much as October is concerned. Saturday’s loss marked the ninth straight postseason decline for the Cubs, who were also swept in a few game titles by Arizona all through their NLDS overall look last calendar year. The Cubs also grew to become the first workforce because the 2001 Astros to end with the most effective file in their league and be swept in their initial playoff collection.

Curse or no curse, the Cubs just performed horribly. They were outscored by the Dodgers 20-6, an embarrassing statistic for a single of the Countrywide League’s most multipurpose offenses.

The surprise of the Cubs remaining swept displays that just about just about anything can transpire in baseball, specially in Oct. It is really way far too difficult to inform who is heading to occur out on best these times. Just choose a search at the many Wild Card groups that have won the Earth Sequence from each individual league above the previous pair of many years. That selection is staggering. With that reported, it has inspired me to make my own postseason predictions this 12 months.

Both equally ALDS sequence and a single NLDS sequence are yet to be finished. The ALCS, NLCS, and Entire world Series will get area in the coming months through this thirty day period. Below are my predictions on what is remaining to be played:

ALDS, Pink Sox/Angels: Boston sales opportunities this collection 2-. Recreation three usually takes spot tonight at Fenway Park. John Saunders (17-7) will face off versus Josh Beckett (12-10). Beckett has endured from accidents all season very long and he can make his postseason return to the mound tonight. Beckett was 4- in Oct in 2007 and his postseason starts off above the previous 8 yrs, with the Marlins and now the Purple Sox, have gained him the honor of being called the best postseason pitcher of this millennium. Be expecting Beckett to make his return to glory tonight as his arm will have the Crimson Sox previous the Angels and into their 5th ALCS physical appearance in the previous 10 a long time.

ALDS, White Sox/Rays: Tampa Bay qualified prospects this collection 2- with video game a few using place tonight in Chicago. Matt Garza squares off versus John Danks. Garza has been exceptional for the Rays all period very long and Danks has been mediocre at finest towards the Rays in ’08. Rookie sensation Evan Longoria has been the big difference maker in the very first two video games of this sequence. Don’t count on that to be any distinctive in activity a few. The Rays lineup comes at you 1-9 and never lets up. Longoria is batting .571 with 2 household runs and 3 RBI’s so much this October. Longoria and the relaxation of the Rays juggernaut offense will be much too considerably for the White Sox pitching team tonight. The Rays get the sweep and make their first ALCS appearance ever.

NLDS, Brewers/Phillies: Philadelphia leads this sequence 2-1. The Brewers salvaged a win on Saturday night, but will deal with Joe Blanton, a midseason acquisition from Oakland, on Sunday. Blanton has not lived up to the expectations of Phillies admirers, and anticipate him to struggle against Milwaukee. Blanton does not match up well against Brewer hitters this sort of as the large man and slugger, Prince Fielder. Nevertheless, a highly effective Phillies offense will nevertheless be as well a lot for the Brew-Crew to match. Hope this series to be over tonight, Phillies in 4. The bats of 1B Ryan Howard and 2B Chase Utley will carry the Fightin’ Phills.

ALCS, Purple Sox/Rays: The essential to this sequence is household-discipline advantage, which the Rays have. The Rays have been superb at home, with a successful share about .750 in the frequent season. The Purple Sox could not acquire a win at Tropicana Area in ’08, and the greater part of games in this collection are scheduled to be played in Tampa Bay. The Rays struggled relatively at Fenway for the duration of the normal year, but were equipped to get there more typically than the Purple Sox have been able to in Tampa Bay. I assume this series to go the full 7 game titles. The house team will, in all likelihood, earn every single time. We saw some excellent battles in between the Sox and the Rays this year and that is why this collection will convert into one particular of the ideal 7-recreation playoff series America has found in more than a 10 years. My prediction: Rays in 7.

NLCS, Dodgers/Phillies: This collection will be dominated by offensive prowess. The Dodgers have been a distinct workforce since the July 31st acquisition of Manny Ramirez. Ramirez has transformed the lifestyle out in L.A. and has turned the Dodgers’ offense into one particular of the most successful in the N.L. The only offense that compares to the Dodgers is, yes, the Phillies. Just about every and just about every activity will be a slugfest. Pitching will make a large variation in this series, even although most pitchers who get the mound will be having pounded. The Phillies have the edge right here with names like Cole Hamels starting off game titles and Brad Lidge closing them out. My prediction: Phillies in 6.

Environment Sequence, Phillies/Rays: 5 of the previous 10 Planet Sequence have been sweeps. I you should not expect that trend to be any distinct. The Rays have a person of the number of pitching staffs that is capable of shutting down the Phillies offense. Philadelphia pitching is not very good adequate to tranquil the Rays’ bats. Let us just confront it, the American League is considerably more robust proper now than their counterpart Countrywide League. This one is quick to get in touch with. The Rays turned only the next team (Atlanta Braves) to complete a time in lifeless last and then adhere to up the incredibly next calendar year in first spot. The Braves ended up not capable to pull out their Entire world Series in ’91, but I do imagine the Rays are a better crew than these Braves and, also, they will be dealing with a considerably weaker staff than the ’91 Braves experienced to experience. Everyone wants to see a Cinderella tale have a satisfied ending, myself provided. The Rays are much too very good a team for the Phillies to defeat on four various instances above 7 video games. The A.L. won the All-Star recreation, meaning the Rays have home-industry benefit. Let me remind you after once more how fantastic Tampa Bay has been at residence this yr. My prediction: Rays in an effortless 4.

Although these predictions come from several hours of investigate into every single staff, hundreds of typical year video games that I have seen and attended this time, and my broad information of the video game of baseball (the biggest sport regarded to gentleman), you will nevertheless seem at these predictions when the postseason and Oct are all about with and get insight into how fantastic a recreation baseball is and, also, as to how everything can occur in sports.

The match of baseball implies a terrific deal to The usa. Afterall, it is our countrywide pastime. The recreation has a excellent deal to do with how this region has grown and prospered. The video game and it really is players have instilled goals into the heads of children and grownups alike. The legends of the sport, legends who will be permanently immortalized, show what it genuinely implies to be American. Baseball is 100% American and it will permanently be the conventional by which we as Us citizens dwell and die.

Enable me depart you with this remaining thought: Key League Baseball is the only business enterprise in American record in which the federal government constituted an exception for in relation to the Sherman Anti-Trust (monopoly) guidelines. The NFL, NBA, and NHL all experienced to make lodging to not violate the infamous guidelines. To the match of baseball, the procedures by some means did not apply.