October 3, 2005

Offplays

Posted in Baseball at 7:55 pm by antonello

The 8 teams have been settled.  While the weekend promised a weekend of scintillating playoff possibilities, the final results were the least satisfying.  I suppose the possibility of Sox / Yanks rematch looms large, but I for one am unsure I could handle the agita.  Quick predictions

Sox v Sox

In the battle of Hose, the Red have to edge the Pale.  While the Chisox have downright effective defense and a damn good starting staff, the patient offense of the Red Sox will win out.  Of particular interest is which Schilling comes to play, though I was fascinated to see in Nate Silver’s article on Baseball Prospectus that Schilling’s BABIP for the season was .383. That says to me that Schilling may yet return to form for the run, which, I think, would be just what the Red Sox need to move onto the ALCS.  Boston in 4

Yanks vs Angels

This is not the match-up I was hoping for as a Yankee fan.  The Angels have played the Yankees well this year.  That said, the Yankees of the last month have been an entirely different team. For NYY, this series comes down to whether the Yankees offense can create enough runs to keep pressure off their pitchers and deliver leads to Gordon and Rivera.  The Angels have a very competent staff, but other than Guerrero, not much which strikes the Fear.  Yanks in 5 with a very tight game 5, with some starter coming in for relief . 

Cardinals v Padres

Cardinals in 4.  Peavy pitches one helluva game, but the Friars don’t have enough to give the Cardinals much of a fight.  Carpenter is ineffective leading questions about whether the Cardinals will be able to handle the NLCS.

 

Braves v Astros

Houston in 4.  Houston’s pitching will overwhelm a young Braves team.   Ensberg explodes for a big series, Killer B’s are quiet.

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