Thursday, April 5, 2012

Preview: MLB Playoffs


by richmin3000 and Curtis Warrington

today, curt and i preview the national league east division.
check out our preview of the american league east, here.
check out our preview of the american league central, here.
check out our preview of the american league west, here.
check out our preview of the national league east, here.
check out our preview of the national league central, here.
check out our preview of the national league west, here.

PLAYOFFS


Curt

Rich

AL East

New York Yankees

New York Yankees

AL Central

Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers

AL West

Los Angeles Angels

Texas Rangers

AL WC 1

Boston Red Sox

Los Angeles Angels

AL WC 2

Texas Rangers

Tampa Bay Rays




NL East

Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals

NL Central

Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers

NL West

San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants

NL WC 1

Washington Nationals

Philadelphia Phillies

NL WC 2

Cincinnati Reds

Miami Marlins




AL Pennant

Los Angeles Angels

Tampa Bay Rays

NL Pennant

Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals




World Champions

Los Angeles Angels

Tampa Bay Rays


Curt Says
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American League: Red Sox too worn out fighting for the last playoff spot, rotation in shamble and end up starting Aaron Cook vs. Yu Darvish in a one game playoff. Tigers undone by their defense. Yankees limp to the finish and get zero'ed by Weaver/Wilson/Haren. In the 2nd round the Angels edge the Rangers in a 7 game series. Nolan Ryan spills a beer on GW.

National League: The Nats win the 1 game playoff as Stephen Strasburg goes 8 1/3 and strikes out 14. The rest of their rotation is too worn down to carry them against the Giants. The Phillies sweep the Brewers and in the championship game, the Phillies top 3 pitchers are just too damn good. The Giants match them pitch for pitch for the pennant but cant squeak enough runs to get by.

World Series: Pujols takes over. Optimistic anti-steroid freaks start making the Pujols/Bonds comparisons. Lost amid the shuffle is that Weaver/Wilson/Haren is every bit as good as Halladay/Lee/Hamels.


Rich Says:
American League: curt says strasburg goes 8 1/3 with 14 k's. well, i'll go one better... matt moore goes a complete game with 15 k's against cj wilson who proves he was overpaid. in a short series, the rays outpitch the rangers with alex cobb now the shut down reliever price and moore have been late in seasons past. the yankees beat the tigers because they are better. the rays again outpitch the yankees with 2 dominant lefties in price and moore.

National League: the phillies and marlins are fighting to win the division late in the season in order to avoid the 1-game playoff but fail to overcome the nationals. the phillies go with cole hamels while the marlins go with josh johnson, who is sporting a 2.20 era for the season. with no utley and a underperforming ryan howard, the phillies are sent packing. the brewers defeat the marlins especially with johnson not going until game 4. the nationals have too much firepower with harper, zimmerman, morse and even anthony rendon to go along with 4 good pitchers and defeat the giants in 6. the brewers put up a better fight, going 7 in the nlcs before strasburg pushes through a game 7, going way beyond his 160 innings limit for 2012 - he's up to 185 at this point.

World Series: the two best pitching prospects in the last several years, stephen strasburg and matt moore are scheduled to pitch against each other in game 3. the nationals pitching is good but can't match up to the rotation of james shields, david price, matt moore and jeremy hellickson, all sporting sub 3.5 eras. the rays win in 6, forcing rays gm (and former wall street executive) andrew friedman to demand that matt damon play him in a movie version of jonah keri's book, "the extra 2%".


*Curt was a guest on Episode 11 of the No Hyperbole Allowed podcast with Rich and Colin, which you can listen to here.

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