After two games, all sets of DS series are 2-0 in one team’s favor:
Indians over the Yankees, 2-0
Red Sox over the Angels, 2-0
Diamondbacks over the Cubs, 2-0
Rockies over the Phillies, 2-0
Suprising, yes. I wonder how many times has this happened in playoff history?
I expected the Phillies and Rockies to split and go and eventually go down to a game 5. Not so. The same Phillies bullpen that aided in their season ending streak that put them on top of the NL East flat out flopped in the first two games. The Phillies offense isn’t doing too much either. I expected much more out of their offense. The Rockies have a great makeup as a team and I think they’re going to nail down a sweep today in Denver.
I also expected the Yankees to be up 2-0 instead of down 0-2. With Wang and Pettite, I seriously thought they would have the series under control. Pettite got the job done, but it’s hard to win on a single run in a playoff game no matter how good you pitch. Wang was just rocketed by the Indians, though. The Indians are proving themselves to be serious and the whole “lack of experience” argument is hardly standing now after the Yankees were all but declared the winner before the series started. Regardless, the Yankees could have at least gotten a split in Cleveland.
I’m not really surprised about the Cubs and Diamondbacks. There are four other teams in baseball (Padres, Tigers, Mets, Mariners) with more wins than the Cubs who are at home this October. That’s not to negate anything the Cubs have done this year, but the Central was a very weak division and they are just not rising to the occasion against an outstanding Arizona ball club. People can blame Lou for taking out Big Z too early, but the fact of the matter is, the Cubs just aren’t as good as the Diamondbacks.
Not surprised by the Red Sox, either. Josh Beckett is becoming a post-season master and Dice-K pitched well. The Angels have a great pitching staff, but not as good as the Red Sox and that’s basically been the series. The Angels just can’t do much against that pitching staff in Boston and you can’t win against that Boston lineup if you can’t put up the runs.
Of course, these predictions don’t mean much with 2 games in each series already played, but this is how things will probably pan out:
ALCS: Red Sox vs. Indians
NLCS: Rockies vs. Diamondbacks
If the Rockies complete a sweep, it will be tough for Arizona to quell their momentum after all they’ve done in the final two weeks of the season and in this first week of the post-season. The Red Sox will match up well against the Indians, so it could really come down to a final game, but I’d like to see the Indians on top.
WS: Rockies vs. Indians
That would be a great World Series…