2013 MLB Playoff Predictions: ALCS + NLCS Matchups
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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After nailing the National League straight on in picks for the LDS Round, I failed in either of my upset predictions of Tampa Bay or Oakland to advance.
I am not displeased though, I won money on the Rays losing the series (that came from a bet for them to win the World Series in June that paid +2000 or so, I bet the Red Sox to win the Series as a hedge.
Heading into last nights game, I could have still gone 3 – 1 for the Series prediction if Oakland could come up with a win.
Really the A’s failing to wrap up Game #4 was the big blow.
I never bet one dime on the other series in the NLCS.
So I went 2 – 2 in the Round, but plus some nice cash for my effort. Including the playoff game and Wild Card game, I am now 4 – 3 this Post Season.
The Red Sox win the LDS vs the Tampa Bay Rays
Los Angeles Dodgers @ St. Louis Cardinals
MLB Reports Picks Dodgers in 6
The ‘Zombie Cardinals’ added another 2 elimination games won against the Pirates. These guys will never back out of the fight until the series is over.
Having Hanley Ramirez club the ball the way he did was a pivotal key in the 1st Round Series.
It wasn’t just him, their entire lineup blazed up the Braves pitching. While I think they are going to be in big trouble for Game #3, I think the club will be up 2 – 0 by that point.
You can be sure I will throw down some cash for the Cardinals to mount a comeback – (just in case), because these guys are harder to kill off the non-blowout candles.
The offenses matchup pretty well against each other. Honestly how can the Cardinals not having Allen Craig not affect them in the series at some point?
I truly respect the hell out of St. Louis.
They are the best franchise in the Major Leagues, and have held NL dominance for the last 13 years (appearing in 8 NLCS during that time frame), but just like last year’s NLCS, they can’t keep pulling out “Hoodini Acts.”
What other franchises could have so many injuries to Starting Pitchers, Bullpen help and position players, and fill the gap with countless amounts of young players from within the organization?
Yasiel Puig will be counted on to club the ball again for the Dodgers. It will also be incumbent on the other offensive players pitching in like: Mark Ellis, Post Season hero Juan Uribe, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.
Injuries may also play a factor.
In the end, I am sticking with my Preseason pick to represent the National League.
Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox
MLB Reports Pick: Boston in 6 Games
This series verdict will be determined by the Tigers inability to wrap up the Athletics series.
Miguel Cabrera not being 100% can’t be that good either.
Prince Fielder is now 14 – 70 (.200 BA)for the Tigers in his Post Season Career, spanning 18 Games Played – with just 1 HR and 3 RBI). The big guy has a 3 Slash Line of .197/.288/.640 overall between the Brewers and Tigers.
Fielder is not earning the cash that the Tigers doled out for him, and if this team can’t make it past the Red Sox, and he struggles in the process, the finger should begin pointing his way for his play thus far.
Boston has money players like David Ortiz (.938 Career OPS in Post Season with 14 HRs and 50 RBI in 257 AB), Dustin Pedroia (.766 OPS in PS – with 5 HRs and 23 RBI in 132 AB), Jacoby Ellsbury (.310/.358/.795 3 Slash Line in 26 Career Playoff Games – with 9 SB and 19 Runs Scored), Mike Napoli (.799 OPS in PS Career, with 5 HRs and 20 RBI in just 105 AB) and Shane Victorino (.280/.357/.801 – with 6 HRs and 33 RBI in 189 Career Playoff AB).
This is the reason to fear these guys. They are so stacked with veteran leadership.
The Bullpen advantage is also in Boston’s favor.
Just because the Tigers have made it to the ALCS 3 years in a row, doesn’t mean anything in this series.
As a Yankees fan, I would love to be wrong on this one, however you have to go with Boston.
If Boston and LA do meet up in the 2013 World Series, then it will provide so many storylines across the board.
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Posted on October 11, 2013, in Playoffs, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2013 ALCS, 2013 ALDS, 2013 MLB playoffs, 2013 NLCS, 2013 NLDS, @MLBreports on twitter, adam wainwright, adrian gonzalez, allen craig, austin jackson, boston red sox, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, clayton kershaw, david ortiz, detroit tigers, don matttingly, dustin pedroia, jacoby ellsbury, jon lester, justin verlander, los angeles dodgers, mark ellis, max scherzer, miguel cabrera, mike napoli, MLB Playoff Predictions 2013 ALCS, MLB Playoff Predictions 2013 NLCS, oakland athletics, prince fielder, shane victorino, sonny gray, st louis cardinals, tampa bay rays, Torii Hunter, yasiel puig, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.