2013 MLB Playoff Predictions: ALCS + NLCS Matchups

The Red Sox went from 69 Wins in 2012 - to World Series favorite in one year.  The 'Beantowners' have assembled a playoff tested crew to arm them in their quest to make it to the World Series for the 1st time in 6 years.  Will the Red Sox take out the Tigers and go for the team of the decade, with a 3rd World Series Bid (out of the last 10 years) in 2013?

The Red Sox went from 69 Wins in 2012 – to World Series favorite in one year. The ‘Beantowners’ have assembled a playoff tested crew to arm them in their quest to make it to the World Series for the 1st time in 6 years. Will the Red Sox take out the Tigers and go for the team of the decade, with a 3rd World Series Bid (out of the last 10 years) in 2013?

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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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.

Thanks to a nice odd of Justin Verlander -107 @ Sonny Gray (-103), I nailed the game last for a nice little profit.

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

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The Dodgers went through a cataclysmic change last year - halfway through the campaign, when the new ownership took over.  They took on tonnes of Salary (have a payroll in the $230 MIL range this year) - and saw it pay off with a 2nd half historical rally, Don Mattingly gambled in Game #4 of the LDS - by sending out his Starting Pitcher Assassin (Kershaw).  The move buried the Braves, and also freed up LA to use he and Greinke 4 times in the 1st 6 Games of the NLDS.  I am picking them to win the NLCS and make their 1st appearance in the World Series in 24 Years.

The Dodgers went through a cataclysmic change last year – halfway through the campaign, when the new ownership took over. They took on tonnes of Salary (have a payroll in the $230 MIL range this year) – and saw it pay off with a 2nd half historical rally, Don Mattingly gambled in Game #4 of the LDS – by sending out his Starting Pitcher Assassin (Kershaw). The move buried the Braves, and also freed up LA to use he and Greinke 4 times in the 1st 6 Games of the NLDS. I am picking them to win the NLCS and make their 1st appearance in the World Series in 24 Years.

NLCS

Los Angeles Dodgers @ St. Louis Cardinals

MLB Reports Picks Dodgers in 6

The reason I like the Dodgers so much is because of Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw pitching in 4 of the 1st 6 games, while Adam Wainwright wont see action until Game #3, and possibly a Game #7.

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.

ALCS

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.

Boston eliminating Tampa Bay in 4 games kept Jon Lester available for Game #1 of the ALCS – while Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer appeared in 4 games total for their 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 only way I see the Tigers winning this series – is if Fielder crushes the ball, Cabrera is his normal self, and you get super human efforts from Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter.

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.

Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and Josh Beckett all came over to the LA Dodgers in a trade with Boston in August of 2012 in exchange for salary relief and no pivotal players on the Red Sox 2013 Post Season Roster.  It is my contention, that these two teams will meet in the World Series.  Both clubs are favored to win their respective Series in the LCS Matchups.  What a great East/West Coast World Series that would be.

Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and Josh Beckett all came over to the LA Dodgers in a trade with Boston in August of 2012 in exchange for salary relief and no pivotal players on the Red Sox 2013 Post Season Roster. It is my contention, that these two teams will meet in the World Series. Both clubs are favored to win their respective Series in the LCS Matchups. What a great East/West Coast World Series that would be.

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***Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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