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Seeing as it's October now and all the playoff teams are set, I figured it's time to get this started up.  Here's my playoff predictions:

 

Wild Card Games:

Yankees vs. Twins

Diamondbacks vs. Rockies

 

LDS:

Astros (in 4) vs. Red Sox

Indians (in 3) vs. Yankees

Cubs (in 5) vs. Nationals

Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers (in 5)

 

LCS:

Indians (in 6) vs. Astros

Dodgers vs. Cubs (in 5)

 

World Series:

Indians (in 7) vs. Cubs

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I honestly have no idea what to make of the Cubs.  It all depends on which version of them shows up on any given day.  They're arguably better than they were last season, which is weird to say, but defending the title?  This is unfamiliar territory.  I guess we'll just find out, and I hope along the way baseball's hatewagons will only invigorate with every Cubs win.

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Yankees over Twins

DBacks over Rockies

 

Astros over Red Sox (3-1)

Indians over Yankees (3-2)

Nationals over Cubs (3-1)

Dodgers over DBacks (3-2)

 

Astros over Indians (4-3)

Dodgers over Nationals (4-1)

 

Astros over Dodgers (4-3)

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10 hours ago, The Six said:

The Dodgers are pretty much the Golden State Warriors of MLB. There's no stopping them, and the whole postseason is simply a formality. These playoffs will be dull unless you love complete domination.

Depends on what team shows up, tbe team that looked like the 1998 Yankees or the team that looked like they couldn't beat the Bad News Bears

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Yankees over Twins

Diamondbacks over Rockies

 

Astros over Red Sox 

Indians over Yankees 

Cubs over Nationals* 

Dodgers over DBacks

 

Indians over Astros

Dodgers over Cubs

 

Indians over Dodgers

 

*I feel like this is the only one I really need to explain. The Nationals have demons and Dusty Baker who has demons and who knows how hurt Scherzer is. It's always tough to play with those things haunting your brain, especially when your opponent doesn't. The more relaxed team wins 9/10 games in the postseason. Cubs in 5. 

 

As far as the Indians, they have all the pieces from last year's run, plus they're healthy and they have Encarnacion this time. They're better than they were last year. I'd be stunned if they don't at least make it back to the World Series. 

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Just going to copy my prediction from the regular season thread. 

 

WC
Yankees vs Twins 
Diamondbacks vs Rockies 

LDS
Red Sox vs Houston - Houston in 4
Yankees vs Indians - Cleveland in 5

Cubs vs. Nationals - Cubs in 4
Diamondbacks vs Dodgers - D'Backs in 5 

LCS
Astros vs.Indians - Indians in 7
Diamondbacks vs. Cubs - D'Backs in 6 

World Series
Diamondbacks vs Indians- Indians in 5

 

I still think Arizona is a major dark horse, but after that 22 win streak It's hard to argue against Cleveland winning it all. 

 

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Wild Card:

Yankees over Twins

Diamondbacks over Rockies

 

LDS:

Astros over Red Sox

Indians over Yankees (:()

Nationals over Cubs

Diamondbacks over Dodgers

 

LCS:

Indians over Astros

Nationals over Diamondbacks

 

World Series:

Indians over Nationals

 

Pretty chalky outside of D-Backs/Dodgers. I don't like how the Dodgers have looked recently, and the D-Backs have performed surprisingly well against them this year (11-8 with a +28 run differential head-to-head).

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3 hours ago, cmm said:

You mean pure awesomeness. Go Twins!

 

My own bias aside, two teams that finished, what, six games worse than their opponent making the playoffs because they won a single isolated game at the end of the season? That would make an absolute mockery of MLB's already heavily-flawed playoff system.

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Wild Card:

 

MIN v NYY

COL v ARZ

 

NLDS:

 

CHC v WAS

COL v LAD

 

ALDS:
 

MIN v CLE

BOS v HOU

 

NLCS:

 

CHC v LAD

 

ALCS: 

 

HOU v CLE

 

WS:

 

HOU v CHC

 

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Although I would happily take a championship run from MIN, COL, HOU, and CLE.  They are all okay in my book, even if it comes at the Cubs' expense.

 

 

 

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