Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Brief baseball predictions

(Yeah, I gave up on the whole song-lyrics-as-post-titles thing. So what?)

It's that most wonderful time of the year again, with football season coming into full bloom and baseball season entering its heyday. Of course, the Redskins seem to have absorbed large amounts of suck this year, the Braves missed out on the postseason for the third year in a row, and the Rays' occasional signs of life this year were too frequently interrupted by profound mediocrity. But hey, beggars can't be choosers right?

So, even though historically my MLB playoff predictions are ridiculously, horrendously wrong, I offer the following because, well, why not?

Tonight's One-Game Playoff:
Tigers defeat Twins. (Okay, this is mainly wishful thinking on my part, largely due to 18-year-old grudges. More likely, this victory will go to the Twins, having baseball's greatest home-field advantage in the Metrodome. Either way, as we'll see very shortly, it's a don't-care.)

Yankees defeat Twins/Tigers, 3-0. (I mean, seriously. C'mon!)
Angels defeat Red Sox, 3-2.

Rockies defeat Phillies, 3-1. (Again, wishful thinking, but Rockies are hot and Phils are not.)
Cardinals defeat Dodgers, 3-0. (Pujols >> Manny.)

Angels defeat Yankees, 4-2. (Going way out on a limb here.)

Cardinals defeat Rockies, 4-3. (This should be a good series.)

World Series:
Angels defeat Cardinals, 4-2.

Now, let's tune in and see how amazingly bad these predictions turn out to be.

"It's not a miracle we needed
No I wouldn't let you think so"
- Phoenix, 1901

(This is the song that was playing as I completed this post. 1901 is also the year of the first World Series. How cool is that?)


Blogger Matthew B. Novak said...

Do you really want to pick against the Twins after all they've done? I know it's the obvious and smart call, but doesn't something in your gut feel like this could be magic?

October 07, 2009 1:20 AM  
Blogger Matthew B. Novak said...

Also, I managed to pick 5 of the 8 playoff teams in my 2009 preseason picks.


I missed on Cubs, Mets & Indians. Arguably the three most disappointing teams this year.

October 07, 2009 2:31 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Matt, as we've discussed many a time, I want to pick against the Twins until they publicly condemn Kent Hrbek for his actions in Game 2 of the 1991 World Series (although I harbor a grudging respect to them for sticking by their own).

Anyway, the Twins have done a lot to help themselves, but let's face it, the Tigers have done more to hurt themselves. You can call it magic; I choose to call it the worst division in baseball.

But given my track record, you of all people should be immensely happy that I'm picking against the Twinkies.

October 07, 2009 9:15 AM  
Blogger Matthew B. Novak said...

Worst division in baseball? Are you crazy? There's still the NL. That means there's still 3 divisions worse than the AL Central.

Also, who cares about the Kent Herbek out? That didn't decide the series. Putting Liebrandt in against Puckett in game 6 decided the series. Cox made a huge mistake there.

October 07, 2009 2:00 PM  
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