Wednesday, October 1, 2008

2008 MLB Playoff Predictions

National League

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Phildelphia Phillies
The Phillies and Brewers have been pretty impressive lately, but with Sabathia having a big workload the past week he won't be throwing Game 1. I don't think the Brewers have the pitching to compete with the Phillies, with Coles Hamels able to throw game 1, the Phils are set. The Phillies offense has been pretty consistent lately and they can put runs on just about anybody. While, the Brewers have been very inconsistent in scoring runs themselves; they've been one of the top run scoring teams in the league until September. Right now they're 16th in the NL. It could all come down to the bullpen, which i give a big advantage to the Phillies. Brad Lidge is one of the most dominant closers out there, plus JC Romero and Chad Durbin can get them through the late innings.

The Pick: Phillies in 4

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs
The Dodgers could very well pull it off here. They have the pitching and offensive potential to do it. Should the Cubs pitch to Manny with runners on base? No way! The Cubs rotation is what will probably get them over the top. Carlos Zambrano and Rich Harden back to back could be too much to bare for LA. Both bullpens are pretty deep and consistent. It may all come down to who gets it done on offense.

The Pick: Cubs in 5

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs
Could be a matchup for the ages. I am really looking forward to this series (if it happens). The winner could no doubt win the World Series, this may be as wide open for an NL team in years. The Cubs have the advantage rotation wise but the Phillies bullpen may get the nod. Both offenses can put up runs as well, which means the bullpens should be a huge factor in the series. I think in the end the potent Phillies offense in Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Pat Burrell will step up and get it done for Philadelphia. I picked the Phillies to go all the way back in June and I'm sticking with my gut.

The Pick: Phillies in 7