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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:44 am    Post subject: Early Playoff Predictions Reply with quote

I know it is kind of early to be talking about the playoffs and who will make it, but what are your playoff predictions, and how will each division look at the end of the year. Here's mine:

American League East

1. Boston Red Sox
2. New York Yankees
3. Toronto Blue Jays
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Tampa Bay Devil Rays


American League Central

1. Chicago White Sox
2. Minnesota Twins*
3. Cleveland Indians
4. Detroit Tigers
5. Kansas City Royals


American League West

1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2. Oakland Athletics
3. Texas Rangers
4. Seattle Mariners


National League East

1. Atlanta Braves
2. Washington Nationals
3. Philadelphia Phillies
4. Florida Marlins
5. New York Mets


National League Central

1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Houston Astros*
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Cincinnati Reds


National League West

1. San Diego Padres
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. San Francisco Giants
5. Colorado Rockies


* denotes Wild Card winner

American League Divisional Series

Minnesota Twins over Chicago White Sox in 5 games
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Boston Red Sox in 4 games


National League Divisional Series

St. Louis Cardinals over Houston Astros in 5 games
Atlanta Braves over San Diego Padres in 4 games


American League Championship Series

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Minnesota Twins in 6 games

National League Championship Series

St. Louis Cardinals over Atlanta Braves in 5 games

World Series

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games

World Series MVP: Francisco Rodriguez

I'm sticking with the prediction I've had all year long, the Angels over the Cardinals in 7 because of the bullpen.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sticking with what I had before the season started. However, I'm not going to list the finish by division.

American League
West: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Central: Chicago White Sox
East: New York Yankees
Wildcard: Boston Red Sox

National League
West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Central: Houston Astros
East: Atlanta Braves
Wildcard: St. Louis Cardinals

AL Playoffs
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Boston Red Sox
Winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4 games)

New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox
Winner: New York Yankees (3 games)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. New York Yankees
Winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (7 games)

NL Playoffs
Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Winner: Atlanta Braves (5 games)

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros
Winner: Los Angeles Dodgers (5 games)

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Winner: Atlanta Braves (6 games)

World Series
Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (7 games)
MVP: Vladimir Guerrero
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big7BenROY wrote:
I'm sticking with what I had before the season started. However, I'm not going to list the finish by division.

American League
West: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Central: Chicago White Sox
East: New York Yankees
Wildcard: Boston Red Sox

National League
West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Central: Houston Astros
East: Atlanta Braves
Wildcard: St. Louis Cardinals

AL Playoffs
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Boston Red Sox
Winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4 games)

New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox
Winner: New York Yankees (3 games)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. New York Yankees
Winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (7 games)

NL Playoffs
Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Winner: Atlanta Braves (5 games)

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros
Winner: Los Angeles Dodgers (5 games)

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Winner: Atlanta Braves (6 games)

World Series
Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (7 games)
MVP: Vladimir Guerrero


The Astros are going to overcome a 12 game deficit, eh?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's what I had going into Spring Training. And I figure that I might as well stick to it. If the Astros get in on the Wild Card, at least I still had them in. Same with the Yankees and Red Sox.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AL East

1. Boston Red Sox
2. Baltimore Orioles
3. New York Yankees
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Tampa Bay Devil Rays

AL Central

1. Chicago White Sox
2. Minnesota Twins
3. Cleveland Indians
4. Detroit Tigers
5. Kansas City Royals

AL West

1. Oakland Athletics
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3. Texas Rangers
4. Seattle Mariners

NL East

1. Atlanta Braves
2. Washington Nationals
3. Florida Marlins
4. New York Mets
5. Philadelphia Phillies

NL Central

1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Houston Astros
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Cincinatti Reds
6. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West

1. San Diego Padres
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Colorado Rockies


Wild Card winners underlined

Playoffs

ALDS
Chicago over Baltimore in 4
Oakland over Boston in 5

NLDS
St. Louis over San Diego in 3
Houston over Atlanta in 4

ALCS
Oakland over Chicago in 7

NLCS
St. Louis over Houston in 6

World Series
St. Louis over Oakland in 5


World Series MVP: Albert Pujols

AL MVP: Miguel Tejada
AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay

NL MVP: Derrek Lee
NL Cy Young: Roger Clemens


i'm not gonna stop believin in the O's yet. I think they acquire Burnett and Nevin, and play well enough in the final month to edge out the Yankees and Twins for the wild card. the A's won't let up in the final months either , they pass the Angels some time in the final two weeks to win the West. In the National League, everything is far more straightforward. the Division leaders all cruise, as Washington fades down the stretch. The Astros ride the arms of Pettite, Oswalt and Clemens to the playoffs.
Chicago stops Baltimore behind superb pitching from Buerhle, Garland and Garcia to reach the ALCS, while Oakland finally breaks their playoff hex by shocking Boston. The A's continue their stunning run in a seven game win over Chicago
St. Louis continues to barrel through everything in their path, sweeping San Diego before meeting Houston again in the NLCS, after the Astros slip past the Braves. The Cards take care of things in 6 games, in another superb series. Clemens again falters under pressure, denying the Astros yet again of a WS bid.
In the World Series, the fairytale A's are no match for the big bats and arms of St. Louis. Pujols and Co. rough up the rotation of Harden, Zito, Haren, and Blanton to take the championship in 5 games.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think its hard to judge at this point because most of the trades have not gone down yet. In a week, it might be easier. The trade deadline could decide who gets in as a wildcard, and maybe even a couple of divisions IMO. If Baltimore were to get Burnett, that makes them a different team than they are now. In the NL, anybody in the East who makes a significant move could put themselves ahead of the other teams.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sticking with what I had at the beginning of the season, even though it's not looking too good Crying or Very sad

AL WEST
1. Angels
2. Rangers
3. A's
4. Mariners

AL CENTRAL
1. Twins
2. White Sox
3. Tigers
4. Indians
5. Royals

AL EAST
1. Red Sox
2. Yankees
3. Orioles
4. Blue Jays
5. Devil Rays

NL WEST
1. Giants
2. Padres
3. Dodgers
4. Diamondbacks
5. Rockies

NL CENTRAL
1. Cardinals
2. Cubs
3. Astros
4. Brewers
5. Reds
6. Pirates

NL EAST
1. Marlins
2. Braves
3. Nationals
4. Phillies
5. Mets

World Series: Marlins vs Angels
Winner: Marlins in 7
World Series MVP: Carlos Delgado

Regular Season:
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez
AL Cy Young: Rich Harden
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
NL Cy Young: Jason Schmidt

A lot of these have turned out wrong, but this is what I chose at the beginning, so I'm sticking to it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AL East: New York Yankees
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: LA Angels
AL Wildcard: Minnesota Twins

NL East: Atlanta Braves
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: San Diego Padres
NL Wildcard: Florida Marlins

ALDS: NYY over Chicago, 3-1 and LA Angels over Boston, 3-2
NLDS: St. Louis over San Diego, 3-0 and Atlanta over Florida, 3-2

ALCS: NYY over LA, 4-3
NLCS: Atlanta over St. Louis, 4-2

World Series: NYY over Atlanta, 4-1
World Series MVP: Gary Sheffield
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yankees05 wrote:
AL East: New York Yankees
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: LA Angels
AL Wildcard: Minnesota Twins

NL East: Atlanta Braves
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: San Diego Padres
NL Wildcard: Florida Marlins

ALDS: NYY over Chicago, 3-1 and LA Angels over Boston, 3-2
NLDS: St. Louis over San Diego, 3-0 and Atlanta over Florida, 3-2

ALCS: NYY over LA, 4-3
NLCS: Atlanta over St. Louis, 4-2

World Series: NYY over Atlanta, 4-1
World Series MVP: Gary Sheffield


After seeing these last 3 games you're gonna say the Yankees are gonna win the World Series. Shocked Everybody thinks that the Yankees are in great shape because they are only two and a half back. What they don't realize is that the yankees played most of their easy games in the first half of the season, and didn't capitalize. In the coming weeks, Boston has TB again, and Kansas City. You have Anaheim again, Minnesota, and have yet to play the White Sox...Those losses to Milwaukee and KC might loom large right at the end of the season.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PanthersIn05 wrote:
After seeing these last 3 games you're gonna say the Yankees are gonna win the World Series. Shocked Everybody thinks that the Yankees are in great shape because they are only two and a half back. What they don't realize is that the yankees played most of their easy games in the first half of the season, and didn't capitalize. In the coming weeks, Boston has TB again, and Kansas City. You have Anaheim again, Minnesota, and have yet to play the White Sox...Those losses to Milwaukee and KC might loom large right at the end of the season.

First of all, we have only lost these 3 games by a total of 5 runs. That means a few breaks either way and we are talking about a 2-1 series. Secondly, a good team is supposed to take care of their home field. The Angels have. Thirdly, we are on a hard road trip, and have gone 3-1 in Boston, 2-1 in Texas, and 0-3 in LA. A 5-5 record on the road against potential playoff teams isn't anything to scoff at. You are right: we didn't capitalize against the easy teams, but that doesn't mean we have no chance. Everyone counted out Atlanta last year, then the went 63-27 down the stretch. Who are you to say a team full of veterans can't scrap their way to the World Series?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yankees05 wrote:
PanthersIn05 wrote:
After seeing these last 3 games you're gonna say the Yankees are gonna win the World Series. Shocked Everybody thinks that the Yankees are in great shape because they are only two and a half back. What they don't realize is that the yankees played most of their easy games in the first half of the season, and didn't capitalize. In the coming weeks, Boston has TB again, and Kansas City. You have Anaheim again, Minnesota, and have yet to play the White Sox...Those losses to Milwaukee and KC might loom large right at the end of the season.

First of all, we have only lost these 3 games by a total of 5 runs. That means a few breaks either way and we are talking about a 2-1 series. Secondly, a good team is supposed to take care of their home field. The Angels have. Thirdly, we are on a hard road trip, and have gone 3-1 in Boston, 2-1 in Texas, and 0-3 in LA. A 5-5 record on the road against potential playoff teams isn't anything to scoff at. You are right: we didn't capitalize against the easy teams, but that doesn't mean we have no chance. Everyone counted out Atlanta last year, then the went 63-27 down the stretch. Who are you to say a team full of veterans can't scrap their way to the World Series?


Fair enough. I guess it could happen if their pitching turns it around.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AL playoff teams:

1.) Los Angeles Angels
2.) Chicago WhiteSox
3.) Boston RedSox
4.) Minnesota Twins

Projected AL WildCard race:

Team-------------GB

1.) Twins---------0
2.) Yankees-----0.5
3.) Athletics-----2.5
4.) Rangers-----6.0
5.) Indians-----14.0
6.) Tigers------14.5
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NL Playoff teams:

1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Atlanta Braves
3. San Diego Padres
4. Houston Astros
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PLAYOFFS

NLDS: St. Louis over Houston, 3-1 and Atlanta over San Diego, 3-2
ALDS: Minnesota over Los AngelesA, 3-2 and RedSox over WhiteSox, 3-1

NLCS: St. Louis over Atlanta, 4-3
ALCS: RedSox over Minnesota, 4-0

World Series: St. Louis over Boston, 4-1
World Series MVP: Albert Pujols
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harrington is da man wrote:

Projected AL WildCard race:

Team-------------GB

1.) Twins---------0
2.) Yankees-----0.5
3.) Athletics-----2.5
4.) Rangers-----6.0
5.) Indians-----14.0
6.) Tigers------14.5

You realize that every team plays 162 games, right? Therefore, the chances of teams finishing .5 games back is very unlikley. The only way is a 1-game playoff and a rainout that can't be rescheduled.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AL
West: Angels
Central: White Sox
East: Yankees
Wild Card: Oakland
NL
West: Padres
Central: Cardinal
East: Braves
Wild Card: Houston

St. Louis 4 games to 2 over Angels in World Series
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