Friday, March 25, 2005
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs (WC)
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers
Playoffs: Cubs, Cards, Marlins and Giants. Not as strong as the AL entries to the post-season sweepstakes, but these are good teams … How do I see the playoffs unfolding? It is a risky pick, siding with the Cubs over the Marlins, but I think that they’ll avenge the ’03 NLCS and get into the ALCS. Any rotation boasting Maddux, Wood and Prior (note, I make this prediction under the assumption the Cubs Big Three are healthy come October) is going to be hard to beat in a best-of-five. As for the Cards, I see them making short work of the Giants and advancing to the 2005 NLCS as they did last year. I think the whole baseball world will hang on the outcome of the Cards-Cubs NLCS, which will be every bit the battle royale last year’s NLCS was (not that anyone fixated on the ALCS noticed). I think that the Cards are a better team than the Cubs, though a healthy rotation for the Cubs could give them the edge. Still, I see the Cards in the World Series for the first time since 1987.
Chicago over Florida, 3-1
St. Louis over San Francisco, 3-0
St. Louis over Chicago, 4-3
MVP: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
Cy Young: Tim Hudson, Braves
Rookie: Ryan Howard, whatever team the Phillies trade him to
World Series: St. Louis over Minnesota, 4-3
Rematch of the '87 series will be a good one. I give the edge to the Cards.
Monday: Season Preview, Part II: Pitching.
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