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FanPost Friday on a Sunday - Playoff Predictions

It’s playoff time! Time to get out your armchair crystal ball!

Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox
Let’s go Sox!
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The Red Sox have clinched the AL East. The Rockies have clinched the second NL wildcard spot. The postseason field is set. As a result, we can now guess what happens from here. I say “we”, but I really mean “you”.

Below are the scheduled playoff matchups:

American League

National League

Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies
Thanks, Rockies, for finally clinching the last spot in the playoffs, so I could write this.
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell us how you think the playoffs will play out. Bonus points for creativity. There’s no prize, besides bragging rights, and my praise.

Deadline for submissions will be Tuesday, October 3rd, at 7 PM ET (an hour before the Yankees and Twins kick the playoffs off). We won’t do a Flyby right away for predictions, but all predictions will be held onto, and looked at after the playoffs end (along with pre-season predictions!) so we can all have a fun time.

If you need a handy-dandy style guide, just copy-paste this form for your FanPost (replace bolded items with your prediction, don’t leave the bolded in your submissions, please):

AL WC - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SCORE

ALDS #1 (Red Sox/Astros) - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SERIES STANDINGS

ALDS #2 (Indians/WC Winner) - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SERIES STANDINGS

ALCS - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SERIES STANDINGS

NL WC - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SCORE

NLDS #1 (Nationals/Cubs) - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SERIES STANDINGS

NLDS #2 (Dodgers/WC Winner) - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SERIES STANDINGS

NLCS - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SERIES STANDINGS

WS - ENTER TEAM NAME HERE - SERIES STANDINGS

If you have a fun story to tell about how the playoffs play out, I’d definitely enjoy a fun story, so don’t be hesitant to share your visions of grandeur, delusion, or silliness.


Since we won’t be doing a Flyby right away, I won’t get a chance to share my predictions before the playoffs begin... unless I do my predictions right now! That’s what I’m going to do!

AL WC - Yankees - 5-1

ALDS #1 (Red Sox/Astros) - Red Sox in Five

ALDS #2 (Indians/WC Winner) - Indians in Four

ALCS - Indians in Six

NL WC - Diamondbacks - 8-2

NLDS #1 (Nationals/Cubs) - Nationals in Four

NLDS #2 (Dodgers/WC Winner) - Dodgers in Five

NLCS - Nationals in Seven

WS - Indians in Five

Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians
I think the Indians win the World Series. And I think their only true threat comes in the ALCS.
Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images

I think, regardless of who makes it to the World Series in the NL, the AL Champ will be the winner of the World Series. In my mind, the NL contenders just look too beatable, and the best team in the league isn’t likely to even make the World Series (Dodgers), because that’s just how things go.

The Red Sox can really shock the world in winning the ALDS against the Astros, although I’m not exactly betting money on it. The Astros are the better team, and we are the underdog this time. With all that said, I believe that good bullpens win championships now, and the Red Sox have what is potentially the best bullpen in all of baseball, with only the Indians really having an equal right to that claim. I believe our ‘pen is better because of the depth depth and the ability to weather an extra innings disaster. However, I think the Indians will beat us in the ALCS because their overall team is just put together better this year. Not a lot can be done.

The Indians are clearly (at least to me) the best team in all of baseball, and the only teams that I think are a real threat to them are the Sox, Astros, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks. The Nationals make it to the WS in my scenario, but I don’t think they are even the second best team in the National League this year. I just think the Nationals will benefit from the extra rest (I have them finishing their DS on the 10th, whereas the Dodgers finish theirs on the 12th) and from the beating the D’Backs and Dodgers put on each other. Right place, right time, all of that.

In the World Series, the Indians put on a show, and utterly change the way relievers are used forever. They had a good first step last year, and the Cubs definitely helped the narrative, but we’ll see a team with a progressive view on relievers utterly destroy a team stuck more in the past. With the formula to build a championship team seemingly built around using your best relievers (rather than your nominal closer) proven to work, the high-end non-closers are more heavily valued and contracts for set up guys like Brad Ziegler skyrocket. Closers still get top dollar, but it’s not as relatively high of a maximum as compared to the past.

Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox
Just your typical GOAT.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

With a championship in both Boston and Cleveland, Terry Francona cements himself as one of the best managers of all time, and seals himself a plaque in Cooperstown. He was already a HoF manager, but the third World Series title makes his greatness impossible to ignore.