The USA Today sports-writing spin-off, Sports on Earth, came out with a list of contributors’ picks for the MLB Playoffs. Sports on Earth is like Grantland, without the self-righteousness, or Bill Simmons.
There are many prediction articles written on B/R, but none of them have as little research or expertise as this one.
So without further ado, here are my totally foolproof, money in the bank predictions; using the template of Sports on Earth’s much better piece.
Put who you think will win the World Series in the comment section.
This article was poorly written. Mainly because I got the Wild Card's wrong. Yeah, it's a cop out, got a problem with it? Here's the one that is super accurate...
ALCS: A’s over Yankees.
NLCS: Braves over Reds.
World Series: Braves over A’s.
Why? Because I said so? The A’s are the hottest team in baseball and everyone should root for them. The Braves are fun too, it’s too bad no one ever talks about them.
What wins in postseason baseball is four things: Two to three ace starting pitchers that can go on three days rest, a great closer and a dumb group of players that has an us-against-the-world mentality.
The A’s and the Braves have those elements, with quality, easygoing managers and great chemistry. This criterion fits the Reds too, but the Braves just edged them out in my mind. Medlen is a freakish 9-0 with a .97 ERA, as a starter. Any way they could pitch him every game?
Medlen, Mike Minor, Tim Hudson, Craig Kimbrel and Chipper Jones win it for the Braves.
Interesting Story Lines
The A’s are 29th in the MLB in payroll. They’ve been playing playoff baseball since June when they were down 13 games. They start five rookies, have a team of players you’ve never heard of and they just win, baby. I have no affiliation with the A’s, but in a totally objective way I hope they win the World Series and make Moneyball 2: It Actually Worked.
Chipper Jones playing in his last season. Can he be John Elway? Tony LaRussa? Michael Strahan? Jerome Bettis? Win a title and say goodbye? It’d be a great story.
Five Out-of-Right-Field Predictions
Aroldis Chapman is a bad dude and will throw 105 mph. Again.
If the A’s make the World Series, and God forbid win it, Bud Selig will put a postseason ban on them as punishment for the massively low television ratings.
Oakland A’s outfielder Josh "The People's Champ" Reddick will continue being awesome and will be able to walk down a street in San Francisco and be recognized as Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick instead of people saying, “I feel like I’ve seen your face before...Are you in a band?”
The A’s will start at least one rookie pitcher.
I’m totally wrong and the Yankees will beat the Nationals to win their umpteenth World Series title.