Full disclosure: I wrote an MLB prediction article that was ruined by the Braves' errors, a horrible “infield fly rule” call in the Braves game and the Orioles deciding to not play at their pay grade. I blame all of those things; obviously, my picks weren't bad. Obviously.
My Wild Card picks looked like Turner Field in the eighth inning. Scattered with beer bottles, boo’s, confusion and tears.
There are mulligans in the world of “foolproof/guaranteed” predictions, right? It’s not like I’m paid for accuracy, or paid at all.
But this time, I’m totally serious, and as we’ve learned from my last article, please, please, please do not put any money on these picks. Don't even use them to form your own predictions.You will definitely lose your money. If I miss a pick, I don’t need to hear it from you people.
Once again, this idea and form of the article is from the very high-quality Sports on Earth piece. Maybe you can put some money on their picks.
NLCS: Reds over Nationals.
ALCS: A’s over Yankees.
World Series: Reds over A’s.
A’s are hot. Rest of league is not. The A's have been in the playoff mode since June and are goofballs. With the degree to which I talk about the A’s, you’d think I’d have them winning. But that’d be stupid, right? Their luck has to run out at some point; though I very objectively hope it does not.
The Reds are tough to beat. Aroldis Chapman scares people who have only heard about him. Joey Votto wins with Canadian politeness. Homer Bailey pitched a no-hitter about two weeks ago. Johnny Cueto will get snubbed for the NL Cy Young Award, piled on top of getting snubbed for the All-Star game, so he’ll be pitching angry.
I will direct your attention to my previous, ridiculously mistaken “Braves winning it all” article, where I did say "This criterion [of stud pitchers and team chemistry] fits the Reds too, but the Braves just edged them out in my mind." With the Braves getting "chopped" out, it’s time for the large Red Machine to get their rings sized.
(More) Interesting Story Lines
This is probably the most up-in-the-air postseason in recent memory. Pretty much every team can win, which makes it more intriguing and fun to watch every game.
An All-AL East ALDS. Tri-State Big brother vs. Little Brother action with Yankees/O’s. East Coast Bias?
The Boston Red Sox are still not in the playoffs.
Five (More) Out-of-Left-Center-Field Predictions
The umpires will be blamed for something as egregious as today’s Infield Fly-gate. Maybe call a series-winning balk?
The word “unbelievable” will be said by announcers an unbelievably large number of times. Mostly by Joe Buck.
Aroldis Chapman will pitch a perfect game. Granted, he only pitches one inning a game. It’s still impressive.
Soon-to-be 20-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper won’t be able to celebrate with champagne so they will have bottles of Welch’s sparkling white grape juice on hand. Welch’s plans to sign him as spokesman after his World Series win.
“When you can’t drink booze but still love poppin’ some bubbly, get some Welch’s Sparkling White Grape Juice. The official celebratory beverage of Bryce Harper. That's a clown question, bro.”