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An admittedly early set of predictive playoff results holds up surprisingly well in my opinion:
American League Division Series: Boston defeats Detroit, New York defeats Texas
National League Division Series: Philadelphia defeats St. Louis, San Francisco defeats Atlanta
Aside from the substitution of Milwaukee for St. Louis, the rest looks very feasible. No team that is slotted to lose really improved itself at the trade deadline, which means that the team they trot out at the end of September is more or less what thay trotted out at the All-Star break.
One outcome looking increasingly unlikely is San Francisco/Arizona/Milwaukee taking down Atlanta. Though the Braves will likely be the Wild Card, and thus have to win from the road, neither NL West team matches up at the plate or on the mound with them. Atlanta has gotten stronger as the season has progressed, Rookie of the Year front-runner Freddie Freeman has morphed into a middle of the order threat that Fredi Gonzalez didn't have in April and the team is the fourth-best in the majors on the road, with a 37-27 mark.
Look for the Braves to engage Philadelphia in an NL East grudge match for the pennant.
American League Championship Series: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
Boston defeats New York in seven games
National League Championship Series: Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia defeats San Francisco in six games
I'm very much satisfied with both the matchup and the outcome of the ALCS. The NLCS is rather more wide open, with the emergence of Milwaukee and Arizona, plus the fading of San Francisco, clouding the picture. What I was and am confident in is the strength of the Phillies, which only increased with the addition of outfielder Hunter Pence at the trade deadline.
I don't care who they play: the Phillies will have home field advantage, a quartet of aces and a bolstered lineup ready to throw at any challenger.
World Series: Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia defeats Boston in six games
Not a ton to say or argue about here. This is a matchup of two top-10 scoring offenses and top-five defenses in baseball. Stars and impact players aplenty grace both sides in the field, at the plate and on the mound. Both teams protect leads, ranking in the top-four in blown saves. Both teams have battle-tested managers who know their way around a playoff series.
In the end, Philadelphia boasts the starting pitching necessary to silence the lethal Red Sox bats. If Halladay, Lee, Hamels and Oswalt pitch to contact and rely on their top-ranked defense, they should be able to keep scores low, which works to their benefit. I like the Phillies to finish what they started, because they've been the best team all year long.
Prediction grade: Looking good, but incomplete