2009 MLB Playoff & World Series Predictions

2009 MLB Playoff Picks & World Series Predictions

4/9/09 in MLB   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

American League

East- Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay
has a significantly better roster in 2009 than in 2008. Although they traded starter Edwin Jackson to Detroit for Matt Joyce, they may have a better starting five. Highly touted rookie David Price will have his chance to start and should make the most of it. The Rays added veteran Pat Burrell who will bat as the DH. Howell, Wheeler, Balfour, and veteran Percival make for one of the strongest bullpens in the American League (I would put them behind Boston). With rising stars Evan Longoria, BJ Upton, and Carl Crawford, the Rays are definitely the team to beat even with the stacked Yankees (with a lame A-rod) and a World Series contender in the Red Sox within the same division.

Central- Detroit Tigers
The American League East is completely up for grabs in the 2009 season and no team can be ruled out. The most improved team due to off-season acquisitions is the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have improved their starting rotation, defense, and bullpen. Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and new closer Brandon Lyon will bring stability to the pitching staff. The Tigers have one of the best lineups in all of baseball with Granderson, Polanco, Cabrera, Ordonez, and Guillen. The Detroit Tigers will control the AL Central in 2009.

West- Los Angeles Angels
The American League West is a lock for the Los Angeles Angels. The Texas Rangers seem to not care about pitching, and they will be hurt once again in 2009. With a healthy Vladimir Guerrero and new addition Bobby Abreu, the Angels may be able to out hit the Rangers, even though they won't need to with the strength of their pitching staff. Even with the loss of Francisco Rodriguez, the Angels arguably have the best pitching staff in the AL West.

Wildcard- Boston Red Sox
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will have a classic battle for the Wild Card this season. Unfortunately the Yankees are bound to have an inconsistent season with A-rod out an indefinite amount of games. The Red Sox are getting back Mike Lowell who is finally recovering from injury, and have added veteran pitcher Brad Penny who will solid up the starting rotation. Boston can dominate games with pitching and hitting, and should contend with Tampa Bay the entire season for the top spot in the AL East. The Red Sox will fall behind the Rays but will beat out the Yankees for the 2009 AL Wild Card.

ALDS
Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox- Red Sox will once again win this match-up, too much pitching and experience, Boston moves on. 3-1 Boston Red Sox

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers- Although this series might not bring in the ratings, it would be a great watch. The Tampa Bay pitching staff and young talent would prevail against the Tigers powerful lineup. 3-2 Tampa Bay Rays

ALCS

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox
Although the Tampa Bay Rays have improved, I wouldn't count on them to beat the Red Sox in the ALCS two years in a row. The Red Sox are battle tested and as long as they are at full strength, should be able to beat the Rays in a 7 game series. 4-3 Red Sox, Papelbon ALCS MVP
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10/12/09   |   ahhhhhhscaryfaces

Being that i am from SoCal our dream match up would obviously be Angels over Dodgers. and it seems very likely to happen.

9/8/09   |   SusanVette   |   8607 respect

Tigers will rule the Central Division.

9/7/09   |   yanks98

Yanks lose to Cards

9/7/09   |   robby_m_35

EmMeTtRoX65000 wrote:
great picks! i can't wait for the MLB season to really get started!!!

cards are the best in nl ,  they go against yanks in world series if yanks can squeeze by the angels

4/10/09   |   zacharyscholten

Twins Over Dodgers

4/10/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Nice piece, Michael.  Lou Piniella has decided that Kevin Gregg should be the closer instead of Carlos Marmol.  Gregg  hasn't fooloed any batters so far, so I don't know how it will work out. 

4/9/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

gobigblue1960 wrote:
Thanks for showing my Motown boys some love.!!

So far both teams looking good on the Joyce for Jackson trade!

4/9/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

Thanks for showing my Motown boys some love.!!

4/9/09   |   donm454   |   20 respect

Mets will end in third place. Possibly 4th, depending on how well the Braves do.  It will be a great race, but the Phillies and Marlins are both going to the playoffs.  Who wins the division, I'd go with the Phillies, but the Marlins are def. capably of winning it.

My picks:
AL East: Rays
AL Central: Twins
AL West: Angels
Wild Card: Yankees

NL East: Phillies
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Diamondbacks
Wild Card: Marlins

ALDS:
Rays over Twins
Angels over Yankees
NLDS:
Phillies over Diamondbacks
Marlins over Cubs

ALCS:
Angels over Rays
NLCS:
Phillies over Marlins

World Series:
Phillies over Angels, 4-3

4/9/09   |   snbslugger

Chief_aka_James wrote:
which Sox?

You're a funny guy James!  Probably the Sox in my profile and that I am about 3 1/2 hours drive from their home ballpark. :)

4/9/09   |   phillydeac4life   |   20 respect

I dont understand why the media and fans think the Mets will make the Postseason when they have shown the ability to implode not once but twice at the end of the season.  Putz and KRod are not the answers to their problems, their problems are in the locker room such as Beltran and Delagdo, all they care about is a paycheck.

AL East Tampa Bay
AL Central Twins
AL West Angels
AL WC Red Soxs

NL East Phillies
NL Central Cardinals
NL West Giants
NL WC Cubs

4/9/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

snbslugger wrote:
Sox vs. Dodgers in the Series I think.

which Sox?

4/9/09   |   snbslugger

Sox vs. Dodgers in the Series I think.

4/9/09   |   Michael_G   |   37418 respect

 Umm Tigers.....? Wanna buy a bridge???

4/9/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Micheal, I could call you a homer just for picking the Tigers..but "The Detroit Tigers will control the AL Central in 2009."

You really think so?

/Twins win AL Central
//homer too.

4/9/09   |   EmMeTtRoX65000

great picks! i can't wait for the MLB season to really get started!!!

4/9/09   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

Weren't the Tigers the most improved team due to off-season acquisitions last year too?

4/9/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Chokers over Twinkies

4/9/09   |   yanksawboy   |   8 respect

 Yanks over Cubs.

4/9/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 Bluejays over Nats

4/9/09   |   Reef PIE   |   1 respect

Dodgers over Sox

4/9/09   |   Brendanc8504

I love it.

Really good picks, but I think the Mets may fall to the Cubs in a LCS. The Cubs have been out of it for far to long, and the mets will finally get over the hump of September, but ultimately I don't know if they have enough to make it to game 7 of the world series.