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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 25

Phillies vs Rays: Week 25's prediction for the World Series

There’s just one week left in the season. One week. The Twins, Rangers, and Phillies have all punched their post-season tickets, and it’s all but a certainty that the Yankees, Rays, and Reds will be joining them. The Padres are just 1.0 game behind the Giants for the division, and half a game behind the Braves for the Wild Card. We could easily see another playoff game this year, or even two. We’re all excited, especially since the Red Sox are technically still alive. With all the exciting action going on now and in the next week, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30pm:

National League

#1 Philadelphia Phillies vs #3 Cincinnati Reds

Philly is now the best team in the majors, and Doc Halladay is firing on all cylinders. The Reds will need their own stellar pitching, and for Joey Votto to come through at all times in order to have a semblance of a chance.

#2 San Francisco Giants vs #W Atlanta Braves

Atlanta has a horrendous road record (35-46), and they don’t have Tim Lincecum. Faced with the Freak’s two potential home starts, Atlanta is in a similar situation to the Reds.

American League

#1 Tampa Bay Rays vs #3 Texas Rangers

Getting shut out, at home, by Baltimore? Tampa will need to do better than that. And they need to forget about the attitude of their fans, or what’s left of them, and play. Still, I like Tampa’s chances given Cliff Lee’s disappointing Ranger career, and the fact that Lee will be pitching in Tampa.

#2 Minnesota Twins vs #W New York Yankees

The Bronx Bombers’ excess talent seems to have left with George Steinbrenner. The Yankees have had Minnesota’s number as of late, but their pitching has been doing poorly. With their new ballpark, this could be Minnesota’s breakout year.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • The Padres visit the Giants to close out the season. It’ll be safer in Kabul than San Fran.
  • That could open the door for the Reds to move up a spot depending on whether or not both of those two keep themselves down enough.
  • Atlanta closes out the season at home against the Phillies at home. Despite their home record (53-23), the Phillies could knock the Braves out of the playoff scenario.

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