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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 7

Indians vs Phillies: Week 7's prediction for the World Series

Another week gone, and the Rays have finally faltered out of the division lead. For a brief moment, the Red Sox actually led the division, but then they collapsed against the Cubs. Cleveland’s still in firm command of the AL, while Philadelphia maintains a delicate lead in the NL. The Giants have built a comfortable lead in the NL West. And the Reds are collapsing in favor of the Cardinals quite rapidly. With so much volatility in the league, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, May 23 at 8:15pm:

National League

#1 Philadelphia Phillies vs #3 St. Louis Cardinals

Philadelphia is just 4-6 in their past 10, but Halladay and Lee are still going well. The Cardinals are now 2.5 games ahead of the Reds after winning two straight, but without Wainwright, it’ll still be rather difficult for them to stand up to Philadelphia’s rotation.

#2 San Francisco Giants vs #W Florida Marlins

Just like that, the Giants are winners of five in a row to vault within a game of the NL’s top spot. Despite some early success against Tampa, the Marlins have been kind of lackluster lately. The Giants are a well-balanced machine right now, and they’ll be a tough out for anyone.

American League

#1 Cleveland Indians vs #W Tampa Bay Rays

The Indians remain a powerful dynamo that can’t be kept down for long. After going 4-6 in their last 10, Tampa is now percentage points behind the Bronx Bombers. And with an 18-4 home record, Cleveland isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

#2 New York Yankees vs #3 Texas Rangers

The Rangers are still struggling to remain above .500 and the rest of their division. The Yankees, though 5-5 in their last 10, have leapfrogged the Rays to take the division lead, and have put together a good mix of offense and defense lately. With home-field advantage this time around, things might just turn out differently.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • St. Louis has a decent shot at home-field advantage in the first round.
  • If the AL West is still close in the middle of the week, L.A. has a great chance to take it back over.

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One comment for “If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 7”

  1. What year is this blog actually posted? Looks a lot like the one posted about LAST year. If this IS posted for THIS year, why overlook the PITTSBURGH PIRATES? I say this not just as a fan of this GREAT team, but a fan of the sport. Do NOT count them out, even if everyone else says to do so. I have been a fan since 1975, and I have seen the BEST as well as the WORST from this team (particularly after last year), and KNEW they would turn things around just by the lineup in both players and coaches. This team has EARNED the respect it has fought hard for this season, and no matter what, I will stand behind the Pirates 110 PERCENT!

    Posted by markus K. | July 29, 2011, 2:16 am

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