Alfred Morris is is for a big day if the Wshington Redskins get him the ball (IMAGE BY FRANKIE_821 ) Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 13 David Ortiz will gladly welcome his two newest teammates to Boston, as will the rest of Red Sox Nation. (@davidortiz) David Ortiz Welcomes $200M Teammates Sandoval and Ramirez to Red Sox on Twitter 14 years to the day of Brady's debut losing to the Lions 34-9, the Patriots turn the tables with a 34-9 victory of their own. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Notes and Observations Week 12: Patriots Continue Stretch of Dominance, Defeat Lions 34-9 Donte Clark, Jabari Hinds (Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe) Minutemen Bounce Back with Win over Florida State

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 19

Phillies vs Red Sox: Week 19's prediction for the World Series

Only a month and a half remain in the season, and the races are starting to thin out. The Phillies are pretty well-entrenched in their lead, and the other divisions usually have been whittled down to two contending teams, though the AL Central is a tad more crowded than that. Boston and the Yankees are separated by just half a game; it’s only fitting for baseball’s grandest rivalry. Many teams are getting ready for dogfights down the stretch, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, August 15, before the day’s games:

National League

#1 Philadelphia Phillies vs #3 Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona has actually won six in a row and has been one of the big surprises this year. However, Philadelphia‘s been on a tear lately, too, expanding their division lead to nine games. Philly’s bats and arms should be overwhelming for an Arizona team trying to rebuild.

#2 Milwaukee Brewers vs #W Atlanta Braves

Atlanta dropped two in a row to the Cubs, while Milwaukee has won nine of their last ten. The Brewers are getting hits and good pitching, while Atlanta hasn’t gotten to the same level Milwaukee has. Dan Uggla’s hitting streak ended, and Atlanta doesn’t have double aces or double closers in their staff.

American League

#1 Boston Red Sox vs #3 Detroit Tigers

The Red Sox have dropped two in a row in Seattle and are winning their division outright only because New York was rained out, but they do hold the tiebreaker over New York from winning the season series. As long as Boston doesn’t give up that one big inning and gets big innings on the offensive front, they’ll beat Detroit without too much trouble.

#2 Texas Rangers vs #W New York Yankees

The Yankees have been doing very well lately, but they still have plenty of questions in their starting rotation. Texas has stable pitching, and like the Yankees, could always back up the rotation’s off days with their destructive offense. The trouble is that New York has been having plenty more off days.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • With those pesky Rays bothering Boston, look for the Yankees to take over the AL from Boston.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Discussion

No comments for “If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 19”

Post a comment