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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 9

Dodgers vs Rangers: Week 9's prediction for the World Series

We’re now a week into June, and there’s plenty to talk about. The NL Wildcard race has really been shaken up. Texas is having a tough time staying on top. Even the Yankees are starting to turn things around. And there’s potential for even more significant changes very soon, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, June 7 at 2:00pm:

National League

#1 Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have now won three in a row, even with Matt Kemp out until the All-Star break. They’ll have plenty of time to figure out a plan for the team without him, and if they can keep up their winning ways, they’ll be tough to beat.

#2 Washington Nationals vs #3 Cincinnati Reds

The Nationals are trying to go on a winning streak, having taken advantage of the Mets. The Reds are trying to hold off a recent climb from Pittsburgh, of all teams, being 1-1 in their current series so far. With Washington still 18-9 at home, and plenty of youthful energy, they should be able to pull through.

#W1 San Francisco Giants vs #W2 Atlanta Braves

The Giants have done very well for themselves lately, going 8-2 in their last 10. The Braves have kicked their losing ways with three straight wins on the road, including an 11-0 drubbing of Miami. With Atlanta better on the road, they’ll make it interesting, but when it’s close, the home team has the edge.

American League

#1 Texas Rangers

Roy Oswalt went two scoreless innings in the Minors for Texas, including getting out of a bases-loaded-no-outs jam against the Albuquerque Isotopes. With Texas still struggling to put together quality games, they’ll need Oswalt to keep it up to give them a boost.

#2 Baltimore Orioles vs #3 Chicago White Sox

Chicago has cooled off with two straight losses, while the Orioles remain on top of the division thanks to putting Boston back in their place. Both teams are noticeably better on the road, which favors Chicago immensely. And before taking care of Boston, Baltimore was losing a lot, so they’ll still have a very tough time holding off Chicago.

#W1 New York Yankees vs #W2 Tampa Bay Rays

The Yankees have won three in a row, and all of a sudden are half a game behind Baltimore. The Rays have lost two in a row (at Yankee Stadium), and have been struggling a fair amount lately. Being surpassed by New York and with a losing road record, Tampa will have a difficult time moving past the Wildcard playoff.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • With the Orioles’ easy schedule (even for them), look for them to surpass Texas for the AL’s #1.
  • With the Braves having some tough games, look for Miami to take over their spot.

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