Koji Uehara makes his case for the most dominant closer in the game behind a strong ALCS MVP Performance. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The World Series is set, and its the Red Sox and Cardinals in a rematch of 2004. Both sides made it there with six-game home victories, and both sides had a pitcher named MVP. Michael Wacha of the Cardinals beat Clayton Kershaw twice, while Boston’s Koji Uehara played a part in all four Boston victories (three saves and a win).

As a result of all that, our standings have gotten tighter, and it’s still anyone’s game. With everyone picking the Red Sox, the Cardinals had a lot to do with that, but Uehara helped plenty as well.

So check below for the results of the LCS round, and come back Wednesday evening for the World Series Picks. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: League Championship Series Results »

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Boston silenced Tampa's winning ways, but now have to deal with a meaty Detroit lineup and killer staff. (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/)

The League Championship Series are about to begin. It’s a pair of #1 vs #3 matches, with Boston taking on Detroit and the Cardinals against the Dodgers. All four teams are loaded from top to bottom, which will make for an exciting final four to say the least.

A rebuilt Boston squad is the favored team among our experts, while the jury is out on the Cardinals/Dodgers winner. If the Sox do advance, they’ll either have a rematch from 2004 (their first title in 86 years) or face a Dodgers squad with plenty of familiar (and perhaps not-so-welcome) faces.

As before, picking the winner of a series is worth two points, and guessing how many games the series will last is worth one point. In addition, with MVPs being included in each series, guessing the MVP of each series is worth one point as well.

So with that in mind, check below for the complete pick set. And be sure to come back once the World Series is set for the results. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: League Championship Series »

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Detroit won a decisive Game 5 to advance, but must now face a tough Boston squad after travelling cross country. (http://wallpapers.stillmaza.com/)

The Divisional Round is over, with a pair of late Game 5s making things interesting. St Louis and Detroit were taken to the limit before finally emerging victorious, while Boston and the Dodgers had an easier time of things. That leaves the four-game winners with a little extra time to rest up before the League Championship Series start almost immediately.

As for the Pick ‘Em, we’re starting to see a little room develop in the scoring, but two big rounds still remain, so it’s still anyone’s game.

So check below for the results so far, and check back shortly for the LCS picks. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round Results »

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Pittsburgh is back in the postseason; can their enthusiasm and momentum carry them past a Cardinals squad that knows how to win? (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/)

Now that the Wildcard round is over, the Divisional round is immediately underway. Both Wildcard winners face divisional foes, with those #1 teams (Boston and St Louis) having tied for MLB’s best record. St Louis has kept their winning culture post-Pujols, while Boston has both one of the deadliest and most patient offenses in baseball. Elsewhere, Oakland and Detroit will have a rematch from last season’s Divisional round, while Atlanta faces a tough test in a Dodgers squad that has new ownership that spent an absolutely massive sum to bring in multiple superstars.

After a brief set of Wildcard picks, our experts believe the luck of both Wildcard winners will run out. Los Angeles is also a favored opponent against an Atlanta squad that squandered away the #1 seed in the waning moments of the regular season. The best series by far looks to be Oakland and Detroit; no matter what, the panel expects it to go five games.

In this round, picking the winner of a series is worth two points as usual, and guessing how many games the series will last is worth one point.

So with that in mind, check below to see how everyone thinks this round will go. And be sure to come back once the LCSs are set for the results. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round »

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Tampa won two elimination games to get to the final eight, but now they have to deal with a patient and dangerous Red Sox squad. (getahugetank.com)

The wildcard elimination games are complete, and the best-of-five divisional round series are right on their heels. Perhaps no team is on a bigger roll than the Rays right now, winning two sudden death games in three days (at Texas and at Cleveland) to earn the right to face the Red Sox. Tampa’s stellar pitching carried them right through to this round, while Johnny Cueto simply couldn’t stand up to the pressure of a raucous Pittsburgh crowd.

Overall, our panel saw much of this coming. Tampa and Pittsburgh each got a majority of the selections, giving some a slight edge going to into the divisional round picks. Speaking of which, check back shortly for the next set of picks, and check below for the Wildcard results. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round Results »

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The Rays and Rangers battled each other in a Wildcard tiebreaker. Can Terry Francona and Cleveland take advantage? (http://media.wfaa.com/)

The extensive MLB season is finally complete. By winning a tiebreaker elimination game, the Rays now get to play in a Wildcard elimination against an Indians squad that won its last 10 games in the regular season. At least the Rays get to avoid Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitched Sunday to secure the Indians’ spot.

Instead, the Rays are slated to face Danny Salazar, a rookie with 10 career starts. He’s done pretty well, but that isn’t enough to get the Indians many votes. Similarly, the Pirates, making their first postseason appearance in some time, get most of the nods against divisional rival Cincinnati. Certainly, the Pirates are excited to be relevant this late in year once again.

For these sudden death wildcard games, picking the winner correctly is worth two points. So check below to see how everyone thinks they will go, and come back once the games are complete for the results and the Divisional Round selections. Continue reading 2013 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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2013 MLB Expert Picks Results

October 1, 2013 at 8:08pm in Featured, MLB, Now!, Opinion, Red Sox
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The MLB season is over, and the final ten teams have been decided. A tiebreaker game kicked Texas out of the equation in favor of Tampa. The Red Sox soared to the top of the standings. The Dodgers won their division, but didn’t run away with things they way some may have thought. Toronto’s blockbuster trade did almost nothing for them except drive up salary. And the Pirates finally did something with themselves.

The Nationals and Angels were each projected to do well, but missed the playoffs entirely. The Reds, a projected division winner, also limited the points of many of our experts by relegating themselves to the second wildcard spot. Indeed, this was a particularly tough year to predict.

So who emerged from the dust with the win amongst our panel? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013 MLB Playoffs Pick ‘Em is … Continue reading 2013 MLB Expert Picks Results »

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