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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2

Rockies vs Indians: Week 2's prediction for the World Series

After Week 2, plenty has been shaken up. The Rangers, while still deadly, have fallen out of favor. The Red Sox are on a winning streak, but Carl Crawford is still absolutely useless. The Rockies did quite well for themselves, rocketing up the standings. The Orioles are 6-8 after starting 6-1, and the Angels have won five in a row to match the Rangers at 10-5. Yup, plenty’s going on now, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, April 18, before the day’s games:

National League

#1 Colorado Rockies vs #W Florida Marlins

The Rockies have won eight of nine to surge to 12-3. Florida‘s hanging in there at 8-6, but Hanley Ramirez is more than offset by his counterpart Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez.

#2 Philadelphia Phillies vs #3 Cincinnati Reds

Philadelphia‘s pitching staff is out in force, featuring back-to-back complete games from Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. Cincinnati‘s pitching hasn’t been nearly as good lately, and Joey Votto can’t help Cincy against Philly’s monster staff.

American League

#1 Cleveland Indians vs #3 New York Yankees

The Indians are busy convincing the world that they won more than the Red Sox lost. They’re doing a good job of it, too. But the Yankees have won twice in a row over the previously uber-tough Ranger. Having Mariano Rivera will usually make you the favorite; C.C. Sabathia doesn’t even have a win yet. The Yankees are once more the team to beat.

#2 Los Angeles Angels vs #W Kansas City Royals

The Angels have won five in a row, and have both of the majors’ four-game winning pitchers. Kansas City is still doing well, but without Zack Greinke, they’re not exactly known for their pitching.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • Look for Kansas City and Texas to take over their divisions, with Texas getting the top spot in the AL thanks to hosting Kansas City for a series.
  • Cleveland should drop out of the playoff picture as a result of all that.

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