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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 5

Philadelphia Phillies vs Cleveland Indians: Week 5's prediction for the World Series

Almost 20% of the season is done already, and the Red Sox still have never been to .500. The Pirates have for the first time since Blackbeard roamed the waters, so it’s embarrassing. Yet somehow, they’re only 4.0 games out of both the division and the Wildcard race. Cleveland is still somehow good, and is keeping pace with the Phillies. In fact, a couple of division leaders are actually in a bit of trouble, so what does it all mean? Let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, May 9 at 8:51pm:

National League

#1 Philadelphia Phillies vs #3 Colorado Rockies

The Phillies are 22-11, and a very tough order for any team. But the Rockies have lost four in a row, and six of seven. At this pace, Philadelphia will coast through the first round.

#2 St. Louis Cardinals vs #W Florida Marlins

The Cardinals have managed to scratch their way to 20 wins, while the Marlins are already there, and with two less losses. Both teams are doing well, but without Adam Wainwright, it’ll be quite difficult for the Redbirds to make it past Josh Johnson and the Fish.

American League

#1 Cleveland Indians vs #W Tampa Bay Rays

Anyone know how Cleveland is still 22-11? Anyone know how Tampa is 20-14 after the start they had? Tampa has won four in a row, which is noticeably better than Cleveland lately, until you realize that Tampa swept Baltimore. The Rays have done a good job of rebuilding after their team was gutted, and that ingenuity could help them out quite nicely here.

#2 New York Yankees vs #3 Los Angeles Angels

Haren and Weaver are working wonders for the Angels, while the Yankees have more impressive names overall on both sides of the ball. And I still like Bartolo Colon. New York has more overall star power, and Weaver and Haren haven’t thrown seven or eight perfect games each.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • Texas has a chance to do a lot when they host the Angels, but the Halos also face the White Sox.
  • St. Louis @ Cincinnati opens up the door for Colorado to take back home-field advantage in the first round.

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