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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 24

Phillies vs Yankees: Week 24's prediction for the World Series

We’re almost a week away from October, and that means it’s almost time for the playoffs to finally begin. Just the Phillies and Tigers have locked up spots so far (by way of a division title), but the largest elimination number remaining for a division is seven, and the Yankees shouldn’t have too much trouble with that. In fact, the AL East is the only division that can still be won by three different teams. Teams on the outside are hanging by a thread, but that’ll just make them fight harder than ever, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, September 19, before the day’s games:

National League

#1 Philadelphia Phillies vs #3 Arizona Diamondbacks

The Phillies‘ recent record is a bit deceiving; their Big Three in the rotation is putting up championship numbers. Arizona still has to deal with holding off the Giants’ eight-game win streak and isn’t in a position to do anything about Philadelphia.

#2 Milwaukee Brewers vs #W Atlanta Braves

Milwaukee is dangerous at home, and they recently swept Cincinnati on the road. Atlanta recently had some trouble with the Mets, and they really can’t hope to do much against Greinke and Gallardo in Milwaukee.

American League

#1 New York Yankees vs #3 Texas Rangers

Texas is 7-3 in its last 10; New York is 4-6. Texas has plenty of offense, and while New York has a good bullpen, there are questions about whether or not the starters can get to that point. If they can’t, and especially if C.C. Sabathia can’t put together two gems, then Texas will walk away with the series (again).

#2 Detroit Tigers vs #W Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have been on a very large slide at the very worst time of the season. With the bullpen getting taxed and the starters and defense slipping (and the offense banged up and not what it should be), Detroit has a big advantage.

Final Standings Predictions

American League
Rank Team
#1 New York Yankees
#2 Detroit Tigers
#3 Texas Rangers
#W Boston Red Sox
National League
Rank Team
#1 Philadelphia Phillies
#2 Milwaukee Brewers
#3 Arizona Diamondbacks
#W Atlanta Braves

Playoffs Predictions

Divisional Round
Rangers def. Yankees Tigers def. Red Sox Phillies def. D-Backs Brewers def. Braves
LCS Round
Tigers def. Rangers Phillies def. Brewers
World Series
Phillies def. Tigers

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