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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 8

Giants vs Tigers: Week 8's prediction for the World Series

The season’s second month is just about over. Josh Beckett threw the season’s first no-hitter. Boston has lost 10 straight. Toronto has taken advantage. Detroit and Oakland are struggling. Atlanta and Milwaukee are looking to hold on. The Wildcards are still in flux. It’s a fun time as we head into June, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, May 26 before the day’s games:

National League

#1 San Francisco Giants

With four straight wins, the Giants have widened their NL lead to 2.5 games and divisional lead to 5.0 games. Their pitching and defense has been doing very well, while their offense has given them plenty of support. With both of those trends, the Giants will be quite difficult to crack.

#2 Milwaukee Brewers vs #3 Atlanta Braves

The Brewers have hit 30 wins, but it’s been a tough week-and-a-half getting there. The Braves have won six of their last eight, and are just a game away from Milwaukee. This is a close contest, but Milwaukee has had some trouble lately putting together winning streaks; winning one game at a time won’t cut it in the playoffs.

#W1 St Louis Cardinals vs #W2 Colorado Rockies

Like the Brewers, the Rockies have been largely going back and forth between wins and losses. A sudden death Wildcard game is the only time you can win one game at a time, but the Cardinals haven’t had any trouble winning lately, going 9-2 in their last 11. Michael Cuddyer is back in the fold and doing quite well for Colorado, but that hasn’t put a winning streak together for them. St Louis is a powerful team and perfectly capable of moving on.

American League

#1 Detroit Tigers

The Tigers haven’t been having a good time lately, and while it hasn’t threatened their division lead, their in a tight race for the top of the AL, currently ahead by just percentage points. Obviously, the Tigers have more than enough ability to win it all, but they’re not using that ability to its full potential right now.

#2 Oakland Athletics vs #3 Toronto Blue Jays

Having won six straight and nine of 10, the Blue Jays have jumped right ahead in the AL East. The Athletics have lost four straight, including a three-game sweep in Toronto. With the way momentum is swinging for all involved, Toronto could be considered an AL favorite at this point in time.

#W1 Los Angeles Angels vs #W2 New York Yankees

The Angels are steadily making their way up the standings, while Toronto has caused New York to drop into a Wildcard slot. The Angels have also won every series since May 5-7 against the Yankees, after which New York went on an interesting Interleague stretch. With Josh Hamilton to return for Anaheim shortly and CC Sabathia out at least another month plus, things are going the Angel’s way, especially if New York’s best pitcher is unhealthy for a sudden death game.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • Oakland hosts four games against Detroit to take over the AL, but would then have to get past the Angels. In a tough contest, it’s not impossible for Toronto (vs TB, vs KC) to surge ahead.
  • If the Orioles can pick off a game or two in Milwaukee, look for them to supplant the Yankees for the last Wildcard.

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