Here we go… another year of picking the World Series winner. This is of course an act of mass lunacy. Remember all the people picking the Nationals last year? NOBODY was picking Giants and Royals in 2014.
My preseason picks were pretty dreadful. However my World Series winner pick, the Cardinals, are still alive and well.
Last year I picked the Orioles to beat St. Louis. The year before, I picked the Cardinals over Oakland.
Cardinals fans must hate me because I keep picking their team and they keep falling short. (In 2011, I picked the Phillies and the Cardinals won it.)
So these are not necessarily the results I WANT! I would love to see the Mets and the Pirates meet in the NLCS. And I really don’t want to see the Royals in the World Series again.
These are the picks that I think WILL happen. And naturally they won’t.
So before the games get started in a few hours, here are my official post season picks:
AL WILD CARD:
HOUSTON ASTROS def. NEW YORK YANKEES
NL WILD CARD:
CHICAGO CUBS def. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AL DIVISION SERIES
KANSAS CITY ROYALS def. HOUSTON ASTROS, 3 games to 1
TORONTO BLUE JAYS def. TEXAS RANGERS, 3 games to 2
NL DIVISION SERIES
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS def. CHICAGO CUBS, 3 games to 2
NEW YORK METS def. LOS ANGELES DODGERS, 3 games to 1
AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
TORONTO BLUE JAYS def. KANSAS CITY ROYALS, 4 games to 0
NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
NEW YORK METS def. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, 4 games to 3
TORONTO BLUE JAYS def. NEW YORK METS, 4 games to 1
So there you have it. I am picking the Mets to win a game in LA and to have Don Mattingly blow another playoff series. I think a Cubs and Cardinals series will bring more heartbreak to Wrigleyville. I think the Cardinals and the Mets will have a showdown that will go down to the wire. This time, a Mets player might swing at a Wainwright pitch.
I think the Rangers will give the Blue Jays the hardest time while Kansas City makes it back to back ALCS appearances but won’t be able to hold off the Toronto attack.
And while the Mets will play it tough and give New York their first pennant of the decade, the Blue Jays are just too strong.
So if you like to bet, fly to Vegas and put all your money down for a Yankees and Pirates World Series. It is how my picks usually go!