- Yanks over Twins in 4 -- Maybe the Twins squeak one out at home on emotion, but they just don't have enough and the Yankees have had their number all year.
- Angels over Red Sox in 5 -- I don't buy the Boston pitching. It's pretty shaky after Beckett and Lester and even Beckett got rocked in his last start after being scratched from the previous one with back spasms. I'll take the home-field in this one.
- Phillies over Rockies in 5 -- Shorter if Lee and Hamels can pitch the way they are capable of pitching. Rollins and Utley have gone ice cold, which does not bode well, but Howard has been on fire and he's one of the very few players in baseball that can carry a team single-handedly.
- Cardinals over Dodgers in 5 -- Should be a great series. How do you pick against Carpenter and Wainwright?
- I'll take the Phillies over the Cardinals -- the Cardinals pitching is not very deep after the big two, while Philadelphia can throw out Happ and Blanton -- and the Angels over the Yankees -- ok, I have a bit of bias here, but the Angels have had the Yankees' number for years.
- Give me the Phillies to repeat. It's a big if that their pitching will come together, but you know the talent is there and they're the only NL team with an offense capable of hanging with an AL team.
Who you got?
On a side note, in watching the big last 24 hours in the Homerdome, I pondered the following question: Which city has the best one-two punch of superstar athletes? My immediate thought is Minneapolis with Mauer and Adrian Peterson. What city is better? Some contenders:
- Boston: Tom Brady and Paul Pierce
- New York: Derek Jeter (or David Wright) and Darrelle Revis (I think Revis gets the nod here over Eli)
- Washington: Alex Ovechkin and Gilbert Arenas
- Miami: Dwyane Wade and Hanley Ramirez (or Ronnie Brown)
- San Francisco: Tim Lincecum and Patrick Willis (or Frank Gore)
- Phoenix: Steve Nash and Larry Fitzgerald
- New Orleans: Drew Brees and Chris Paul
- Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby and Troy Polamalu
- Baltimore: Adam Jones (or Nick Markakis or Matt Wieters) and Joe Flacco
- Milwaukee: Ryan Braun and Michael Redd
I'm sure there a bunch of others. Miami and New Orleans are pretty strong. What do you think?