Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Your Weekly Pennant Race Showdown Predictions

-- with all due respect to Awful Announcing

Today we're looking into the big Pennant Race matchups in MLB. Some of these series may already be in progress.

A quick outlook:

Dodgers vs Padres: Tough pitching matchup for all three games. I'm going to go with LA to take 2 of 3 despite some empirical statistical advantages for pitchers on the SD rotation.

Marlins vs Giants: I think this is a series split. The Marlins can't close games. The Giants can't get hits in weird spots (or at best, they're very streaky). We saw a sample of it last night when Ricky Nolasco (of all people) shut down the G-Men.

Red Sox vs Angels: Surprisingly, I think the Red Sox will win this one. The Angels have fallen on hard times, and Haren's minor setback last night isn't a great sign. Boston has won game one, so we'll see what happens from here on.

Phillies vs Diamondbacks: Phils on a win streak. D'backs basically quit on their season. Just by default, I'm going to guess the depleted Phils overtake the Diamondbacks' dreadful club.

Cardinals vs Mets: I think the Mets have this series. While they had a terrible road trip, remember, the Mets are equally as good at home. Mets get 2 of 3.

Braves vs Nats: A better series than you might expect. I'll call for the upset on the strength of Strasburg's start. Nats take the series.

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