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First-round predictions... even though they're late

Sorry I'm late with my picks. I've been in route to the O.C.

Phillies d. Brewers (four games)

I like the top of the Phillies rotation a lot better than I do the Brewers', especially now that Ben Sheets is out. Only if Manager Dale Sveum announces time that CC Sabathia will start every game for the Brewers would I reconsider.

Cubs d. Dodgers (three games)
The Cubbies survived in what became a super competitive division. The Dodgers? Not so much. I think here's where we see just how putrid the National League West was. Manny has been awesome in Blue, no doubt. Still, it's hard not to worry about that offense.

Rays d. White Sox (four games)
I love the top of Tampa's rotation, so they are the pick in a short series. Of all the teams I saw this year, they were the most impressive. For all the guff they take about their offense, they've proven all season long that they are capable of getting the timely hit.

Angels d. Red Sox (five games)

I'm leaning toward picking the Angels simply because they don't have the injury issues that the Red Sox have. Indeed, unlike last year, LA is at full strength. But I'm wary of any team that hasn't played a meaningful game for awhile.

By Marc Carig  |  October 1, 2008; 4:04 PM ET
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Both Drew and Lowell scheduled to be in the line up. Let's see how they hold up.

Your point about the Rays offense is wise. They are not hackers East, despite Maddon's pedigree. More homers than the Red Sox and Angels, 2d best OBP, Bartlett solidifies the infield defense, and good base runners, not just Crawford and Upton. I've lost faith in Kazmir, though, and am not convinced about Wheeler / Percival at the back of the bullpen.

Oh, and a great picture of Adam Kilgore on the Globe's website (Extra bases blog has their 4 Red Sox writers). Hairdo like Dustin Pedroia.

Posted by: PTBNL | October 1, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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