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The not-exactly-out-on-a-limb LCS predictions

Yeah, no surprises here. I'm going Phillies over Giants, and Yankees over Rangers. I'm already on record as predicting a Phillies-Yankees World Series. And while I got three of the four Division Series right, the fact it will be the Rangers facing the Yankees, instead of Rays-Yankees, in the ALCS doesn't change the way I see that series. Let's say Yankees in six, Phillies in five.

Even though we built today's LCS preview (a capsule look at the ALCS can be found here), I'm basing my picks in this round largely around offense. In both series, the starting rotations are basically equal, in my opinion, and the difference will be the depth and potency of the Yankees' and Phillies' lineups. Every game is likely to be decided by one or two big hits (well, duh), and the Yankees and Phillies simply possess more bats capable of delivering them.

Plus, as long as we're talking about starting rotations, the first-round performances of New York's Andy Pettitte and (to a lesser extent) Phil Hughes were game-changers for me, alleviating, at least to a certain degree, the Yankees' biggest concern heading into the playoffs -- their rotation behind ace CC Sabathia.

Oh, and one other prediction: A.J. Burnett is going to deliver a sterling performance in Game 4 for the Yankees. You heard it here first.

By Dave Sheinin  | October 15, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
Categories:  Giants, Phillies, Rangers, Yankees  
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Comments

Good call on Burnett. His stuff is way too magnanimous to be ineffective for long. Million dollar stuff, ten cent head. What can you do.

Your picks are pretty straight forward. Only thing I wonder about is if the Giants can win two games instead of one, the Phils will be turning their smaller rotation over quicker, and it doesn't bode well for the opposition. They'll beat Myers if he goes.

I also wonder if this last series is the beginning of the end for the Rays. Don't they have some FAs coming up? Rangers stole it literally. Amazing base running imo. It's like a hesitation move in hoops, the stop/start thing - but you're moving forward the whole time. Seems like they're too reliant on Hamilton at times, but their entire lineup has some pop. But like you say, it's all about the pitching. When are the Nats gonna get some?

Posted by: Brue | October 15, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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