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.
| October 15, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
Categories: Giants, Phillies, Rangers, Yankees
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