2011 MLB Playoffs: ALCS and NLCS Preview

In Sports on October 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm

by:  Eric Buenning


The field has been cut down to four.  That means it’s preview time.

Well, much to my surprise, this doesn’t involve the Red Sox or Yankees.  It doesn’t even involve the Orioles.  How crazy is that???  Anyways, we have the Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers.  It’s Texas’ offense vs…..well, whatever Detroit exactly has.  I can’t really put my finger on it, to be honest.  The Tigers are just….kind of sneaky, I guess.  However, I just don’t believe they have enough consistency to beat the Rangers.  Texas has had this experience as recent as last year, and I think they have more firepower than Detroit.

Verlander will be his dominant self, but that won’t stop the Rangers from winning this series in six games.  I admit, I probably am not giving enough credit to Detroit (I mean, they did just beat the Yankees), I just am really high on the Rangers’ chances again this season.  The Rangers will advance to the World Series, champs of the American League.

Alright, the NLCS will be between division rivals.  The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals do not like each other.  If you’ve watched any of their games this season, you should be getting a little bit excited about what could spill over in this series.  Whether it be batter-hitting wars, Tony La Russa being a bitch (sorry, personal bias), or just competitive intra-divisional series, this will be must-watch television for any baseball fan.

The Milwaukee Brewers will win the series in 7 games because of the home-field advantage.  If we can learn anything from the divisional series, it’s that the Brewers’ are a totally different team away from Miller Park.  Even if they are able to snag a road game, I believe they will drop one at Miller Park due to mental exhaustion from thinking about how they just won a game on the road (technically, not a real reason..but I’d like to think that there would be a reason for the Brewers losing a game at home).  I think the Crew will be encouraged by their supporting cast on offense and will get better performances from their secondary starters in this series, thus punching their first ticket to the World Series since 1982.

Well, that’s it.  Let’s see how this plays out.


(quick note/shoutout/diss:  Congrats to the Minnesota Lynx for winning the WNBA Championship.  Way to represent Minnesota sports.  That is not a compliment.)


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