Fan Source Network Staff Roundtable: MLB League Championship Series Predictionsby Prime Time Sports Talk October 11, 2019 0 comments
The Yankees crushed the Twins while the Dodgers-Nationals, Braves-Cardinals, and Astros-Rays series all lasted five games. With the NLCS and ALCS already arriving, here’s a look at who some of our journalists are picking to advance to the World Series.
NLCS: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Andersen Pickard: Nationals in 6
The Nationals have an elite starting rotation while the Cardinals have a dominant bullpen. The two teams should have their fair share of big surges in this series, but the Nationals will play better mistake-free baseball than the Cardinals, who barely advanced despite all of the Braves’ miscues in the NLDS.
B.J. Martin: Nationals in 7
The Washington Nationals have been playing like a team of destiny this post-season. Winning the Wild Card and coming back to beat the favored Dodgers gives the Nationals almost as much momentum as the Cardinals have from beating the Braves. Both teams are coming off very emotional Division Series victories but I give the edge to Scherzer, Strasburg, Corbin, and Sanchez from Washington’s rotation in the NLCS. The line-ups are deep for both squads and these teams match-up very close. I predicted the Nationals in the World Series at the beginning of this season and I’m sticking with them now.
Ryan Potts: Cardinals in 6
Yehuda Schwartz: Cardinals in 5
ALCS: New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
Andersen: Astros in 6
If you aren’t yet sold on the Astros’ one-two punch of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole … you’re probably a Yankees fan desperately trying to figure out how you’ll win this series. The Yankees’ offense had some big firepower against the Twins, but the Astros are a flawless team. They have a perfect starting rotation, a perfect bullpen, and a perfect roster of position players. The Astros will be back in the World Series.
B.J.: Astros in 7
The Houston Astros should have a chip on their shoulder after the pesky Tampa Bay Rays put up a great fight in their five-game ALDS showdown. The three-headed monster of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Zack Greinke will need to pitch their best baseball against a powerful Yankees lineup. While very effective in their sweep of Minnesota in ALDS, the Yankees’ pitching staff will meet their match against the Astros’ great lineup and bench depth. These two lineups feature some really great hitters, so it will be exciting to see these pitching staffs fight through deep lineups.
Ryan: Astros in 7
Yehuda: Astros in 7