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Postseason Predictions
Posted by Peter Schoenke at 10/2/2006 12:31:00 PM
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Considering 3 of 5 ESPN Baseball Tonight analysts picked the Yankees to win (and most picked the Mets), I'm surprised the ESPN baseball analysts in general pick the Twins to win (7 votes) over the Yankees (5 votes).

ESPN Experts' Picks

I think the postseason is as wide open as it's been in recent memory. If there were decent odds against a Mets-Yanks Subway series, I'd take it. The Mets without Pedro Martinez don't seem to be much of a favorite and may be equal to the Dodgers and Padres. I like the Padres given how hot they were down the stretch and that they have an easier matchup with home field in the first round.

I think the Yankees are vulnerable because of their pitching, especially if Randy Johnson has any kind of a setback. But the first round should be a cakewalk with the way Detroit has been playing. The winner of the A's-Twins may be your World Series winner because good pitching usually beats good hitting in the playoffs. Both could beat the Yankees. I'd go:

Twins over A's
Yankees over Tigers

Padres over Cardinals
Mets over Dodgers

Twins over Yankees
Padres over Mets

Twins over Padres.

A nightmare series for TV ratings. Your take?


El Duque pitched poor, ok, and good in three starts against the Dodgers this year and he's your game 1 starter. I think the Mets are vulnerable, but then again, I'm a Dodgers fan. I would much rather face the Mets in a 5-game series than face Chris Carpenter (despite the weak finish) twice in a short series.

Personally, I'd go this way:

Twins over A's in 5
Yankees over Tigers in 4

Padres over Cardinals in 6
Dodgers over Mets in 7

Yankees over Twins in 7
Dodgers over Padres in 7

Dodgers over Yankees in 6 :-)
Posted by vtadave at 10/2/2006 12:50:00 PM
I'll be rooting for the small market teams.
Twins-Padres would be great in that vein.
Posted by flutiefan at 10/2/2006 1:52:00 PM
I think I've seen a pretty good consensus on Yanks-Tigers, and Cards-Padres, but not so much on the other two series. The Dodgers-Mets is especially tough. I think the A's bullpen issues might come back to haunt them. I'll say:

Yanks in 4
Twins in 5
Padres in 4
Dodgers in 5
Posted by Erickson at 10/2/2006 3:07:00 PM
I'm interested in hearing Thornbury's take saying the A's would get ran over and swept no matter who they played. I'm guessing he's changed his mind by now on that ridiculous theory.

Twins in 5
Yanks in 4
Cards in 5
Mets in 5

Twins over Yanks in 7
Mets over Cards in 6

Twins beat Mets in 7 to take it all.

Twins win 3rd WS title in 20 years. Morneau for MVP. Santana for Cy Young. Nathan wins Rolaids Relief. Mauer wins the batting title to sweep the awards.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/3/2006 2:20:00 AM
I want to see Twins over Padres. I think the winner of the Yanks-Twins takes it all (and that will be a great series). Officially, I'll say Yankees over Padres (sigh). If the Cards win a series, I'll be surprised, if the Tigers win a series, I'll be stunned.

Posted by spianow at 10/3/2006 9:46:00 AM
1. Damon
2. Jeter
3. Abreu
4. Sheffield
5. Giambi
6. A-Rod
7. Matsui
8. Posada
9. Cano

Enough said!
Posted by nayfel at 10/3/2006 11:47:00 AM
Hey schwang2u, I'll stand by what I said. The Twins fumbled Game 1 away as much as the A's won it, on the basepaths, in the field and at the plate.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 10/3/2006 11:35:00 PM
Hey Thorn, The Twins fumbled Game 2 away also, the same exact ways as in Game 1. Oakland doesn't deserve any credit and it's all the damn Mariners fault. They tend to play the Yankees pretty tough also, so if both advance, I guarantee there won't be a ramsacking there either.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/4/2006 3:45:00 PM
Hey, congrats, you've seen the error of your ways. Welcome.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 10/5/2006 4:05:00 PM
The only thing I've seen is a pile of excuses as to why the A's shouldn't be where they are. Come tomorrow afternoon I'm sure you'll think of a few more.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/5/2006 11:08:00 PM

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