Thankfully, I have already bested last year’s dismal record at picking playoff games.  Whereas my only correct selection came in the first round last year, this year I chose two teams correctly!

That said, to the picks for round two:

Red Sox-Indians:  The Tribe’s fans think their time has finally come.  They defeated the mighty Yankees in four games, and did so in convincing fashion.  They’re a young, have solid starting pitching and apparently have a great middle relief core.  But the thought that C.C. Sabathia is going to best Josh Beckett on this sort of stage is, well, overly optimistic.  Beckett has emerged as one of the dominant playoff pitchers of our time.  As has Curt Schilling, who the Tribe will see in Game three.  What’s more, the BoSox offense has started to wake up, especially Manny Ramirez.

Prediction:  Red Sox in 5.

Diamondbacks-Rockies:  These were, needless to say, not the two teams I expected to see fighting for the NL crown a few weeks ago.  I was hoping the Cubs or the Cardinals or even the Mets would be here to make things interesting.  That said, like the rest of the country, I know next to nothing about the Diamondbacks–I don’t think I could name three players beyond Brandon Webb on their roster if I had to.  But I do know that the Rockies have won a whole lot recently, and showed no signs of slowing down in the playoffs.  Webb probably won’t be enough to stop the Rockie juggernaut (did I ever think I would put those two words together?  No.).

Prediction:  Rockies in 6.

Check in again when this round is over for World Series picks.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

One Comment

  1. Congrats on doubling your record high of 1 – and in the first round no less! :)

    I was excited to see you pick the Yankees, knowing that there’s no way they could overcome the Matt-curse.

    This round, however, I’m actually with you. The Red Sox just looked so unstoppable against the Angels. I do think it might go 7 though (and I hope so too, I love exciting series) because the Tribe is going to have their top 2 starters lined up anyway, and they are no slouches themselves. The Rockies are just plain on fire, and as you said earlier they peaked at exactly the right time. From 4th place (2nd to last!) to the second round of the playoffs in the span of little over a month. Very impressive.


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