Disastrous playoff predictions.

I had: Twins, Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals.

Reality: A’s, Tigers, Mets and, well, Cardinals.

Maybe I can continue my run of luck and pick everything the rest of the way wrong. Without further ado, my picks (again) for the next two rounds of the playoffs.

A’s and Tigers: Really, is anyone looking forward to seeing either of these two teams in the World Series? Anyone, that is, beside Mr. Bourgeoise? I’m not. Especially after watching Detroit celebrate their win outside the clubhouse for, oh, 30 minutes. Kenny Rogers standing on top of the clubhouse spraying champagne was a bit much, I think, for winning the chance to win the American League. How are they going to outdo that if they win it all? They’re not. They’ve peaked. And consequently, they’re done. I recant everything I’ve said about Frank Thomas: A’s in 5.

Mets and Cardinals: You know who MLB is pulling for. An Oakland-St. Louis World Series would have plenty of nostalgia, but a smaller audience. Pedro’s out, making the series far less interesting than before. My only question is whether Carlos Beltran will blow up on the Cardinals the way he did with Houston. That might make things interesting. Mets in 6.

Mets-A’s. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but why not? The Mets run ends when Frank Thomas homers 10 times in 5 games, ensuring the Oakland victory. A’s in 5.

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  1. Are you serious? The Tigers have the best pitching staff in the playoffs. Did you see the slider Bonderman was throwing? Of course not, because it’s that good. (But he really should grow some hair.) The Oakland pitching consists of Zito and, well, Zito.

    The Tigers have also been hitting well. But my pessimism dies hard (growing up near Detroit, you get used to the Tigers giving up huge leads late in the game; it could also be their proximity to the Lions that’s making me dubious–This week’s insult: “That’ll work well, about as well as the Lions’ rushing game”). I’m sure Polanco will separate his shoulder (again) and Rogers will go from his best performance to his absolute worst. But Tigers will win in six if only by Leyland’s sheer willpower.

    If the Cardinals win the NLCS then it’ll be an old-school matchup with the Tigers, Detroit and St. Louis both being good baseball towns; of course the ratings will plummet if this happens.

    As for the champagne spraying: Does anyone really watch postgame shows? Sober?


  2. Burglar,

    I’ve defied Frank Thomas once by claiming he would tank–if the Minnesota guns failed to shut him down, I’m quite sure Detroit’s won’t. Good God, they beat Johan Santana at home! That hasn’t happened since Clinton was President–figuratively speaking, of course. My Twins paid because I picked against the A’s. I won’t make the same mistake twice!


  3. You are absolutely right. The A’s will definitely win now.


  4. Please tell me you’re picking the Cardinals to win the Series.


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