Y'all know the drill. Let's get to it......NL East: Philadelphia Phillies
Cold War Kids - We Used to Vacation
Seriously, its been since 1990-something since the Phillies last made the playoffs (hey, you want research and detailed analysis, then go to ESPN.com, here you're getting 1990-something). The Phillies are used to vacationing during the month of October. But, honestly, if this afternoon was any indication then they're simply starting their vacation a week later than usual. They've got the offense to keep up with any other team in the NL, but they're currently being steamrolled by fate. The Rockies are hot, and its going to take what no team has had the past three weeks to beat the Rockies. Good luck, it should be a good series.
NL Central - Chicago Cubs
Sufjan Stevens - John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
Yes. I'm comparing the Cubbies to a mass murderer from Illinois (no offense, Bunny). I don't like the Cubs, just like I don't like mass murderers. I hope they get swept. My one comment on the Cubs is why the hell is everyone talking like their the best team in the NL all of a sudden. First off, they have the worst record and are from the worst division in the NL. Why is everyone talking like they've got a great chance to win it? From what I can tell, they've got 12.5% chance of winning it. I hate the Cubs.
NL West - Arizona Diamondbacks
Counting Crows - Children in Bloom
They're all babies!! The rightfielder isn't even old enough to drink. Only like one guy on the entire team has even played in the playoffs, EVER! But, somehow they made it here. As cliche as it is, they're a team that does just enough to win. Maybe the inexperience will come to haunt them as they make their way through the playoffs, or maybe they don't know any better to be nervous. They could win every game 10-0 or lose every game and nothing would surprise me with these guys.
NL Wild Card - Colorado Rockies
Pedro the Lion - Keep Swinging
Hands down the hottest team in baseball, and its not even close. Counting their 4-2 win over the Phillies this afternoon, they've won 15 of their last 16. That's amazing. They've got great talent, both old and young, and their pitching is coming together at just the right time. They're a fun team to root for. They've been hitting everything in sight it seems and they're my pick to make it out of the National League to represent in the World Series.
So, with that said, here are my first round predictions:
Red Sox over Angels in 3
Indians over Yankees in 5
Rockies over Phillies in 4
Diamondbacks over Cubs in 4
Hopefully I get at least one right.