Welcome sports fans to another MLB Playoff Preview. The stakes have been raised as all four teams are vying for the chance to play in the World Series.
NLCS (National League Championship Series): Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: the Phillies lead the series 1-0 in this year’s rematch of last year’s NLCS. The Phillies repeat campaign is a tour de force, utilizing every weapon on their roster. Even closer Brad Lidge is starting to get his confidence back after leading the league in blown saves. Yet, both teams are evenly matched. They both play 6-inning ball, meaning they have bullpens that can allow their starters to go six innings (just in case the starters don’t have their A-game). The Dodgers are looking for revenge, but the Phillies are still as determined as ever to become champions again. Los Angeles has a team that is shaky but powerful. They have a good mix of veterans an youth that should ignore a Game 1 loss setback. Prediction: Dodgers in 6
ALCS (American League Championship Series): Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. New York Yankees: this is the battle of the two best teams in the majors. PERIOD! It’s the #1 seed versus the #2 seed; it’s the two best teams competing for the opportunity to play in the World Series. Both are evenly matched: power, speed, pitching, you name it, they’ve got it. This battle will be smash-mouth style with a chess match between Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Yankees manager Joe Girardi. The difference will be the relief pitching. The Yankees have the guns to succeed, but they are on the spotlight. Mariano Rivera’s set-up man is a variety of people including Phil Hughes, Phil Coke, and Joba Chamberlain. These pitchers must succeed in order for the Yankees to advance. Otherwise, the Angels will reign supreme for the third time in seven years. The Angels and Yankees will fight each other to the brink. Fans of both teams better hope they have something left for the NLCS winner. Prediction: Yankees in 7
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