Playoff Picks

Presented without analysis, here are my MLB playoff predictions:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore over Yankees, three games to one.

Tigers over A’s, three games to two.

ALCS: Tigers over Orioles, four games to two.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Reds over Giants, three games to one.

Cardinals over Nationals, three games to two.

NLCS: Reds over Cardinals, four games to one.

And your 2012 World Series Champions will be… the Cincinnati Reds, taking out the Detroit Tigers in six games.

A few quick links:

  • If you are looking for playoff predictions by someone a lot smarter than me – someone who actually watched Major League Baseball instead of Triple-A all year – I invite you to check out Larry Stone’s picks.
  • Add my man Rob Neyer to the growing lists of analysts who believe the infield fly ruling was the correct call in the Cardinals – Braves wild card game. He gives a very convincing argument, while noting that in the end it all comes down to a judgement call.
  • Former Mariners infielder and TV analyst Harold Reynolds also thinks the call was correct.
  • Omaha Storm Chasers/Kansas City Royals pitcher Everett Teaford had the funniest line on twitter about the play.
  • When the fans threw garbage on the field in Atlanta, it reminded me of one of the three games I have attended at Wrigley Field. Yes, I was there, in the left field bleachers, on Randy Myers Poster Day.
  • Larry Stone reports that the Mariners are not bringing back Class-A High Desert manager Pedro Grifol, or minor league hitting coordinator Jose Castro. Castro was the Rainiers interim manager when Tacoma won the PCL title in 2010 –  Daren Brown got promoted to Seattle in August that year.
  • The Mariners are going to have the 12th pick in the 2013 draft. Here is the first round draft order.

We’ll be back early in the week – either Monday or Tuesday – with a complete list of former Rainiers on the eight remaining MLB playoff teams. Later in the week, we’ll start looking at how some of the non-Mariner former Rainiers in the majors performed this season.

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