Mlb Playoff Tickets – Nlds Predictions
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds: The Phillies came into the 2010 season looking like the best team the National League had seen since the Big Red Machine. They’d been to the last two World Series, winning one, and seemed destined to make it three in a row with new ace Roy Halladay in place. However, once the season got underway the Phils didn’t look so dominant. They experienced injuries to some of their biggest sluggers, struggled to score runs and didn’t get much for starting pitching outside of anyone aside from Halladay.
The Atlanta Braves looked to be running away with the division at one point this summer, but eventually the Phillies got healthy, traded for Roy Oswalt and fixed whatever was wrong with Cole Hamels. Fast forward to the postseason and the Phillies came away with the best record in the National League and again look like the team to get MLB playoff tickets to see play. Their rotation for the NLDS looks awesome. With Halladay, a dominant Oswalt and a Hamels that resembles the 2008 model, the Phillies could cruise to the World Series if they get any run production.
As for the Reds, they just don’t look ready to match up with the likes of the Phils. They’re an intriguing upstart team with a very good lineup, but what usually matters in the postseason is starting pitching. The Reds are throwing Edinson Volquez out there to face Halladay in Game 1. Volquez has great stuff, but he’s got little big league experience compared to Halladay and pitched only 12 games this season due to injury. He’s followed in the rotation by guys like Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo; those guys just don’t compare with Oswalt and Hamels. The Reds might be able to steal a game if their lineup gets hot, but I think they’re in a lot of trouble.
Prediction: Phillies in three.
San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves: The Giants have the best starting rotation in the majors, which is why I think they’re probably the only team that can upset the Phillies this postseason. With Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and rookie Madison Bumgarner, there is no weakness to be found on this staff. They’ve got a solid bullpen and a great closer in Brian Wilson, even if his beard looks like it’s glued to his face. The Giants don’t have the best lineup in the league, far from it, but it’s good enough to get them past the Braves. Catcher Buster Posey has been nothing short of phenomenal since being called up earlier this year, and guys like Aubrey Huff and Andres Torres have been huge for this team. The lineup is adequate when considering the pitching staff.
As for the Braves, they once looked capable of taking down the N.L. East but a late-season swoon resulted in them settling for the Wild Card. They’ve got a solid lineup, but not the kind a team needs to put up a lot of runs against San Fran. Derek Lowe has been awesome since Sept. 1, but Tim Hudson has been atrocious as of late after a masterful performance for most of the season. Tommy Hanson has not pitched the way most expected 2010. I consider the Braves a long shot, but don’t count out the Braves playing their hearts out for Bobby Cox.
Prediction: Giants in four.
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