Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Post Season Predictions, Tampa Bay vs. Texas

It's been a while since I wrote anything about the current baseball season, it's not my single purpose of my writing.

However the 2010 post season is now upon us, so it's appropriate to give my, predictions for the up coming playoffs....MLB Postseason Baseball TV Schedule

So, without much fan fare, here we go.

The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Texas Rangers in the Divisional Series.

The Rays finished with the best record in the American League, and for me, they are the team to beat in the A.L. Playoffs.

Tampa has fantastic pitching, led by Cy Young candidate David Price, who finished the 2010 season with a 19-6 record, and a ERA of 2.72.
After Price will come Matt Garza and James Shields, and look for Jeff Niemann, normally a starter, to help the Rays bullpen get to closer Rafael Soriano.

Tampa will hit with the best of them also, and I like the lineup of 3B Evan Longoria, LF Carl Crawford, 1b Carlos Pena, CF B.J. Upton, and FR Ben Zobrist, just to name a few. The Rays can hit, steal bases, move runners over, and hit the long ball when needed.

The Rangers are a great story, making the playoffs for the first time since 1999, when they were slugging their way through the A.L. with Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez.

This year the Rangers have an even more powerful lineup, with MVP candidate Josh Hamilton in CF, and the free swinging Vlad Guererro as the DH. 

Third Baseman Michael Young and Short Stop Ian Kinsler are sure to give the Rays fits as well.

The Rangers will send lefty Cliff Lee out in Game one vs, the Rays, who have beaten Lee three times this year.

The Rangers are a solid ball club, and this should be a fantastic series. 

My pick is the Rays in 4 games.

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