The Tampa Bay Rays who many people believe will win the 2011 World Series after advancing on Evan Longoria’s Wild Card winning home run last night will not win the 2011 World Series. So who will? Well let’s go through each round of the playoffs to find out… First up the ALDS:
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees: Yankees win the series 3-2 – During the regular season the Tigers won the season series 4-3. However that doesn’t matter when it comes to the playoffs. The Yankees have more experience and are led by a core group of players that even though they might not have outscored the Tigers enough to win the season series, I don’t think this October will be a repeat of their matchup in 2006 when the Tigers advanced.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers: Rays win the series 3-1 – While the Rangers won the season series 5-4 and the Rangers outscored the Rays by a lot to a little in the 5 games they won, this October is different. The Rays are riding huge momentum into October after clawing back to win the Wild Card and their momentum isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The Rays will drop one of the two games in Texas however when they get to the Trop, the Rays will wipe the floor with the Rangers.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinal: Phillies win the series 3-0 – The Cardinals won the season series 6-3 however at the end of 2011 the series will be 6-6. The Phillies have three of the top five pitchers in the NL and maybe in the MLB this year and with the help of their dynamic offense they will take charge and sweep St. Louis. Keep in mind that Chris Carpenter, arguably the Cardinals ace, won’t be able to start until game 2 or possibly even as late as game 3.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brewers win the series 3-1 – The Brewers have three aces in Greinke, Gallardo, and Marcum while the Diamondbacks only really have Ian Kennedy who can be called an “ace” after his almost Cy Young season. While the Diamondbacks won the season series 4-3 look to potential MVP Ryan Braun and his counterpart Prince Fielder to lead the Brewers into the NLCS. Keep in mind that Fielder is also playing for a contract.
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Rays win the series 4-3 – Last night the Rays were down 7-0 in the eighth with a playoff atmosphere filling Tropicana Field. The Rays marched back and won 8-7 and that momentum will carry them into the ALCS and then eventually to the World Series. While the Yankees do have more experience which will help them beat the Tigers, that experience means nothing when it comes to standing in the batters box as thousands of Rays fans are banging on cow bells around you. The Rays will win this series on the backs of Evan Longoria and BJ Upton. Look no farther than Tampa Bay to make a splash and be the last AL team standing.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers win the series 4-3 – The Phillies have the best starting rotation in the NL. The Brewers have the best lineup in the NL this season. The Brewers lineup plays every inning of every game while the Phillies starting pitchers do not. The Phillies starters can only do so much in this series and in the end that won’t be enough. The Brewers will be led by Ryan Braun and Prince “I’m playing for a contract” Fielder past the Phillies and into the World Series.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers don’t win the series 4-2, the Rays do – So the title said the Rays won’t win the 2011 World Series. But I guess in the 10 minutes since I started writing this post I changed my mind. Wait, I never thought the Rays weren’t going to win the World Series… sort of. When Evan Longoria knocked that baseball over the left field fence to win the game last night I knew that the Rays were going to win the 2011 World Series. Why? The Rays have something to prove. They have a young team and they lost Carlos Pena and Carl Crawford last offseason, although after Crawford’s missed catch caused the Red Sox final loss I’m sure nobody in Tampa Bay is complaining. The Rays have a young core group of players that are just beginning to truly show how good they can and will be. This October, we will truly see the likes of David Price, Evan Longoria, BJ Upton, and Jeremey Hellickson shine. The Trop will for the first time in its history be the home of a World Series trophy.
Woops… I guess I got it wrong now that the Rays lost to the Rangers… Oh well. Brew Crew I guess?
Who do you think will win the World Series?