Baseball Playoffs Predictions – 2019 Edition
Here in the last days of August 2019, the postseason is little more than a month away! This is a very exciting time of year for the sport, as anticipation builds towards the October climax. Many teams are still in the playoff race, but many will be eliminated in the next 30 days.
Looking at my 2019 predictions, you can already see that I’ve been iffy on predicting the correct standings so far. However, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to make more predictions as the season goes on! It’s a way of trying to still be right by making even more predictions! 😀
What could September bring?
Cleveland’s recent rise in the Wild Card standings puts the Rays in a tight spot. The AL East and AL West seem to have pretty clear winners. The Nationals have finally been doing really well, with the Brewers still struggling to contend.
Even as a Yankees fan I have to admit that the Astros are the favorite to win the AL pennant. Their rotation and talent is absurd, and I think 2017 proved that they can outduel the Yankees in a long series full of starting pitching importance. Regardless of what happens in the Division Series, I see the Astros beating the Yankees in the ALCS just like they did in 2017. I do think it will be a good series, but good pitching generally beats good hitting.
As usual the National League has more parity, though with the fall of the Red Sox and the incredible Dodger squad, it’s not quite as unbalanced between the leagues as it was in 2017 and 2018. Just like last year I am heavily rooting for a Yankees-Braves World Series, but the Dodgers appear poised to win their third consecutive pennant. I am disappointed and surprised that the Brewers have not been able to capitalize on their amazing run from last year, but the Cardinals are my second-favorite team in the NL right now after the Braves. I don’t see the Cardinals holding on to win the NL Central, and I think there is a good chance we’ll see a 2017 World Series rematch: Astros vs. Dodgers.
That is my official prediction! I’d probably go with the Astros in that matchup, but I hope I’m way off! 😀 (and that we’ll see a repeat of 1996)
Please leave a comment below with your 2019 Major League Baseball playoffs predictions!