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Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Postseason Prediction Thread

Predict it.

Gamingboy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 12:15 PM | 82 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4253931)
Rangers win Friday, ruining my postseason. That's all I've got.
   2. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4253972)
I really don't like that the "homefield" advantage this year means the team with the inferior record gets the first two home games. In a short series, that's huge. For that reason, I don't really like the A's chances against Detroit.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM (#4253976)
Remembering that I'm one of the few people to predict the winner of the world series last year :) and of course the maxim "the post season is a crapshoot."

Cardinals over Braves
Orioles over Rangers

Orioles over Yankees.
A's over Tigers
Cardinals over Nationals
Reds over Giants

Cardinals over Reds
A's over Orioles

Cardinals over A's.
   4. Famous Original Joe C Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4253978)
Texas over Baltimore
Atlanta over St. Louis

Oakland over Detroit
Texas over NYY
Cincinnati over SF
Atlanta over Washington

Oakland over Texas
Cincinnati over Atlanta

Oakland over Cincinnati
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4253981)
Orioles beat the Rangers in extra innings and go on to win the World Series, going 6-0 in extra inning playoff games and being outscored in each round (except for the WC round, of course)
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4253988)
Curious, I don't have cable and am thinking about getting the mlbtv for the post season(4.99 for the wildcard, division series and championship series) reading the requirements and restrictions, it seems like there is no blackout....the only drawback is you don't get the broadcast feed....

So let me get this straight, for $4.99 I get to choose my camera angle, can have up to 4 different camera angles going at once, don't get shifting camera angles, don't have to listen to the broadcast or be subjected to random crowd shots, and I'm assuming I don't have to listen to the national broadcast team..... What is the downside here?
   7. Latnam's first name is Bob Lemon's middle name Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4253995)
My predictions will be more than a little biased with good old fashioned homerism with a mix of the absurd. But since the postseason never makes sense anyway, this might just work. Ahem:

Baltimore over Texas
Atlanta over St. Louis

Oakland over Detroit
Cincinnati over San Francisco
Baltimore over Yankees
Atlanta over Washington

Baltimore over Oakland
Atlanta over Cincinnati

Atlanta over Baltimore
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4254025)
My predictions will be more than a little biased with good old fashioned homerism with a mix of the absurd. But since the postseason never makes sense anyway, this might just work. Ahem:


post season is a crapshoot. I absolutely guarantee picking up a quarter and flipping it for each series will have an equally as good of a chance of being right, as asking an expert(say Keith Law) his predictions. Heck it would be equally as right as taking the lineups as composed and running them through 1000 simulations.

As a fan, if you don't predict your favorite team to win, you are doing it wrong. (of course you might just be setting low expectations to avoid disappointment)
   9. Randy Jones Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4254031)
Rangers over O's
Braves over Cards

Tigers over A's
Yankees over Rangers
Giants over Reds
Nats over Braves

Yankees over Tigers
Nats over Giants

Yankees over Nats
   10. Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4254034)
Baltimore over Texas
Atlanta over St Louis

Oakland over Detroit
Washington over St Louis
Yankees over Baltimore
San Francisco over Cincinatti

Washington over Cincinnati
Oakland over Yankees

I do not live to see the end of Washington vs Oakland because I die of joy.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:50 PM (#4254043)
I really don't like that the "homefield" advantage this year means the team with the inferior record gets the first two home games. In a short series, that's huge. For that reason, I don't really like the A's chances against Detroit.

I've seen this a lot, and I really don't understand why having the first two games at home is such an advantage. Why do folks think that. For the record, when baseball used this 3-2 system in 95-97, the teams that opened on the road went 7-5 in the series - certainly nothing firm can be drawn from that sample.

But, on to the picks:

Baltimore over Texas

New York over Baltimore
Detroit over Oakland
Detroit over New York

Atlanta over St. Louis

Atlanta over Washington
Cincinnati over San Francisco
Cincinnati over Atlanta

Cincinnati over Detroit




   12. Chris Needham Posted: October 04, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4254059)
Nats over Barves
Giants over Reds
Rangers over Yankees
A's over Tigers

Nats over Giants
A's over Rangers

Nats over A's
   13. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4254080)
Baltimore over Texas
Atlanta over St Louis

Oakland over Detroit
Washington over St Louis
Baltimore over Yankees
Cincy over SF

Washington over Cincy
Oakland over Baltimore

Oakland over Washington - Cespedes with the Series-winning homer in extra innings
   14. The District Attorney Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4254082)
(TEX, ATL)

OAK, TEX, ATL, CIN
TEX, CIN
TEX

   15. john_halfz Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4254083)
[6] Simply beware that the package doesn't include the NLCS (on FOX, IIRC, so only an issue if, like me, you still don't have a digital antenna or whatever it's called)
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4254103)
[6] Simply beware that the package doesn't include the NLCS (on FOX, IIRC, so only an issue if, like me, you still don't have a digital antenna or whatever it's called)


That was what I was wondering. I still don't get them allowing it to be viewed even in blacked out areas. I'm glad for it, and think it makes sense, but when it comes to blackout and the MLB, making sense is not usually used in conjunction with each other.

I have antenna reception with a converter box, so should be fine.
   17. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:13 PM (#4254108)
I've seen this a lot, and I really don't understand why having the first two games at home is such an advantage.
Because if the "lesser" team starts out 2-0, then the "better" team is facing three elimination games. If they're down 2-0 in the first inning of Game Three, they have to consider pulling their starter, burning the bullpen for Games 4 and 5.
   18. john_halfz Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4254114)
And FWIW:

Baltimore 5 -- Texas 1
Atlanta 2 -- Saint Louis 0

---

NYY 3 -- BAL 1 (0 -- 4; 6 -- 5 (11); 8 -- 3; 3 -- 2 (13))
DET 3 -- OAK 1 (2 -- 0; 6 -- 1; 4 -- 13; 8 -- 1)

CIN 3 -- SF 2 (4 -- 6; 4 -- 7; 5 -- 2; 3 -- 1 (10); 9 -- 2)
ATL 3 -- WAS 0 (5 -- 3; 6 -- 2; 11 -- 4)

---

NYY 4 -- DET 3 (4 -- 8; 7 -- 4; 5 -- 7; 2 -- 4; 6 -- 1; 5 -- 4; 8 -- 6)

CIN 4 -- ATL 0 (5 -- 0; 6 -- 0; 4 -- 3; 9 -- 2)

---

NYY 4 -- CIN 2 (6 -- 3; 8 -- 5; 4 -- 5 (12); 3 -- 8; 12 -- 9; 3 -- 1)

   19. with Glavinesque control and Madduxian poise Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4254115)
Braves over Cards

Rangers over Orioles

Braves over Nats
Cincy over Giants

A's over Tigers
Rangers over Yankees

Braves over Reds in 7

A's over Rangers

Braves over A's.

I just hope the Braves somehow make the WS; I'll be able to make one of the first two games, and seeing one of Chipper's last games live would mean a lot...
   20. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:18 PM (#4254124)
Texas over Baltimore (in extra inning)

Texas over New York
Detroit over Oakland

Detroit over Texas

St. Louis over Atlanta

Cincinnati over San Francisco
St. Louis over Washington

Cincinnati over St. Louis

Cincinnati over Detroit

I know the post-season is a crapshoot but I think it's especially true this year.
   21. john_halfz Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:19 PM (#4254128)
[16] They (MLB; TBS) believe that most people prefer the boring and/or stupid nattering of Brian Anderson, Joe Simpson, and Buck Martinez to simply watching a game.

They are probably right: market dictates product, and live and broadcast baseball have increasingly become the domain of cartoon robots, abusively loud rock licks, and long camera pans over the stadium pool.
   22. SoSH U at work Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4254131)
Because if the "lesser" team starts out 2-0, then the "better" team is facing three elimination games. If they're down 2-0 in the first inning of Game Three, they have to consider pulling their starter, burning the bullpen for Games 4 and 5.'


Yes, I would agree if the lesser team wins the first two games, that's a serious disadvantage to the better team. I would counter that if the lesser team wins Games 3 and 4, that's also a big disadvantage, since the better team has to go 3-0 in the other three games. I don't see any logical reason why the distribution makes a whole lot of difference, either positively or negatively.

(Oh, and I was wrong above. The teams with HFA went 6-6 in 95-97, though it should be noted that during that bizarre time period, the teams with HFA were not always the team with the better record).

   23. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4254134)
Texas over Baltimore (in extra inning)


Most ironic ending to a team's season ever?
   24. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4254147)
Braves over Cardinals
Rangers over Orioles

Nationals over Braves
Reds over Giants
Rangers over Yankees
A's over Tigers

Reds over Nationals
A's over Rangers

Reds over A's

Mostly, I have no idea.
   25. bartap74 Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4254148)
AL:

Texas over Baltimore


New York over Texas
Detroit over Oakland

New York over Detroit


NL:

Atlanta over St. Louis

Cincinnati over San Francisco
Washington over Atlanta


Cincinnati over Washington


WS:

New York over Cincinnati






   26. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:35 PM (#4254169)
I predict that whatever happens, the Yankees will infuriate me. Other than that, I'm convinced there's too much randomness to weigh in.
   27. PepTech Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4254171)
Because if the "lesser" team starts out 2-0, then the "better" team is facing three elimination games.
I am grateful for anything that reminds me of M's-NYY 1995. Good times. Those three games were the pinnacle of my fan-life. Which is kind of sad, in a way, but man, what a weekend.
   28. RTSquared is not on the Rangers' DL...yet... Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4254183)
TEX over BAL

TEX over NYY
OAK over DET

TEX over OAK

StL over ATL

CIN over SFG
WAS over CIN

WAS over CIN

Rangers lead 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th in Game 7 of the World Series. Alexi Ogando gets Werth and Harper to strike out, then gets a lazy fly ball by Zimmerman that Hamilton, back on the caffeine, loses in the lights and bonks off his glove for a 2-base error. After a walk to LaRoche, Mike Morse hits a deep fly ball to right field that Nelson Cruz Cansecos into a game-tying homer. The Rangers score runs in the 11th, 14th, and 15th innings, but fail to hold the lead. Bryce Harper pitches the 17th inning, striking out Hamilton, Beltre, and Young (Ron Washington not being smart enough to bat Napoli any higher than 7th), then hits a walk-off HR to end it.
   29. JustDan Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4254188)
Nationals over Braves
Giants over Reds
Orioles over Yankees
A's over Tigers

Nationals over Giants
Orioles over A's

Nationals over Orioles
   30. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4254189)
Baltimore over texas
Baltimore over new york
Oakland over detroit
Oakland over baltimore

Atlanta over st louis
Washington over atlanta
San fran over cinci
Washington over sf

Washinton over oakland
   31. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4254194)
Texas over Baltimore (ouch!)
Atlanta over St. Louis

Yanks over Texas
A's over Detroit
Nats over Atlanta
Reds over Giants

A's over Yanks
Nats over Reds

A's over Nats

And other than the A's and Detroit, it wouldn't surprise me if every series went to the limit. I can't remember a season with greater parity at the top.
   32. Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4254202)
I would enjoy basically any series outcome other than Yanks over St Louis.
   33. flournoy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:49 PM (#4254206)
Braves over Cardinals
Orioles over Rangers

Braves over Nationals
Reds over Giants
Orioles over Yankees
Athletics over Tigers

Braves over Reds
Orioles over Athletics

Braves over Orioles
   34. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4254209)
I would enjoy basically any series outcome other than Yanks over St Louis.

Although ideally I'm rooting for a World Series involving the Yanks or the Orioles against the Nats, I can live with any outcome that doesn't involve the Rangers, Braves or Cardinals. Can't work up any real hostility towards any of the others.
   35. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 04, 2012 at 02:55 PM (#4254217)
Braves over Cardinals
Orioles over Rangers (in extra innings)

Nationals over Braves (4 games)
Reds over Giants (5 games)
Orioles over Yankees (5 games, extra innings in game 5)
Athletics over Tigers (5 games)

Nationals over Reds (7 games)
Athletics over Orioles (6 games)

Athletics over Nationals (7 games)
   36. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4254241)
Nats over Barves
Giants over Reds
Rangers over Yankees
A's over Tigers

Nats over Giants
A's over Rangers

Nats over A's


Let's go with this one.

   37. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:10 PM (#4254247)
Teams I'd like to see win the World Series:

1. Tigers
(big drop)
2. Nationals
3. Orioles
4. Athletics
5. Reds
6. Rangers
7. Giants
8. Braves
(big drop)
9. Cardinals
(really big drop)
10. Yankees

Dream match-up: Tigers over Nationals in seven.
Nightmare match-up: Yankees over Cardinals in four, plus three rain-outs.
   38. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:10 PM (#4254249)
Cardinals over Braves
Orioles over Rangers

Cardinals over Nationals (5 Games)
Reds over Giants (4 Games)
Orioles over Yankees (5 Games)
Athletics over Tigers (5 Games)

Cardinals over Reds (5 Games)
Athletics over Orioles (5 Games)

Athletics over Cardinals (7 Games)

All of this means the Braves will win the World Series since I'm no better at this than at NCAA Tournament Brackets.
   39. The Well-Tempered Javier Vasquez (loungehead) Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4254271)
I'll come out of my usual dark corner for a moment to give Detroit some love:

Texas over Baltimore
Detroit over Oakland
New York over Texas
Detroit over New York

Atlanta over St. Louis
Cincinnati over San Francisco
Washington over Atlanta
Cinci over Washington

Detroit over Cinci

By making this prediction, I'm pretty much dooming us all to an A's/Giants Series of Ratings Death. I accept full responsibility for this, and wish to apologize in advance.
   40. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM (#4254293)
I'm pretty much dooming us all to an A's/Giants Series of Ratings Death.

Not to mention actual death, considering what happened the last time these two teams met...
   41. ThisElevatorIsDrivingMeUpTheWall Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4254295)
Rangers over Orioles
A's over Tigers
Yankees over Rangers
Yankees over A's

Cardinals over Braves
Giants over Reds
Nats over Cardinals
Nats over Giants

Nats over Yankees
   42. TomH Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4254297)
I would MUCH rather offer predictions on Saturday morning. This one-game thing just makes it hard. It's illogical to say the Rangers and Braves will meet in the WS since they have a play-in game to go through, but I really think they could be the best post-season teams.

Pains me to say it, but Yankees (yuk) over Nationals would be where I put my chip if I had to put money on one combo.
   43. TomH Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4254301)
and kudos to 28
   44. zachtoma Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:49 PM (#4254328)
BRAVES over Cards
ORIOLES over Rangers

BRAVES over Nationals
REDS over Giants
YANKEES over Orioles
A'S over Tigers

REDS over Braves
YANKEES over A's

REDS over Yankees
   45. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4254333)
Okay, serious answer:

ALWC: Rangers over Orioles
NLWC: Braves over Cardinals

ALDS: Tigers 3, A's 1
ALDS: Rangers 3, Yankees 1
NLDS: Nats 3, Braves 2
NLDS: Giants 3, Reds 2

ALCS: Tigers 4, Rangers 2
NLCS: Nats 4, Giants 3

World Series: Nats 4, Tigers 3
   46. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4254347)
AL
Rangers over Orioles
Rangers over Yankees
Tigers over Athletics
Tigers over Rangers

NL
Cards over Braves
Nationals over Cards
Reds over Giants
Reds over Nationals

Reds over Tigers
   47. JJ1986 Posted: October 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4254351)
Rangers over Orioles
Cardinals over Braves

Tigers over A's
Yankees over Rangers
Braves over Nats
Reds over Giants

Yankees over Tigers
Braves over Reds

Yankees over Braves
   48. dr. scott Posted: October 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4254414)
Though a yankee/nats WS would allow the world to hear Tim Mccaver sing songs from Damn Yankees... I cannot support it...

WC and DS

Braves over Cards
Nats over Bravos
Gigantes over Reds

Orioles over Rangers
Orioles over Yankees
A's over Detroit

CS

Nats over Gigantes
A's over O's

WS
No prediction, but I hope its A's over Nats

I actually dont think the O's will make it that far either, but I want the championship series to be symetric. Bay Area Vs. whatever the Baltimore/DC area is called.
   49. Austin Posted: October 04, 2012 at 04:49 PM (#4254442)
How about:

Braves over Cardinals
Rangers over Orioles

Reds over Giants
Braves over Nationals
Yankees over Rangers
Tigers over A's

Reds over Braves
Yankees over Tigers

Reds over Yankees


Aw, #### it. None of us has any idea what the hell is going to happen.
   50. Gamingboy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4254489)
As usual, my predictions become funnier and more outlandish as the playoffs go on.

Texas over Orioles: Joe Saunders blows it early, and while the Orioles sort-of fight back, it's not enough. I, who was so much looking forward to finally seeing a MLB playoff game, throw a fit about this and I spend the rest of the postseason even more angry at the Yankees than usual, since being angry at the Yankees is my stress-ball.

Braves over Cardinals: I'm not going to go against Medlen.

Athletics over Tigers in five: It appears, after a game one domination by Justin Verlander, that once again Billy Beane's #### doesn't work in the playoffs. But then, the Athletics win a 10-inning thriller in game 2, as Cespedes grabs a piece of a Valverde fastball and sends it to Windsor before Balfour finishes off the Tigers in the bottom of the inning. The A's grab game 3 at home and seem to be on the way to victory. However, Justin Verlander then promptly embarrasses the A's in the game 4 (with some help from Miguel Cabrera, of course). And so, it heads to Game 5, where Josh Reddick catches fire to lead the Athletics to victory as everyone in Boston bangs their heads against the wall.

Yankees over Rangers in four: Although the Rangers- riding the momentum of the Wild Card game- win game one, the Yankees soon take control, battering the Rangers in games 2 and 3. Game 4 begins well for the Rangers though as they take an early lead, but Joe Nathan collapses in the ninth, allowing Robinson Cano to tie up the game. It goes to 10. Then 11. Then 12. In the bottom of the 13th, Derek Jeter hits a classic Yankee Stadium cheapie to send the Yanks into the ALCS. I swear. A lot, especially as the bleacher creatures make a habit of chanting "You'll play for us" at Hamilton every time he comes to the plate.

Giants over Reds in five: Cueto outduels Cain in game 1 and Bumgarner does the same to Arroyo in game 2. The Reds, however, then begin a comeback, taking Games 3 and 4 (with Cueto going on short-rest in Game 4). Cain, however, slams the door in Game 5 to send the Giants to the NLCS.

Nationals over Braves in four: Who needs Strasburg? The Braves win the game Medlen pitches, but Nattitude prevails.

Yankees over Athletics in five: Behind the scenes, Fox begins to panic- if there's a Athletics-Giants World Series, their ratings will plummet to record lows. And what's worse, the Athletics- for all the underdog Moneyball stuff- would be ratings poison. While there is no overt conspiracy, the series is filled with questionable calls and unusual act-of-god style bounces, all of them seemingly breaking to the Yankees side. Even the Athletics' win in Game 3 comes only after a instant replay is needed to show that, yes, Jonny Gomes did hit a home run. The O.Co Coliseum, by the way, is by now completely filled with almost 60,000 people, as the tarps are off and Mount Davis is opened (they've said they will only remove them in case of the World Series, but the demand is enough that they do so early). This causes extreme problems in Game 5, as a furious late-game rally by the Athletics comes up short when a would-be walk-off run is cut down at home by, yes, Derek Jeter (although he does a normal throw this time, not a flip). Replay shows that Coco Crisp was clearly safe. The Yankees then promptly win in the 10th inning when Robinson Cano goes deep ONE PITCH after a ball is called on Balfour on what had been strike three all game. Soriano shuts down the Athletics, but the crowd is restless before the final out, verbally chanting loud obscenities at the Umps, the Yankees and Bud Selig throughout the final frame. Once the final out is made (a pop-out to, of course, Jeter), all hell breaks loose. Trash is thrown on the field, at least one chair lands near the Yankees dugout (Billy Beane has the alibi that he had gone to watch the Instructional League team). The Yankees and the Umpires are escorted from the stadium under police protection. Grant Balfour, in a postgame press conference, introduces the American populace to various Australian phrases that aren't printable.

Nationals over Giants in 7: Nattitude cannot be stopped, but the Giants pitching contains it for awhile until Game 7 sees Gio Gonzalez defeat Matt Cain in an instant classic that also sees Bryce Harper go deep and Teddy Roosevelt beating up Crazy Crab.

Yankees over Nationals in 7: The most bat-#### crazy series in recent memory, as Nattitude runs into The Empire. This being an election year, many pick up on the fact that Mitt Romney once invested in the New York Yankees to declare the Nats the "Liberal" team and the Yankees the "Conservative Team". Many awkward soundbites emerge, but ultimately the Nationals just declare that they are for Teddy Roosevelt while the Yankees say that the only thing they are campaigning for is Championship Number 28.

After the teams split the first two in Washington, game 3, started by Andy Pettitte, is wacky. Pettitte, for all of his acclaimed pickoff moves, is vulnerable to the steal of home. So with a 6-1 lead in the fourth (and the bullpen warming up for the Bombers), Bryce Harper does just that, showing Nattitude by making it 7-1 with the swipe. The New York media become apoplectic, finding it blasphemous that the youth and Davey Johnson would dare embarrass and show up the MOST WINNING PITCHER IN PLAYOFF HISTORY (C), especially since the Nationals were holding a 5-run lead. The final score of the game, by the way, ends up being 7-6 Nationals, but that sort of gets lost in the Faux-controversy. The Yankees tie up the series in the next game, which soon becomes called "The Ichiro Game" when Ichiro goes 3-4 with two home runs, an RBI double, has two outfield assists, a stolen base and a home-run robbing catch. When asked why he did this, he says that he was inspired when they were in Washington when he overheard somebody talk about how Teddy Roosevelt liked to use a Big Stick. Since everybody there seemed to like Teddy, Ichiro decided he would use the big stick. Talks of a "Curse of Teddy Winning" begins as the two teams are tied 2-2 heading into Game 5, which the Yankees win behind a flurry of cheap Yankee Stadium home runs. One of the Yankee relievers beans Harper, and while Harper only turns slightly to say something to the pitcher, the dugouts empty and there's pushing, shoving and such, out of instinct (interestingly, Harper probably does the least amount of pushing and shoving). The next day, the NYC media declares Harper a violent punk. The series goes back to Washington 3-2 for the Yankees.

Game 6 is Kuroda vs. a short-rested Gio Gonzalez. It is a pitcher's duel that is 3-2 in the Nationals' favor going into the top of the ninth. However, the Nationals bullpen uncharacteristically collapses, and the bases end up loaded with no out. All seems lost. But during a meeting on the mound, something happens: from center field emerges Teddy Roosevelt. Everyone nervously laughs, thinking this is some kind of gag. But then Teddy runs in to the mound, and dispenses his "head" and uniform to reveal his true identity as STEPHEN STRASBURG! The Yankees immediately appeal to the Umpires and the Commissioner to declare this move illegal, as Strasburg wasn't on the roster. However, as FOX tells Selig how awesome Game 7 of the series would get in the ratings, Selig announces that he is "making a one-time exception" to the roster rules (a member of the Yankee front office is later heard saying \"####### Melky.") As the crowd goes nuts, Teddy/Strasburg proceeds to strike out Cano and Teixeira and then gets A-Rod to fly out. The Nationals win game 6!

Game 7 in Washington is one of the most watched baseball games since the 1980s, as the many storylines head to one final Ragnarok for the 2012 season. Sabathia vs. Jordan Zimmermann. Ryan Zimmerman puts the Nats ahead earlier with a RBI double, but Sabathia, of all people, later ties it up with a solo home run (Sterling declares him the "Sabathino"). The Yankees, led by Cano and Ichiro, later chase Zimmermann from the game, and going into the 6th, they lead 5-2. Slowly, slowly, the Nationals scrap their way back, and they have it tied going into the ninth. But then, in the top of the ninth with two out, with a man on second, Ichiro hits a sharp fly ball to right. Werth looks like he's going to get it to end the inning, but he then unexpectedly trips. The runner scores, and the Yankees hold on to win 6-5 over the Nationals.

Replay shows that, during the president's race, a piece of Teddy Roosevelt fell off as he ran to victory. It was this small piece of Teddy that Jayson Werth tripped on. It is decided to give Teddy Roosevelt a key to New York City, until somebody points out that Teddy Roosevelt is actually dead, and he probably got one sometime while he was alive anyway.

(faints from writing the epic)
   51. Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4254513)
Everyone nervously laughs, thinking this is some kind of gag. But then Teddy runs in to the mound, and dispenses his "head" and uniform to reveal his true identity as STEPHEN STRASBURG! The Yankees immediately appeal to the Umpires and the Commissioner to declare this move illegal, as Strasburg wasn't on the roster. However, as FOX tells Selig how awesome Game 7 of the series would get in the ratings, Selig announces that he is "making a one-time exception" to the roster rules (a member of the Yankee front office is later heard saying \"####### Melky.") As the crowd goes nuts, Teddy/Strasburg proceeds to strike out Cano and Teixeira and then gets A-Rod to fly out. The Nationals win game 6!


As long as he wears the rest of the Teddy outfit while he pitches, I'll allow it.
   52. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM (#4254519)
Texas over Baltimore (in extra inning)

Most ironic ending to a team's season ever?


Only if the Cardinals don't beat Kris Medlen.

Rangers over Orioles
Cards over Braves

A's over Tigers (Josh Donaldson outplays Miguel Cabrera)
Yankees over Rangers
Nats over Cards
Giants over Reds

A's over Yankees (Stephen Drew outplays Derek Jeter)
Nats over Giants

A's over Nats (Jarrod Parker outplays Stephen Strasburg)
   53. Booey Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM (#4254523)
Rangers > Orioles
Cardinals > Braves

Yankees > Rangers
Tigers > A's
Nats > Cardinals
Giants > Reds

Tigers > Yankees
Nats > Giants

Tigers > Nats
   54. McCoy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:49 PM (#4254530)
Rangers over Orioles
Braves over Cardinals

Rangers over the Yankees
A's over the Tigers

Nationals over the Braves
Giants over the Reds

A's over the Rangers

Nationals over the Giants

A's over the Nationals.


Never gonna happen but that is what I predict.
   55. zachtoma Posted: October 04, 2012 at 06:40 PM (#4254589)
Texas over Baltimore (in extra inning)

Most ironic ending to a team's season ever?


What about if Baltimore put up 30 runs?
   56. Guapo Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:17 PM (#4254780)
Orioles over Rangers
Braves over Cardinals

Orioles over Yankees
A's over Tigers

Braves over Nationals
Reds over Giants

A's over Orioles
Reds over Braves

Reds over A's

My personal biases: Rooting hard for the Nationals, less so for the Yankees.
   57. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:23 PM (#4254786)
Rangers over Orioles
Braves over Cardinals

Rangers over Yankees in 5
A's over Tigers in 4

Nationals over Braves in 4
Giants over Reds in 3

A's over Rangers in 4
Nationals over Giants in 7

Nationals over A's in 6
   58. Quaker Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM (#4254804)
Rangers over O's
Cards over Braves

Yankees over Rangers
Tigers over A's

Reds over Giants
Nats over Cards

Yankees over Tigers
Reds over Nats

Yankees over Reds
   59. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 05, 2012 at 12:43 AM (#4254820)
Yankees over Athletics in five: Behind the scenes, Fox begins to panic- if there's a Athletics-Giants World Series, their ratings will plummet to record lows. And what's worse, the Athletics- for all the underdog Moneyball stuff- would be ratings poison. While there is no overt conspiracy, the series is filled with questionable calls and unusual act-of-god style bounces, all of them seemingly breaking to the Yankees side. Even the Athletics' win in Game 3 comes only after a instant replay is needed to show that, yes, Jonny Gomes did hit a home run. The O.Co Coliseum, by the way, is by now completely filled with almost 60,000 people, as the tarps are off and Mount Davis is opened (they've said they will only remove them in case of the World Series, but the demand is enough that they do so early). This causes extreme problems in Game 5, as a furious late-game rally by the Athletics comes up short when a would-be walk-off run is cut down at home by, yes, Derek Jeter (although he does a normal throw this time, not a flip). Replay shows that Coco Crisp was clearly safe. The Yankees then promptly win in the 10th inning when Robinson Cano goes deep ONE PITCH after a ball is called on Balfour on what had been strike three all game. Soriano shuts down the Athletics, but the crowd is restless before the final out, verbally chanting loud obscenities at the Umps, the Yankees and Bud Selig throughout the final frame. Once the final out is made (a pop-out to, of course, Jeter), all hell breaks loose. Trash is thrown on the field, at least one chair lands near the Yankees dugout (Billy Beane has the alibi that he had gone to watch the Instructional League team). The Yankees and the Umpires are escorted from the stadium under police protection. Grant Balfour, in a postgame press conference, introduces the American populace to various Australian phrases that aren't printable.

If any of this #### comes even close to ####### happening, I am going to kill everyone. EVERYONE.
   60. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 05, 2012 at 03:39 AM (#4254844)
I would be at least mildly happy to see any of the teams win the World Series except the Rangers and to a lesser extent the Yankees. Therefore, one of them will win. I'd be least happy with the Rangers, so they'll win.
   61. NJ in DC (Now with Wife!) Posted: October 05, 2012 at 06:39 AM (#4254855)
Rangers over Orioles
Cardinals over Braves

Yankees over Rangers in 3
Tigers over A's in 5

Nats over Braves
Reds over Giants

Yankees over Tigers in 6
Nats over Reds in 5

Nats over Yankees in 7 (Strasburg starts game 7 and pitches a perfect game)

EDIT: Who I WANT to win
1. Yankees
2. Nats
3. A's
4. Orioles
5. Reds
6. Braves
7. Giants
8. Cardinals
9. Tigers
10. Rangers

   62. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 05, 2012 at 07:00 AM (#4254857)
EDIT: Who I WANT to win
1. Yankees
2. Nats
3. A's
4. Orioles
5. Reds

10. Rangers


Flip the Orioles and the A's, and that's exactly where I am. Just out of curiosity, did you grow up in the NY area and follow baseball in the early 70's? I was born in NYC and have always loved the Yanks; grew up in DC and have a sentimental attachment to the Nats; loved the Hagy era Orioles; and grew attached to the A's while living in Berkeley in 1971. The Reds are the only outlier here, but I've kind of liked them ever since this team way back when.

And anyone who lived in Washington in the 70's is always going to hate the Rangers by definition.
   63. NJ in DC (Now with Wife!) Posted: October 05, 2012 at 10:13 AM (#4254981)
Just out of curiosity, did you grow up in the NY area and follow baseball in the early 70's?

Heh. Grew up in the NY and followed baseball beginning in the late 90's. Nats are there because I went to a bunch of their games while in law school in DC plus I love Strasburg, Harper, Clippard and Christian Garcia. A's because they are the best baseball tweeters. Orioles because it'd be a pretty great story. Don't really care too much about the rest and I hate the Rangers due to their back to back WS appearances and emergence as legitimate AL powerhouse.
   64. Gamingboy Posted: October 05, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4255159)
   65. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: October 05, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4255198)
Braves over Cardinals
Orioles over Rangers

Nationals over Braves
Reds over Giants
Orioles over Yankees
Tigers over Athletics

Nationals over Reds
Orioles over Tigers


Nationals over Orioles (Youppi wins Presidents' Race)
   66. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: October 05, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4255201)
If any of this #### comes even close to ####### happening, I am going to kill everyone. EVERYONE.


The earthquake will make it that much easier...
   67. Srul Itza Posted: October 05, 2012 at 02:37 PM (#4255271)
Braves over Cards
Rangers over Orioles

Nats over Braves
Cincy over Giants
Cincy over Nats


A's over Tigers
Yankees over Rangers
Yankees over A's

Yankees over Cincy
A's over Rangers

Braves over A's.
   68. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 05, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4255290)
Yankees over Rangers
Yankees over A's

Yankees over Cincy
A's over Rangers

Braves over A's.


That's an interesting postseason you've got there, Srul. Did the Yankees forfeit the LCS?
   69. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM (#4255299)
ESPN's predictions

Yanks / Det 6 each
Wash / Giants 5 each
Cinci 4
Braves / A's / Texas 1 each

No love at all for the ornithology duo.
   70. TomH Posted: October 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4255350)
hurray for gamingboy's epic
   71. cardsfanboy Posted: October 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4255358)
That's an interesting postseason you've got there, Srul. Did the Yankees forfeit the LCS?


He's not the only one with an "interesting one"
61. Melo's Love Handles (NJ) Posted: October 05, 2012 at 06:39 AM (#4254855)
Rangers over Orioles
Cardinals over Braves

Yankees over Rangers in 3
Tigers over A's in 5

Nats over Braves
Reds over Giants


In his choices, the NL decided that even though the Cardinals won the game, that nobody wants a repeat of last year, and the league interfere and advance the Braves.
   72. JJ1986 Posted: October 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4255361)
In his choices, the NL decided that even though the Cardinals won the game, that nobody wants a repeat of last year, and the league interfere and advance the Braves.


I did the same thing. Odd coincidence.
   73. DCA Posted: October 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4255367)
Rangers over Orioles

Yankees over Rangers
Tigers over A's

Tigers over Yankees

Braves over Cards

Nats over Braves
Giants over Reds

Nats over Giants

Tigers over Nats
   74. Eddo Posted: October 05, 2012 at 04:49 PM (#4255432)
Orioles over Rangers

Yankees over Orioles
Tigers over A's

Yankees over Tigers


Braves over Cardinals

Nationals over Braves
Giants over Reds

Nationals over Giants


Nationals over Yankees


---

WANT:
1. Nationals
2. Orioles
3. Reds
4. A's
10. Braves
11. Rangers
12. Giants
25. Tigers
999. Cardinals
9999. Yankees
   75. Lassus Posted: October 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4255557)
I haven't looked at the game yet! This still counts!

What I think will happen, actual prediction:

Braves over Cards
O's over Rangers

Yankees over O's (magic wears off)
A's over Tigers
Nats over Braves
Reds over Giants

A's over Yankees
Reds over Nats

Reds over A's


What I want to happen:

Cards over Braves
O's over Rangers

O's over Yankees
Tigers over A's (My dad's team, sorry Shooty)
Nats over Cardinals
Reds over Giants

O's over Tigers (underdog + Wire > father)
Reds over Nats

Reds over O's (NL always)



   76. Dan Posted: October 05, 2012 at 06:37 PM (#4255628)
Cards over Braves
Rangers over Orioles

Rangers over Yankees
A's over Tigers

A's over Rangers

Nats over Cards
Reds over Giants

Nats over Reds

Nats over A's
   77. fra paolo Posted: October 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM (#4267888)
For a couple of years I used to post the results of a playoff predictor system here. I still keep track of the outcomes, which were more successful than BPro's 'Secret Sauce'. (From 2006 to 2009, when 'Secret Sauce apparently could only manage 54 per cent success, this system achieved an 66.6% record.)

However, so far it is performing badly this offseason. It forecast

Reds over Giants (Loss)
Athletics over Tigers (Loss)
Nationals over Cardinals (Loss)
Yankees over Orioles (Win!)

For the LCS round, the predictor reads the runes as follows:

Yankees over Tigers
Giants over Cardinals

Then in the World Series:

Yankees over Giants.

The signals aren't strong, though. (Not like in the first round!)
   78. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM (#4267901)
Tigers over Yanks (thanks, schedulemakers!)
Cardinals over Giants

Tigers over Cardinals, with a game seven misplayed fly ball by John Jay in the 7th inning breaking up a scoreless tie and leading to a 4 to 1 Tiger win.
   79. JE (Jason) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM (#4267907)
Yeesh. I had the A's, O's, Giants, and Nats reaching the CS. I'll go Tigers over Yanks and, in the battle of the WS champs, Cards over Giants.
   80. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4267952)
Tigers over Yanks
Giants over Cardinals, with entire St. Louis team contracting painful cases of the heartbreak of psorasis during the four game sweep, featuring four 17-0 shutouts.

Tigers over Giants,6
   81. Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4267986)
I would enjoy basically any series outcome other than Yanks over St Louis.


Please baseball gods don't haunt me with this
   82. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4267995)
I got one right, and it was Orioles over Rangers.
0-for-4 in the LDS, and therefore 0-for-the-rest-of-the-playoffs.

If I'm allowed a reset every round:

Detroit over NY (in 7 games)
St. Louis over SF (in 6 games)

Detroit over St. Louis (in 7 games)

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