MLB Wild Card Round Pick

Posted: September 29, 2014 in Sports Musings
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So the baseball regular season finished with a bang with Derek Jeter’s final career game, hit and RBI vs Boston, and Zimmerman throwing the first No Hitter in nationals history. I will now go ahead and do my predictions for the 1 game wild card playoff for the National League & American League. I will do a round-by-round prediction with my posts to keep my picks current. But my overall picks to win the Al and NL are the Dodgers & Angels.

American league Wild Card Round

Oakland Athletics @ Kansas City Royals

Oakland has been in a tail dive since the July 31st trade deadline, going from World Series favorite with the best record in the AL to the away team in the 1 game WC playoff round. And the Royals have been this seasons Cinderella team, having reached the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Oakland’s big pickup from that fateful trade deadline, left ace Jon Lester will match up against Kansas City Ace James Shields. I do not trust Oakland. Kansas City will move on to play the Angels.

San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Having won 2 World Series Titles since 2010, the Giants seem to have enough playoff experience to advance to the NLDS vs the Washington Nationals. But I really like how the Pirates have been playing in their resurgence the last 2 years. Madison Bumgarner will start for the Giants against Edison Volquez for the Pirates. This game is a tossup, but I like the Pirates to advance because their home crowd should provide the difference.

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