The coolest thing about the divisional round is that ALL of these series involve division rivals, all of which are heated — and in some cases the teams do not like each other.
Braves-Marlins. Dodgers-Padres. Rays-Yankees. And what may be my favorite series to watch (though I am a Yankees fan), Athletics-Astros.
The A’s STILL did/do not appreciate the Astros cheating their way to a World Series title a few seasons ago, and rightfully so. The fact that Houston only got a slap on the wrist for doing so STILL irks the hell out of me (where are your balls, Commish?!). My over and under for beanballs being tossed are at maybe 20-30?
Okay I know this is supposed to be a nice, quick preview, so let me stop my bitching and do my damn job.
#1 Tampa Bay Rays vs. #5 New York Yankees
Prediction: Rays in 4. Tampa has owned our asses all year. Even though we got our sluggers back from injuries, I don’t see that shit changing. Plus, both squads hate each other (juicy!!!!).
#2 Oakland Athletics vs. #6 Houston Astros
Prediction: A’s in 5. If there is a God, He (or She) would not allow those cheating-ass Astros to move any closer to the World Series. Plus, both squads REALLY hate each other (VERY juicy. Did I say I was gonna watch this series?).
#1 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. #4 San Diego Padres
Prediction: Dodgers in 4. It’s gonna be fun watching Clayton Kershaw vs. Fernando Tatis.
#2 Atlanta Braves vs. #6 Miami Marlins
Prediction: Braves in 4. Miami’s Cinderella run is gonna come to a SCREECHING halt…