Playoff Predictions and Game 163 Thread

"Hi please leave the playoffs." - Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

You have to be pretty darn smart to be a bloglord or lady. As such, these are airtight predictions -- feel free to bet the house on them. Even the ones that contradict and the joke ones; we are professionals here.

DanyS: AL - Rays over Rangers in Game 163.
Indians over Rays in the Wild Card game
Indians over Red Sox in a seven game thriller of an ALDS
Athletics over Tigers in ALDS
Athletics over Indians in ALCS

NL - Pirates over Reds in the Wild Card game
Dodgers over Braves in NLDS
Pirates over Cardinals in NLDS
Pirates over Dodgers in the NLCS

World Series - Athletics over Pirates as Reggie Jackson hits a walk-off home run to ice the series

Cormican: AL - Rays over Rangers in Game 163
Rays over Indians in the Wild Card game
Red Sox over Rays in ALDS
Tigers over Athletics in ALDS
Tigers over Red Sox in ALCS

NL - Reds over Pirates in the Wild Card game
Reds over Cardinals in the NLDS
Dodgers over Braves in the NLDS
Reds over Dodgers in the NLCS

World Series - Tigers over Reds

88Lindros88: AL - Rangers over Rays in Game 163
Indians over Rangers in the Wild Card game
Red Sox over Indians in ALDS
Tigers over Athletics in ALDS
Red Sox over Tigers in ALCS

NL - Pirates over Reds in the Wild Card game
Dodgers over Braves in NLDS (wherein the Dodgers are forced to play at less than full
strength after Yasiel Puig is forced out with injury after being bludgeoned by Brian McCann and
Freddie Freeman for flipping his bat and admiring a line drive single to left field.)
Cardinals over Pirates in NLDS
Cardinals over Dodgers in NLCS

World Series - Red Sox over Cardinals (Shanf gets his second ring and the Phillies try to buy Jacoby
Ellsbury afterward)

Bonus Prediction - There will be a collective 127 awful managerial decisions, all of which will be
highly watchable television.

JoeCatz: AL - Rays over Rangers in Game 163
Rays over Indians in the Wild Card game
Rays over Red Sox in ALDS
Tigers over Athletics in ALDS
Rays over Tigers in ALCS

NL - Pirates over Reds in the Wild Card game
Pirates over Cardinals in NLDS
Dodgers over Braves in NLDS
Dodgers over Pirates in NLCS

World Series - There will be no World Series winner. In game seven, with the score tied 3-3, Michael
Young will hit a home run in the top of the ninth -- his third of the series -- giving the
Dodgers the lead, until, in the bottom of the innings, Delmon Young will hit a homer, tying it
again.

This pattern will continue for 666 innings, until the skies open and the apocalypse begins.

Trev223: AL - Rays over Rangers in Game 163
Indians over Rays in the Wild Card game
Indians over Red Sox in ALDS
Athletics over Tigers in ALDS
Indians over Athletics in ALCS

NL - Pirates over Reds in the Wild Card game
Pirates over Cardinals in NLDS
Dodgers over Braves in NLDS
Pirates over Dodgers in NLCS

World Series - Indians over Pirates in a seven game stunner that reaffirms the nation's belief in baseball.

Yes, it's a pipe dream. Whatever.

LizRoscher: I don't want to do predictions because that means I have to figure out which teams would be facing each other when and I don't care about the postseason that much. But if you want to know which teams I support, you're in luck. I am rooting for teams who are not the Braves and the Cardinals. If you are not one of those teams, congratulations, I may be rooting for you.

And with that, you have the gamut. Discuss your own predictions and the always-entertaining Game 163 below!

EDIT: Friends, I unfairly and with malice aforethought (not really) left out two predictions.  Find them below!

Phrozen: AL - Rangers over Rays in Game 163
Indians over Rangers in the Wild Card game
Red Sox over the Rangers in ALDS
Tigers over Athletics in ALDS
Red Sox over Tigers in ALCS

NL - Pirates over Reds in the Wild Card game
Dodgers over Braves in NLDS
Pirates over Cardinals in NLDS
Pirates over Dodgers in NLCS

World Series - Pirates over Red Sox

My methodologies consist of hating the Braves and pulling for Pittsburgh. Everything else is kinda derived from that. The AL is a straight-ass pull.

David S. Cohen: AL - Rays over Rangers in Game 163
Indians over Rays in the Wild Card game
Indians over Red Sox in ALDS
Athletics over Tigers in ALDS
Athletics over Indians in ALCS

NL - Pirates over Reds in the Wild Card game
Pirates over Cardinals in NLDS
Dodgers over Braves in NLDS
Pirates over Dodgers in NLCS

World Series - Oakland over Pirates

Mea culpa!!!



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