AL Wild Card Game: Royals over A's
I didn't like the A's giving up so much offense for Lester. I was in the minority on that, as the A's looked ahead to October. Since the trade, they have slumped terribly. The one-game playoff, the first post-season game in Kansas City in 29 years, promises to be nothing short of electric, creating a tremendous home field advantage between two evenly-balanced teams.
NL Wild Card: Pirates over Giants
I know, I know, I have a soft spot for the Pirates with the Blass book and all, but here again is a tremendous home field advantage for Pittsburgh. Plus, the Bucs have a year of experience in October and are ready to take the next move up baseball's hierarchy. The Giants have deep pitching, but won't be able to showcase it in a single elimination game. McCutchen is the x-factor.
AL Division Series: Orioles over Tigers
Tigers have no teeth to their offense and their pitching is not as strong as in past years--see Verlander. Their bullpen is shaky at best. The Orioles may not have the best pitching, either, but enough to support the most potent offensive attack in the post-steroid era.
NL Division Series: Dodgers over Cardinals
St. Louis just isn't very good and the Dodgers are riding high at the right time. Check out their line-up--and Kemp is playing as well as ever. And Kershaw and Greinke in a short series--oh my. I smell sweep.
The rest: Angels over Royals; Pirates over Nationals; Angels over Orioles; Dodgers over Pirates
The World Series will be California Dreamin' with the Dodgers and Angels.
My Pick for the World Champs for '14 is......The LA Dodgers.