I'm pretty good at picking playoff winners, but I'll admit that baseball is not my strong suit. I went 2/4 in my division series picks and accurately predicted a Red Sox sweep. I don't think many people saw the dominance in that division round coming. It's outcomes like that that reiterate the necessity of only a best of 5 series. So now the real drama begins as 4 teams who are winning convincingly must battle it out with each other to crown a champion. Here's my picks for the 2007 League Championship Series.
NLCS Arizona Diamondbacks v. Colorado Rockies
I've been impressed with the Colorado Rockies since late in the season and their victory in the one game playoff against San Diego seemed like it was a jumping off point. They are good at playing in high pressure situations because they don't get desperate, they don't panic and they don't make a lot of mistakes. They have nothing to lose but play with a confidence that they will win each individual game. The Diamondbacks didn't really prove themselves by beating the Cubs and have yet to be really tested in a pennant race or a playoff series. The Rockies are just smoking right now and will probably win game 1 and put the Diamondbacks in a hole that they'll never climb out of.
ROCKIES IN 5
ALCS Boston Red Sox v. Cleveland Indians
This series is the main event of this round of the playoffs, two heavy hitters in the stronger league. Unlike the NL series, I don't think a lot of these games will come down to the wire. In this series I look for one team to really play the superior game on one night, and then the other team counter punches in the next game. I think it will go back and forth and the series will go long. The Indians have a lot of talent but I think the Red Sox have more weapons. They have the exprience and the home field advantage in a possible game 7. I think they will survive and go to the show once again.
RED SOX IN 7