Predictions from Pittsburgh

Well technically I am not in Pittsburgh but rather in Morgantown, West Virginia. I’ve had many arguments with buddies because I say that Morgantown is a suburb of Pittsburgh. Considering it is an hour away and the citizens here are big Pittsburgh professional sports team fans. But in my eyes the Pittsburgh metropolitan area is encompassed by Morgantown. Actually come to think of it, Youngstown, OH, my summer home too is a Pittsburgh suburb. The tri-city area which I call my home is considered “Pittsburgh” in my eyes.

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You see how close the states are? Plus Pittsburgh is the heart of it all. From Morgantown to Youngstown it is only a two hour drive. Pittsburgh is the halfway meeting point between the two cities and a great meeting point at that.

Now back to what really matters here, the NLCS and ALCS.

Tonight it gets going. LA vs Philly. 

Here at WVU there are many students from Eastern, PA, big Phillies fans at that. The Fever is catching and turning Morgantown into the City of Brotherly Cheesesteaks. It really upsets me. I don’t like seeing the other MLB team in Pennsylvania getting all the pub. Not that the Pirates deserve any, it just gets under my skin that my team has never been here in quite some time. Nothing would please me more than to see the Dodgers pick apart the Phillies.

 

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He is 21 years old, a few months older than me but yet he is being called upon to notch a victory for the Dodgers. People are saying that Clayton Kershaw may be too young to make theimpact the Dodgers expect. I disagree. Kershaw has been lights out all season and his age is not a factor. 21 year olds are tough people and in the prime of their lives. Experience will not play a factor becuase talent will ultimately prevail.

 

 

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The Philies have a high potent offense lead by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez. I said before that experience really shouldn’t be a factor but these Philies have been here before and will be hungry for a repeat.

They are equally matched on the opposing side with the Dodgers.

Matt Kemp, James Loney and Andre Either make up the best lineup in my opinion. Supporting actors Rafeal Furcal, Casey Blake and Manny Ramirez add to the balanced aggressive attack.

These two teams are rather carbon copies of each other and it will be great to watch.

I give the nod to the Dodgers in six games. With decent pitching on either sides of the squads the offense will be the key. I see LA breaking out and scoring more runs.

The ALCS tells the same story.

a-rod.jpgEveryone in New York is smiling along with you Alex. He is breaking out here in the playoffs and showing power when it needs to be there. He along with Tex, Jet and Godzilla may actually see their way to the trophy for the first time in quite some time. The Evil Empire has been in a drought and this year they have shown that the wait has paid off. The team is better this year with an improved pitching staff. The threesome of C.C. A.J. and Andy-the Yankees have a full team, something we haven’t seen since the days of Boomer Wells and Bern baby Bern Williams.

 

 

 

 

 

toriihunter.jpgTorii Hunter says don’t count me out yet.

Hunter wants this playoff series more than anybody. He is a vocal leader and his passion for the game is unmatched. The entire Anaheim club wants to win in honor of #34, Nick Adenhart. The team ahs come together since the very beginning to honor their fallen rookie. Nothing will prove more fitting than an Angels World Series. They manhandles the Red Sox and are ready for the Yanks.

This series too is evenly matched. It’ll be tight all the way and I’d say at least two games will go to extra innings. In seven games the Yankees will be propelled back into the limelight to face the Dodgers in the World Series.

In Aaron Boone type fashion I can see a walkoff in game 7 by a New York player.

 

 

This postseason looks to shape up to be one that will forever go down in history. There are familiar faces and new stars to be made. What will 2009 bring to the baseball world? We’ll have to wait and see.

 

I LIVE FOR THIS

12 Comments

Matt, if this comes out anything close to what your predicting we are in for some awesome baseball! : ) I can’t wait.

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Matt,
I am hoping the NL goes just the way you brought it up.
And I think the dodgers pitching can overtake the Philly bats in those 6 games, but I would not be afraid to even say seven games by the Boys in Blue.
But I really think the AL is going to also stay on the West coast.
I think the Angels have the bats to match-up with New York, and the weather in the first two games tends to work in the L A favor. If someone did do something “magical in this series in pinstripes…………look for Nick Swisher.
For some reason I think he is the team MVP in disguise because he has done so much under the radar for the Yankees this season.
Still in 6 games in Yankee Stadium the team in red and white might walk-off with the champagne.

Great predicitons……..It is going to be fun!

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Hey Matt,
So as I read this, I was video chatting with my friend who lives in Pittsburgh, and I asked him about Morganstown and he considers it part of Pittsburgh.
Anyway, I love the faith that teams put in the babies (as I like to call them). Clay Buchholz and Daniel Bard did a fine job for the Red Sox.
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Both series are very evenly matched and should go to the end. All the possible World Series right now will be primed to finally go longer than 4 or 5 games.
http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/

I’m watching Dodgers-Phillies right now and the Dodgers are down in the 8th. I hope they come back with an Andre Ethier HR! As for Yanks-Angels, I agree that it’ll be a very competitive series. I sure hope you’re right about that walkoff in Game 7!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I live in the midwest and didn’t know that Morgantown is that close to Pittsburgh. As for the playoffs, I watched game 1 of the NLCS last night and the Phils look tough and Lidge got the save. I hope the Yankees/Angles game doesn’t get rained out tonight. I plan on staying home and watching it.
Great blog! Keep up the good work.

Ron

http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/

My prediction is the Yankees will win it all over the Dodgers.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

Good post you have here. You’re right, this postseason will come down as one of the best no matter who wins it.

Matthew Tang
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

My dream was for the Dodgers to make it to postseason. Here they are. The rest is icing on the cake.
Great entry.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

I am rooting for the Angles and Phillies. But what if C.C faced off against Cliff Lee in the WS….
http://Clevelandbaseball.mlblogs.com

What happens when you don’t want any of the four teams to win? IF I had to choose one? I’d go for the Dodgers -I have always respected Joe Torre.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Matt – congrats! The latest Leader’s list came out – with a twist – it covers the whole regular season (from 4/4-10/4) and you are #31!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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