MLB ALCS & NLCS Preview

Here is our preview of the 2013 Championship Series’ for both leagues:

ALCS

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Game 1: Detroit at Boston, Tomorrow on Fox/ESPN Radio, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
Anibal Sanchez vs. Jon Lester
Game 2: Detroit at Boston, Sunday on Fox/ESPN Radio, 8:15 PM ET/5:15 PM PT
Max Scherzer vs. Clay Buchholz
Game 3: Boston at Detroit, Tuesday on Fox/ESPN Radio, 4 PM ET/1 PM PT
John Lackey vs. Justin Verlander
Game 4: Boston at Detroit, Wednesday on Fox/ESPN Radio, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
Jake Peavy vs. Doug Fister
*Game 5: Boston at Detroit, Thursday on Fox/ESPN Radio, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
*Game 6: Detroit at Boston, October 19 on Fox/ESPN Radio, 4:30 ET or 8 ET
*Game 7 : Detroit at Boston, October 20 on Fox/ESPN Radio, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT

* if necessary
Fox Announcers: Joe Buck/Tim McCarver//Ken Rosenthal//Erin Andrews
ESPN Radio Announcers: Jon Sciambi/Chris Singleton
ALCS on Fox Studio Team: Matt Vasgergian/Harold Reynolds/Michael Cuddyer

Storylines:

  • Last night in Game 5 in Oakland, Justin Verlander was fantastic. 8 innings, 10 strikeouts, only the one walk, and two hits allowed – none until the 7th inning. Put him with AL Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and even Doug Fister and Rick Porcello? This is when pitching wins championships. It’s going to be tough for any lineup to get past this rotation.
    David Ortiz ALDS
  • The Red Sox escaped a real tough series against the Tampa Bay Rays, led by David “Big Papi” Ortiz, who was 5-13 with five walks, two HR and 3 RBI. This series will pit him against the Tigers own star sluggers, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, who combined to go 10-38 (.263) with only 1 HR and 3 RBI.
  • Similar enough to the NLCS, you’ve gotta think that MLB and Fox are loving this. Red Sox Nation will be tuned in, and marketers and media professionals will be able to capitalize on stars like Cabrera, Verlander, Ortiz, Fielder and dynamic personalities like Leyland and all of the hairy men who play in Fenway.
  • Can Koji Uehara continue his dominance in the ALCS after pitching 3.0 innings in 3 games and earning 2 saves in the ALDS?
  • In the managerial comparison, you’ve gotta give an edge to Jim Leyland – a two-time pennant winner and 1997 World Series champion who has amassed over 1,700 regular season wins – over John Farrell, who only just won his first postseason series.

Picks: Dylan – Tigers in 6. Joe – Tigers in 7

NLCS

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Game 1: Los Angeles at St. Louis, Today on TBS/ESPN Radio, 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT
Zach Greinke vs. Joe Kelly
Game 2: Los Angeles at St. Louis, Tomorrow on TBS/ESPN Radio, 4 PM ET/1 PM PT
Clayton Kershaw vs. Michael Wacha
Game 3: St. Louis at Los Angeles, Monday on TBS/ESPN Radio, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
Adam Wainwright vs. TBA
Game 4: St. Louis at Los Angeles, Tuesday on TBS/ESPN Radio, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
*Game 5: St. Louis at Los Angeles, Wednesday on TBS/ESPN Radio, 4 PM ET/1 PM PT
*Game 6: Los Angeles at St. Louis, October 18 on TBS/ESPN Radio, 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT
*Game 7: Los Angeles at St. Louis, October 19 on TBS/ESPN Radio, 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT

* if necessary
TBS Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Jr./Ron Darling/Cal Ripken//Craig Sager
ESPN Radio Announcers: Dan Shulman/Orel Hershiser
NLCS on TBS Studio Team: Keith Olbermann/Tom Verducci/Pedro Martinez/Gary Sheffield

Storylines:

  • This is the 3rd consecutive season that the St. Louis Cardinals have advanced past the division series round, and more and more they are being talked about as one of the “model franchises” in Major League Baseball. It’s hard to disagree with this too much, as they’ve overcome the managerial change from Tony Larussa to Mike Matheny, the majority of their roster is homegrown, and they add the right pieces in the market.
  • St. Louis vs. Los Angeles means we have a battle between passionate fanbases in large markets, something that I’m sure Major League Baseball and the media covering these games are quite happy about.
  • For my money, the Dodgers rotation is really one of the best we’ve seen in the postseason in a little while. This isn’t to take anything away from the Cardinals, who have talented starters as well. But when you have Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu and even Ricky Nolasco, that’s still a very powerful punch.
  • Remember when Don Mattingly was on the hot seat? Yeah, that was certainly a little while ago. One has to figure that Dodgers management is pretty pleased with him leading them to the NLCS, just four wins away from their first pennant since 1988.
  • The Cards will be counting on their big names – Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran – to continue their hot hitting from the NLDS. But another key contributor was big boy Matt Adams, who was 6-19 with a double, HR and 2 RBI.
    Matt Adams NLDS
  • The Dodgers packed a real offensive punch in the NLDS, with four players standing out: Yasiel Puig, Juan Uribe, Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez, who combined to go 28-66 (.424) with 6 HR and 17 RBI. This is certainly something else that those running the Dodgers must be glad to see, with their big stars contributing when it counts.

Picks: Dylan – Dodgers in 7. Joe – Dodgers in 6.

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About Dylan Jenkins

I'm a proud Seattlite currently living in Queens, NY. Outside of sports, I enjoy crime dramas - specifically police procedurals - as well as a wide range of music, everything from Top 40 to Iron & Wine, Bob Dylan & Rogue Wave. I am a cat person, which is to say I'm a human who enjoys felines. I have a tremendous sweet tooth that isn't very discerning, and I refuse to observe a number of unwritten social rules.
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