2015 MLB Postseason Predictions: League Championship Series
The Divisional round of the 2015 MLB playoffs are over and four teams are now left to decide who will represent each league in the 2015 World Series. In the AL, the Blue Jays will face the Kansas City Royals while in the NL it’s the youthful Cubs and Mets battling it out for the right to win it all.
The Blue Jays narrowly avoided a disastrous postseason beating the Texas Rangers in a decisive Game 5. The Rangers won the first two games on the road, but then lost three straight to a Toronto team that just wouldn’t quit. In the final game, things looked bleak for the Blue Jays as they went down to the Rangers on a weird play. But they fought back and won thanks in large part to a monstrous home run from Jose Bautista.
The Royals also struggled in their Divisional Series matchup against the Houston Astros. Houston gave Kansas City all they could handle but Johnny Cueto pitched a masterpiece Game 5 to send the Royals to the next round. Now they face a Toronto team that will be attempting to make it to the World Series for the first time since the early 1990’s.
I have always felt all along however that the Kansas City Royals were going to be the team to represent the American League in the World Series. They seemed destined to return to the championship series after falling short last year. I believe the Royals will win the series, but it will take all seven games as the Blue Jays offense will be a huge problem for the Royals to overcome. But, with their pitching, they will win and advance.
Winner: Kansas City Royals
I don’t believe anyone would have predicted when the season began that the Cubs and Mets would be the two teams representing the NL in the League Championship Series. The Cubs took out the “model franchise” St. Louis Cardinals in four games and looked really good in doing so. Their pitching has been some of the best in the postseason and their offense has come alive at just the right time.
If any other team has had better postseason pitching, it may be the New York Mets. Their young rotation has been nearly perfect and helped the team to eliminate the team with the highest payroll in baseball, the Dodgers. The Mets went from having another horrible to season to possible World Series team in a very short time.
And I believe that the Mets will be in the World Series. I like Chicago a lot and I admire what that team did this season. They will be good for a long time. But I think that in a series, New York’s rotation has the advantage and that will propel the Mets over the Cubs. Arrieta is a great pitcher, but the Mets have more quality starters and a bullpen that knows what they need to do. I will take the Mets in six games.
Winner: New York Mets
Daryl Karpinski, Jr.