Friday, September 26, 2008

Three Games To Decide NL Playoffs

Carlos Beltran, walk-off RBI single. Ryan Braun, walk-off Grand Slam. New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers are all even. 88-71. One game behind the NL East leading Philadelphia Phillies who sit at 89-70.

The Phillies play three games at home against the Washington Nationals. The weather should be cold and wet. With Joe Blanton, Jamie Moyer and Cole Hamels starting each of the games, I would think the Phils will take two of three. The Phillies will face some decent pitching from the Nationals, but more importantly a suddenly surging offense. 2 of 3 will give the Phils a season record of 91-71.

The Brewers play three games at home against the NL Central Champion Chicago Cubs. The weather should be great up there on Lake Michigan. The Brew Crew will have a semi-injured Jeff Suppan starting the first game followed by Dave Bush and then CC Sabathia. With the Cubbies probably resting some more players in the first game and possibly the first two games I would think the Brewers will take two of three also. Should finish the season 90-72.

The New York Mets play three games at home against the Florida Marlins. The weather should be that same cold and wet that Philadelphia will get. The Mets have Mike Pelfrey in the first game, followed by 21-year old Jonathon Niese and then Ace Johan Santana on the finale day of Shea Stadium. The Mets hit and they win. Pelfrey and Santana should give them great starts and hopefully will pitch 7+ innings. Niese is the wild card (Ha). The Mets should hope for 5 solid innings from the kid and hope that the offense gives them a lot of runs and a solid lead. If they get that on Saturday afternoon the Mets will win. They should sweep the Marlins and finish the season 91-71.

NL East Champions = NY Mets
NL Wild Card = Philadelphia Phillies
NL Out-of-Luck Team = Milwaukee Brewers