They say that pitching dominates in a short series. I’ve never fully believed that, but when you can put a trio on the mound made up of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, that’s domination. That’s why we are going with the Philadelphia Phillies to be the 2010 World Series Champs.
The Phillies locked up their fourth consecutive NL East title with a tremendous September run and overcame a rash of injuries that saw all of its starters go on the DL for some time during the season. Its H2O trio of pitchers will be too much for the Reds who are entering the postseason for the first time since 1995. The Reds were the best hitting team in the National League this year, but their trio of starters cannot match up with the Phillies.
Phillies over Reds 3-1
In the other NL Divisional Series, the Giants should be too much for the Braves who struggled down the stretch with a 14-16 September record and a rash of injuries that includes Martin Prado, Jair Jurrjens, Eric O’Flaherty, and Takashi Saito. The Giants have a pretty impressive trio of starting pitchers as well with Matt Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez getting the nods in the NLDS with veteran Barry Zito moving to the pen.
Giants over Braves 3-2
The Texas Rangers will be the only visiting team to win their divisional series. I like Cliff Lee neutralizing the power of David Price in the opening matchup. And, in the history of the divisional series, the team that wins game 1 wins the series 72% of the time.
Rangers over Rays 3-2
The Minnesota Twins are facing off against their playoff nemesis, the New York Yankees, again this year. This may be the year that the Twins do it, however, as they have the home field advantage at new Target Field where they enjoyed the best record in the AL this year at 53-28. The loss of Justin Morneau hurts the Twins, but look for a big series from veteran DH Jim Thome.
Twins over Yankees 3-2
In the National League playoff, the Phillies will go back to the World Series for the third straight season thanks to a big series from Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez.
NLCS: Phillies over Giants 4-2
The Twins seem to be the team of destiny this year and Minnesota will celebrate its return to the World Series in a tight series win over the Rangers.
ALCS: Twins over Rangers 4-3
Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt will be dominant again in a series marred by significant rain delays and the coldest weather in the history of the World Series. Shane Victorino gets hot at the right time to give the Phillies their third ever World Series victory. The parade in Philadelphia exceeds the size of the parade from two years ago.
World Series: Phillies over Twins 4-1