MLB Playoff Predictions 2011

Division Playoffs:

Tampa Bay over Texas
Is there any stopping this team? On a roll and on a mission.  Maybe it was a miracle that got them into the playoffs, but they have the starting pitching to last.

Detroit over Yankees
Never has a Game 1 been so important for each Ace and each Team.  Just don’t like CC’s post-season performance historically.  Verlander has never had postseason success, but appeared only as a rookie.  If Verlander beats CC twice, can the Yanks sweep all of the other games?

Philly over St. Louis
Pujols is great; Stud Starting Pitching is greater.  St.Louis lacks the pitching firepower to stay with Halladay, Lee, et al.

Milwaukee over Arizona
Brewers pitching gets the Ks, and the Brew Crew hitters shine at home.  Milwaukee Braun over Arizona Brains.

Pennant Fever:
Detroit over Tampa Bay
Spunky Devil Rays meet Detroit’s lineup but Verlander misses too many bats for the TB lineup to recover.  But the Devil Rays have the starting pitcher depth to stay with the Phillies’ staff if they get past Detroit.

Philly over Milwaukee
Philly starters are by now clichéd for their dominance, but starting pitching does usually win.

Philly over Detroit.
There’s only one Verlander, but there are two Halladay/Lees. Not to mention Oswalt and Hamels, and, wow, just too much.

NFL 2011

National Football Conference

NFC EAST

Philadelphia
Dallas
NY Giants
Washington

 

NFC NORTH

Green Bay
Chicago
Detroit
Minnesota

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta
New Orleans (Wildcard)
Tampa Bay  (Wildcard)
Carolina

NFC WEST

St. Louis
San Francisco
Seattle
Arizona

Final Four: Atlanta, Green Bay, Philly, New Orleans

Conference Final:  Atlanta  v. Green Bay

American Football Conference

AFC EAST

New England
NY Jets  (Wildcard)
Miami
Buffalo

AFC NORTH

Pittsburgh
Baltimore (Wildcard)
Cleveland
Cincinnati

AFC SOUTH

Houston
Indianapolis
Tennessee
Jacksonville

AFC WEST

San Diego
Kansas City
Oakland
Denver

 

Final Four:  New England, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Jets

 

Conference Championship: New England v. Pittsburgh

Super Bowl:  New England v. Atlanta

 

Super Bowl Champion: Atlanta