Also, on a somewhat related note, I believe that the playoffs are a crapshoot and that there isn’t a real method to pick who will win the whole thing. Just getting in is enough that any team, from that point, can win it. However, I just realized that I never published my postseason predictions here. So, without further ado (since they’re already a week late), my predictions for the 2011postseason.
Rays over Rangers
Reason: I figured that the Rays were in the tougher division, so their record might be misleading, and I figured they were the most likely of the underdogs to win. Obviously, that worked out.
Yankees over Tigers
Reason: The Yankees were the stronger team. That was pretty much it. Again, you can see how that worked out.
Brewers over Diamondbacks
Reason: As someone who’s team ran into the Brewers a lot, I knew they were a strong team. The Diamondbacks looked solid in every category, but the Brewers still seemed to beat them in most categories (except defense).
Cardinals over Phillies
Reason: I’m a Cardinals fan. That’s pretty much it. The last time I didn’t actually pick the Cardinals to win a series was 2006, and we can see how that turned out. All of my reasons they would win this year started with “If they can...”, but I still picked them.
Yankees over Rays
Reason: Again, I was going with the best team; it just seemed to make sense. The Yankees had a better record over the whole season, so they would continue to show that. (With the real match-up, I would have gone with the Rangers, again because the Rangers have a slightly better record in a slightly harder division.)
Cardinals over Brewers
Reason: Again, blatant homerism.
Cardinals over Yankees (or Rangers, now)
Reason: See NLCS