Posted by emfleek
It's all about pitching.
Cardinals vs. Yankees
Yankees in 7
Home field advantage could be pretty big for the Yanks, if they make it to the Series. That aside, I like St. Louis' SP trio better than New York's. And if the Red Sox can reverse their recent form, they could beat New York in the ALCS (they look better on paper, but have played like crap lately).
Detroit doesn't quite need a miracle to beat New York, although I haven't followed their pitching rotation closely enough to see if they could get Verlander and/or Jackson to pitch twice. 3 starts in 5 games out of those two is their best shot at an upset. The Angels should lose the ALDS to Boston, like they do every year...
Philadelphia stepped up to the buffet of mediocre teams during the regular season, and barely had a winning record against good teams. Colorado has finished the season strong, which I think tends to bode well for the playoffs, although the Dodgers have superior pitching and their lineup is only marginally inferior to the Rocks'.
Both NL West teams do much better against righties, which means they might actually prefer to see St. Louis in the NLDS. Philly's rotation is loaded with southpaws, and if Lee and Hamels can find the clutch, they could be a 7-inning lawnmower against the Dodgers or Rockies. I haven't looked at the left/right splits, but Tulowitzki is CO's only dangerous right-handed hitter, and James Loney and Andre Ethier are both lefties. St Louis has a couple of good lefties in the bullpen, though, which makes late-game situational matchups better for them. Either way, I see St. Louis over Philly in the NLCS.
As an aside, I noticed that Albert Pujols led St. Louis in steals, in addition to games played, plate appearances, hits, doubles, homers, runs, and RBI.