Thursday, December 18, 2008

Season 10 Playoff Preview - League Championships

National League

#2 Omaha Sluggers (112-50) vs.#1 Fargo Fug Nuts (113-49)
Overview: The two best teams of the regular season from the NL face off for the right to represent the league in the World Series. From Lars point of view Omaha has the edge in the starting rotation, Fargo in the bullpen, with the lineups being evenly matched. What will probably come down to is which pitcher is the most dominating, or which one has a bad day at the wrong time. Omaha is also shooting for an unprecedented 4th consecutive World Series appearance, while the previous NL entrant Fargo is trying to make it back to the World Series for the second time. Lasr thinks that behind the arm of playoff maestro Kazuhiro Ong the Sluggers will prevail.
Prediction: Omaha in 6.

American League

#1 Scranton Dragons (107-55) vs. #6 Cleveland Steamers (90-72)
Overview: On paper this appears to be a mismatch, as Scranton bested the Steamers in the AL East by 17 games during the regular season. But the playoffs are tricky, and both teams are talented. The AL East is good playoff preparation for any team, and Cleveland has some very good veteran performers who could capitalize on it. But won the AL East, and boasts more depth and could outlast the Steamers if the series goes long. Lars thinks that the Steamers will get a few games behind Ruben Gonzalez, who is having a dynamite playoffs thus far, but that in the end Scranton will be too deep for the Steamers to handle. The only concern is that Scranton doesn't have a dominating arm who can stop a losing streak and turn the series around should it be required.
Prediction: Scranton in 7.

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