As we near the end of May and enter June, some MLB teams are making their voices heard and talent taken note of. Some teams have surprised, some have lived up to expectations, others have just been really bad. It is early in the season, but at this point the future of teams can be somewhat predictable given they don't run into any injury problems.
Although the season is young, it is always fun to predict how the playoffs and World Series will pan out for the 2017 season. Using a team's roster talent, gameplay, and record 45 games into the season, here are my way too early playoff predictions.
Wild Card Game: Orioles over Mariners 1-0
The Mariners have enough depth once players return from the DL to snap the 15-year long playoff drought, but the Orioles have more weapons in their lineup, and their bullpen has far more talent than the M's pen, which could be the difference in a one-game playoff scenario.
ALDS: Yankees over Indians 3-2, Astros over Orioles 3-0
The Yankees are beginning to look like the favorite to win the AL East with young star power coming from Aaron Judge and Starlin Castro. The Indians on the other hand are not playing like the World Series team they were last year. The Astros are the early number one in the majors this year and look unstoppable. The Orioles are in for a world of hurt and get swept by the Astros here, come October.
ALCS: Astros over Yankees 4-3
This matchup would make the ALCS a joy to watch, and this series could easily go six or seven games. Matching up the Astros have the upper hand on pitching and hitting, and while the Yankees are a great team this season, the Astros are just a little better.
Wild Card Game: Dodgers over Brewers 1-0
The Brewers are off to a hot start this year, and have a bunch of young talent on the roster, but leading the NL Central is a tough task to take on. The Dodgers will prove they are a better team come a one game playoff with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
NLDS: Rockies over Cubs 3-2, Nationals over Dodgers 3-1
My first major upset in the playoffs will be the reigning World Series champs getting their throne taken away in the ALDS by the Rockies, a team that looks good on paper and even better on the field through the first quarter of the year. On the other side the Nationals will handle the Dodgers easily, look for a sweep here.
NLCS: Nationals over Rockies 4-2
Even though both of these teams are good enough to make it to the NLCS, it will still be a David versus Goliath story with the Nationals being the Goliath of the NL. The Rockies will fill the series with good games and take two or three this series but the Nationals hit like they play in Coors Field even when they aren't there at all.
World Series: Nationals over Astros 4-3
This World Series will be one for the record books. Two great pitching staffs, two great batting lineups, two great defenses. This matchup screams game 7. The Astros are built to hit the ball all over (and out of) the park, and the pitching staff can make any team look silly this year, but with Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman having career years and the pitching staff being fully healthy and playing lights out come October, the Nationals are the more dominant team and win the 113th edition of the Fall Classic.
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