I was about to say, kinda difficult to have a playoff with an odd number of teams
Cubs/Braves: in a 5 game set Cubs actually have a chance. Cubs added the pieces they needed and the Wood/Prior combo is strong, but they still can’t beat the Braves. Prior is definitely one of the best pitchers in the NL, but Wood gets lit up quite often. Prior also got lit up in his only matchup against ATL this year. Wood did not face ATL this year. Cubby bats don’t have a chance against ATL pitching unless Maddux starts sucking again. ATL hitting though crushed everybody this year. Look for Dusty to do something to screw it up as well. ATL over Cubs.
Marlins/Giants: There’s upset written all over here. Giants bats blow this year and unless Schmidt is gonna pitch every game Marlins are gonna take it in a short series. Mike Lowell is also back. Florida pitching staff can handle any Giants hitter. Bonds is gonna be 0-0 with IBBs everywhere since(w/o Bonds) Giants have such a crappy OBP this year. Marlins over Giants.
Oakland/Red Sox: Too bad Mulder is out or this could have been a good series. Boston bats are too hot for A’s pitching… this one is cake for Boston unless Oak can duplicate last year’s playoffs. Oak offense totally suck this year!!! Sox over Oak.
NYY/Twinkies: NYY better pitching, hitting, coaching, fans…sweep. What are the Twins, like 0-17 against the Yankees?
Marlins/Braves: 7 game series, Braves all the way, better offence and dominating pitching.
Yanks/Red Sox: Sox got the offense to match the Yanks, Pedro will have to pitch 3 games if the Sox are to have a chance. I’d still give the nod to the Yanks cuz the Sox are never gonna lift the curse, but I think it’ll be fun to watch. Yankee depth is gonna prevail again though. Plus BoSox got BKim to close against the Yanks
WS: Yanks vs ATL… same ol same ol here. Baring injury, it’s gonna be close. NYY pitcher are gonna tire down the strech, but Yanks do have home field cuz freaking Hank Blalock of all people cranked one off Gagne in the All-Star game. This is a toss up, but if it goes 7, then Yankees, less than 7 ATL.
Take it as you will, since I only follow MLB a tiny bit