2016 MLB Playoff Picks: Who Wins the 2016 World Series?
[lead align=”default”]It’s the question we all want answered: Will Trump or Hillary win? This article, however, is about 2016 MLB playoff picks and the second-most asked question: who wins the World Series?[/lead]
Ten teams, one dream. It’s not easy to be one of the clubs to get this far, but all have an equal opportunity to win a title. In some respects, it is a difficult decision.
We start our 2016 MLB playoff picks with the wild card games, beginning tonight in the Great White North.
2016 MLB Playoff Picks: AL Wild Card Game
The Blue Jays-Orioles season series was about as close as it gets: 10-9 in favor of Toronto. These teams have nothing to hide from one another and this figures to be a real bare-knuckle fight.
Toronto has the benefit of the home game. Anything can happen in one game, but Baltimore is a mediocre road team. Toronto won their fair share at home, yet were far from the best in that department. The Jays are 6-4 at the Rogers Centre against the O’s this year.
As in every baseball game ever played, it comes down to the pitching. Baltimore has the edge with Chris Tillman going, and the O’s bullpen looks solid. Tillman is better on the road this season with a 2.97 ERA. If Baltimore gets Zach Britton a lead, that’ll do it.
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2016 MLB Playoff Picks: NL Wild Card Game
Few National League teams are as hot as the New York Mets. Few pitchers are as good as Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants. This game features a marquee pitching matchup, with the Mets tossing Noah Syndergaard.
San Francisco wins the World Series every other year, so that’s a consideration (if only half serious), but the Mets have more recent postseason experience. They persevered through injuries and ups-and-downs to get where they are.
Recent history (as in, past seasons) aside, the Mets are the better team right now. As for San Francisco, it was a miserable second half and they’re a .500 team since September. Were it not for a four-game win streak to end the season, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs at all. It’s not hard to see the Giants winning, but go with the Mets as the hotter team.
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