Saturday, January 29, 2011

Playoff Preview

AL 1st Round

(4) Buffalo Lebowskis v. (5) Arizona Sun Dogs:  Despite owner kickdrum1218’s declaration back on 12/31/10 of “that is my final game ever on whatifsports” Buffalo won 9 of their last 14 to hold off Montreal Blame Canada and the Fargo Flockers to lock up the AL North.  Buffalo is led on offense by the monster that is Lew Evans and young star Jaime Byrne.  Veteran Mark Martin anchors a young, talented staff.  The Sun Dogs despite being the lower seed had a better regular season record than Buffalo.  Arizona’s potent offense is led by future 1st ballot Hall of Famers Omar Castillo and breakout star Mariano Torrealba and their staff is anchored by Cy Young candidate Sean Shea.  Prediction: Arizona in 4.

(3) Syracuse Psychos v. (6) Montgomery Minute Men:  Syracuse had its 12 season streak of playoff appearances snapped last year, but owner gydk would not be denied this year with his 12th AL East Divisional title.  Led by Arod legends Roy Bell, Jack Redmond and the best staff in the AL this year Syracuse promises to be a tough out.  The Minute Men limped into the wild card playing .500 ball over their last 20 games; however any team that can put Carlos Valdes, Jaret Walters and Jeremy James in the heart of their lineup is scary.  Prediction: Syracuse in 5.

NL 1st Round

(4) Iowa City Rounders v. (5) Tacoma Downriggers:  Iowa owner Ahsowhat makes his 2nd straight playoff appearance on the back of excellent team defense and a uber-talented young pitching staff led by future Cy Young winner Gio Hernandez and young guns Clinton Puffer, Bruce Mullens and Paul Merrick.  That said, in Tacoma, Iowa is facing arguably the finest defensive team in the league as holer makes a triumphant return to the ARod world after seeing his franchise mishandled by a forever to be forgotten owner.  Tacoma will go as far as its defense and pitching can take them.  Prediction: Iowa in 4.

(3) Burlington Booya v. (6) New Orleans Pelicans: We’ve got a classic battle of pitching/defense (103 + plays for Burlington) v. offense (N.O.) as tmantom3285 makes his first playoff appears since joining the world in season 14.  He’s got big shoes to fill as this franchise won 5 of the first 7 World Series titles here!!  $28.8 million dollar man J.D. Schneider headlines a deep staff for the Booya.  The Pelicans makes their 7th straight post-season appearance riding the stick of probably NL MVP Frank Robbins.  Can gjd13 add another WS title too his trophy case?  Prediction:  New Orleans in 5.

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