RBI Staff Makes Their Picks for 2010 MLB Playoffs

It’s hard NOT to talk baseball when you work in a baseball environment 365 days per year as the staff at RBI does.  I took a poll on the RBI Staff’s thoughts on what teams would still be standing at the end of the 2010 season and here’s what I got…

PAUL RAPPOLI

AL EAST: Boston Red Sox, AL CENTRAL: Chicago White Sox, AL WEST: Texas Rangers, AL WILD CARD: New York Yankees  NL EAST: Philadelphia Phillies, NL CENTRAL: St. Louis Cardinals, NL WEST: Colorado Rockies, NL WILD CARD: New York Mets

AL CHAMPION: Boston Red Sox, NL CHAMPION: Philadelphia Phillies

WORLD SERIES PREDICTION: RED SOX IN 7.  Pitching, pitching and more pitching carries the Red Sox this season, their offense is well above average so they’ll score plenty of runs.  Their biggest challenge will come from the Yankees these two teams wear each other out.  In the national league I’d like to pick someone other than the Phillies but with the addition of Roy Halladay (my CY Young pick in the NL) they’ll be too tough for the rest of the minor league circuit in the NL.  The Sox will win the World Series in Seven.  With Lester winning two games and taking the MVP.  You heard it here first!!

CHRIS WELCH

AL EAST: Boston Red Sox, AL CENTRAL: Chicago White Sox, AL WEST: Seattle Mariners, AL WILD CARD: New York Yankees  NL EAST: New York Mets, NL CENTRAL: Chicago Cubs, NL WEST: Arizona Diamondbacks, NL WILD CARD: Philadelphia Phillies

AL CHAMPION: Boston Red Sox, NL CHAMPION: Arizona Diamondbacks

CHRIS’ WORLD SERIES PREDICTION, RED SOX IN 4: This year will come down to one thing, health for the pitching staff.   The Red Sox and Yankees are the clear front runners and the team that can keep their starting rotation intact for the longest and be healthy for the playoffs will win it all.  The Sox acquisition of John Lackey will prove to be the biggest pickup the Sox have made in years and with Daniel Bard as an insurance policy if Pap were to ever get hurt the Sox are a team built for the playoffs.  Having Tek in the dugout for 162 games will ensure that these pitchers are at the top of their game every night and will allow Victor Martinez to concentrate on what he does best, hit.  The Sox also have the deepest bench they have had in years and that will prove valuable in the playoffs.  In the National League, Arizona finds themselves in a weak division this year and once Webb comes back I think they will have the most balanced team in the NL.  But come playoff time there isn’t an NL team built to withstand the firepower of the Yankees or Red Sox.   Sox in 4.

JOE BREEN

AL EAST: New York Yankees, AL CENTRAL: Chicago White Sox, AL WEST: Los Angeles Angels, AL WILD CARD: Boston Red Sox  NL EAST: Philadelphia Phillies, NL CENTRAL: St. Louis Cardinals, NL WEST: Los Angeles Dodgers, NL WILD CARD: San Francisco Giants

AL CHAMPION: Boston Red Sox, NL CHAMPION: San Francisco Giants

JOE’S WORLD SERIES PREDICTION, RED SOX IN 6: Many familiar faces will still be there at the end of the 2010 season.  All these playoff teams have great pitching depth and this will be the year that San Francisco gets over the hump.  The Giants have a great mix of stellar young pitching in Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Zito, proven young positional players with a few veterans to help lead the way.  The Red Sox have far too much experience in their rotation and throughout their lineup for the Giants to overcome…Red Sox in 6.

VINCE DiIORIO

AL EAST:Boston Red Sox , AL CENTRAL: Chicago White Sox, AL WEST: Los Angeles Angels, AL WILD CARD: New York Yankees NL EAST: Philadelphia Phillies, NL CENTRAL: St. Louis Cardinals, NL WEST: Colorado Rockies, NL WILD CARD: Atlanta Braves

AL CHAMPION: Boston Red Sox, NL CHAMPION: Philadelphia Phillies

VINCE’S WORLD SERIES PREDICTION, PHILLIES IN 7:  As bad as the National League is, the champ will come from the NL East.  It is the Phillies, and everybody else this year in the NL.  They have the pitching to prevent runs, and the offense to provide them.  I do like the Red Sox to come out of the AL, but their pitching staff will be on fumes after a couple grueling series to get them their.  It won’t be easy, but Phils in 7!

PAUL “PAPA” RAPPOLI, SR

AL EAST: Boston Red Sox , AL CENTRAL: Detroit Tigers, AL WEST: Texas Rangers, AL WILD CARD: New York Yankees NL EAST: Philadelphia Phillies, NL CENTRAL: St. Louis Cardinals, NL WEST: Colorado Rockies, NL WILD CARD: Los Angeles Dodgers

AL CHAMPION: Boston Red Sox, NL CHAMPION: Philadelphia Phillies

PAPA’S WORLD SERIES PREDICTION: PHILLIES IN 6

JERRY ANZALONE

AL EAST: Boston Red Sox, AL CENTRAL: Minnesotta Twins, AL WEST: Los Angeles Angels, AL WILD CARD: New York Yankees, NL EAST: Philadelphia Phillies, NL CENTRAL: St. Louis Cardinals, NL WEST: San Francisco Giants, NL WILD CARD: Los Angeles Dodgers

AL CHAMPION: New York Yankees, NL CHAMPION: Philadelphia Phillies

JERRY’S WORLD SERIES PREDICTION: Phillies in 6

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4 Responses to RBI Staff Makes Their Picks for 2010 MLB Playoffs

  1. Chris Welch says:

    I’m always right about these picks, money in the bank!

  2. matt leftyphenom d. says:

    r u kidding me welchie? Rockies in the West! playing a doubleheader this sunday morning at portsmouth, r.i., highschool; just a texas leaguer, can of corn, baltimore chop, etc. from your house.

  3. chall says:

    Chall’s Calls are in!
    Al East: Yankees Nl East: Phillies
    Al Central: Twins Nl Central: Cardinals
    Al West: Angels Nl West: Giants
    Al Wild Card : Red Sox Nl Wild Card: Rockies
    World Series: Yankees Vs Phillies
    Winner: Phillies in 6
    Unless the Red Sox get another bat, there are no teams in the AL or Nl that can compete with the Yankees and Phillies!

  4. Chall says:

    Chris Welch-
    That is foolish to think the Diamondbacks are going to be in a weak division. This isn’t the NBA where .500 teams make the playoffs. Two teams from the NL west made the playoffs last year and every team in the division (Besides the Padres) have got better. It seems like you took the NL Central and pulled a team out of a hat because the Cubs winning that division is about as good as me winning a game of call of duty. Thank you and have a good night!

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