Mad Radio's ALCS Predictions and Takes

MAD Radio
October 12, 2018 - 11:46 am

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Seth: Astros in 5

  1. ​Seth likes the Astros pitching staff (top to bottom) over the Red Sox pitching staff.
  2. "The Red Sox would shove their grandmothers off of a train platform in exchange for the Astros bullpen."

 

Paul: Astros in 5

  1. ​​Paul feels like the Red Sox aren't ready for a series of this magnitude. They cruised through the regular season en route to a franchise-record 108 wins, but haven't faced a big test like this. They haven't faced a team close to the Astros' level.
  2. The Astros starting pitching is better than Boston's starting pitching. Note: Justin Verlander faces Chris Sale in Game 1, while Gerrit Cole opposes David Price in Game 2.
  3. Once the Astros get into the sixth inning, they will get into the shaky Red Sox bullpen, which will crumble quickly. 

 

Mike: Astros in 6

  1. ​​Houston's pitching was historically good this season, and that continued into the ALDS, as the Indians hit a combined .144 in the 3-game sweep. Plus, 3 of the starters are high-velocity right-handers (Verlander/Cole/Charlie Morton) which should bode well against the star-studded right-handed bats at the top of the Boston lineup.
  2. The Astros' bullpen is better than the bullpen from last season. Roberto Osuna is a superior option to Ken Giles, and Ryan Pressly has been a revelation as the main setup man. Houston is going to leave off a couple of relievers off of the ALCS roster that Boston would love to put in the bullpen. 
  3. The lineup was very good against the Indians. Playoff George Springer is back, Marwin Gonzalez was tremendous, and Carlos Correa showed some signs of life in Game 3. 
  4. When the city wins championships, the teams do it again. The Rockets, the Dynamo, and the Comets. The Astros are next in line.