Let’s start with a World Series prediction for the National League. The Machine’s Picks nominates the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL division win, and not just because Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are poised to make post-season history. (It’s like Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson all over again.) No, the reasons the Dodgers will make it to the World Series are myriad. Their lineup is deep with a bunch of hotshots for Mattingly to choose from. The batters know how to chip away at even the best pitchers, and they can grind out the runs—as we’ve seen them do all year long. And they just seem to have an answer for everything: Ethier for right-handed pitchers, Utley for some quick RBIs, even Pederson in a pinch. (Yes, Joc’s still a Dodger.) The Los Angeles Dodgers have what it takes to get them to the World Series.
In the American League, however, the World Series prediction falls on the Toronto Blue Jays. With over 897 runs, not only have the Blue Jays had an indubitably powerful season, but Toronto has also led the majors in home runs, extra-base hits, OB%, BBs, OPS, and slugging. No other team even comes close to the offensive records they’ve achieved. Meanwhile, their pitching staff is strong: Price, Estrada, Verlander, and Dickey have all been putting up great numbers in the regular, and three of the four will be on the mound in the post-season. And to add insult to injury, Marcus Stroman returns to pitch a sterling 4-0 after reconstructive knee surgery, and he’ll continue to shine in the coming games. The Blue Jays will be in the World Series, without a doubt.
Which leaves us with the last MLB World Series winner: Who will win? The Machine believes that the Toronto Blue Jays will win the series in four. The Dodgers will manage a single win at home, but there’s little hope that they will be able to handle the “sawmill” known as the Blue Jays’ lineup for the duration of the series.
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