MLB Playoffs 2019: The Definitive Prediction Special Edition Exclusive

Playoff baseball starts tomorrow. The last few months of the season have been quite a lull for me. Following my roadtrip – the Giants stopped playing competitive baseball and fell out of contention. The organization has been milking the Bochy retirement for all it is worth – and now our season is over.

Just because the Giants season is over does not mean that baseball is done. We have finally made it to the playoffs. The time of the year when we get to see the best teams square off. Also, the time of the year when Mike Trout starts his vacation – because he is never in the playoffs. If he was really that good, wouldn’t the Angels be perennial contenders? That is a post for another day.

Here we go – my thoughts on each series, and who I think will win the 2019 World Series.

Wildcard Round

Brewers @ Nationals

We have Brandon Woodruff facing Max Scherzer on the mound. I am not sure if I really need to write more about this. Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the game, who else would you rather have on the mound in a win or go home situation? (Madison Bumgarner/Justin Verlander)

Nats win.

Rays @ Athletics

This is an interesting game. These are two teams I pull for year in and year out. Small budget teams able to put together consistent playoff seasons. It is really too bad that they are playing in a wildcard game. I think that playing in Oakland will be a huge advantage in this one. The fans will be electric. Marcus Semien is also one of the most underrated players in the game.

Athletics win.

Division Series

Twins @ Yankees

Two teams that hit over 300 homeruns! Can either team pitch though? The Twins are 0-5 in the playoffs against the Yankees. I think this is the year they end that streak.

Twins in 5.

Cardinals @ Braves

This is the most interesting series for me. I love both of these offenses. I think that the Cardinals have greatly underachieved this year – they have a solid mix of veteran and young bats throughout their lineup. I have been waiting for Goldschmidt to go off this season – I think that him and DeJong have a great series. The Braves have a similar mix of their own on offense, and are even more explosive with Freeman, Acuña, and Donaldson. The difference in this series is going to be the pitching – something tells me that the young arms for the Cardinals will show up – especially with Yadi behind the plate.

Cardinals in 4.

Athletics @ Astros

The Astros should sweep the Athletics. I do not see the A’s being able to take down Verlander, Cole or Greinke. Especially after burning their own ace in the Wildcard round.

Astros in 3.

Nationals @ Dodgers

The Dodgers have the experience, the pitching, the bats, the everything. The Nationals never live up to their ridiculous expectations. I give the edge to the Dodgers, especially with Scherzer not throwing game 1 for the Nats.

Dodgers in 4.

Championship Series

Twins @ Astros

The Astros are a complete baseball team, the Twins are still a few years away. The Twins will come back to earth after a big series win over the Yankees, The Astros will keep chugging along on their way to the World Series.

Astros in 5.

Cardinals @ Dodgers

The Dodgers have a better offense and a better pitching staff. I think the trio of Kershaw, Ryu, and Buehler will be hard to get past. The Cardinals are relying on a couple of young arms that are not quite experienced enough to get them over the hump.

Dodgers in 5.

World Series

Dodgers @ Astros

Oh man. A rematch of the 2017 World Series. The Dodgers will be returning for their third straight appearance, and playing to win their first title since 1988. So will this year be any different than the last two years?

Yes. I think this is where the Dodgers get over the hump. Why? They have to. This is their chance to avoid being Baseball’s Buffalo Bills. Clayton Kershaw will have an electric series and finally put to bed all of his questionable appearances in the postseason.

Dodgers in 6.

Wrap Up

For entertainment purposes – I truly hope I am wrong with my predictions. I would love a Rays vs Brewers World Series, or Braves vs Athletics World Series. I am rooting for new story lines to come out of the playoffs this year and for new stars to be born.

Who do you think will end their 2019 season in a parade?

– Buzz

Should The San Francisco Giants Trade Madison Bumgarner To The Minnesota Twins or New York Yankees?

*I know that Bumgarner is left-handed and I put his head on a right-handed body.

The San Francisco Giants are going to be sellers at the trade deadline. We knew that before the season started. As the deadline approaches I get more and more excited for the Giants to go in a new direction. I am hoping they can move as many players as they can to kickstart their rebuild.

Twins

In order to get better prospects the Giants could include Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith in the same deal. Bumgarner is the best arm available at the deadline in my opinion. Throughout his career he has thrown just over 100 IP in the post-season. In the post-season he has an 8-3 record with a 2.11 ERA. As a pitcher in the World Series he is a perfect 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA. If you are going to make a run in 2019 – this is the guy to get. Will Smith is no slouch either. He has been a dominant closer for the Giants so far this season. He is a perfect 19/19 in save opportunities with a 2.12 ERA. Both players are free agents after this season – and are essentially rentals.

With all of that being said – the Giants should still get a haul for these players. They will be huge assets to any team making a playoff push. The Twins are having a hell of a year and have a decent rotation – but it could get better. Bumgarner would provide the experience that their staff is clearly missing. They also do not have a well established closer – a role in which Smith could fill.

PlayerAgePos.ToRec.AgePosOrg. RankMLB Rank
Madison BumgarnerSPTwinsAlex Kirilloff21OF#2#13
Will SmithRPBrent Rooker241B/OF#6NR
Jorge Alcala23RHP#18NR

I have identified Alex Kirilloff, Brent Rooker and Jorge Alcala as three prospects the Giants should ask for in return. It is no secret that the Giants have had a hard time finding outfielders. Kirilloff is one of the best prospects in baseball. He is just 21 years old and could be ready for the Major Leagues by next season. Kirilloff projects to be a plus hitter with above average power.

Rooker is a 24 year old AAA player. He projects to be an average hitter with plus power. The issue with Rooker is he has had a hard time finding a position and is a below-average fielder.

Alcala is a starting pitcher with plus-plus velocity and average everything else. His downfall is his control – which is just below average.

The Giants could flip two arms that they will lose after the season – for two bats that could be in their lineup as early as 2020, and an arm with some potential.

Yankees

The New York Yankees have not won a World Series since 2009! That was almost 10 years ago. The Yankees are in their longest World Series drought of my lifetime. They need to make some moves.

Madison Bumgarner being traded to the New York Yankees just makes too much sense. This absolutely seems like a deadline deal that the Yankees would have made in the past. Can you imagine Bumgarner pitching in a Yankees-Red Sox game, how electric would that be?

PlayerAgePos.ToRec.AgePosOrg. RankMLB Rank
Madison BumgarnerSPYankeesClint Frazier24OF
Clarke Schmidt 23RHP#5NR

Clint Frazier is a player that the Yankees just don’t have room for. He deserves to get playing time somewhere else. If he came over to the Giants he would immediately be an everyday player – I think his personality would fit in great with the team as well.

Clarke Schmidt is a 23 year old starting pitcher – currently pitching for the Tampa Tarpons. He has above average stuff across the board – and was a 1st round pick in 2017.

Final Thoughts

I have no idea where Madison Bumgarner will end up. I am hopeful that the Giants will get creative and produce a respectful return for one of their all-time greats. All I know is that it is time for the Giants to move on and take this franchise in a different direction.

– Buzz