Tigers look for success in third consecutive postseason


Katie Wolf

Paws waits in anticipation at the tigers game.

As the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to fall, Major League Baseball’s best teams will assemble for the MLB Postseason. So what do we predict?

The National League Divisional Series will occur between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves; while the St. Louis Cardinals await the winner of the wild card, either the Pittsburgh Pirates or the Cincinnati Reds.

The Atlanta Braves are poised to be a match- up against the Dodgers and with strong starting pitching, a heavy lineup, and All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, the Braves seem ready to top Kershaw and the Dodgers to get to the Championship Series.

Despite Pittsburgh taking a wild card spot, Junior Weylin Frisbee believes they are the best team in the playoffs.

“The Pirates are due, first time in 34 years!” said Frisbee.

With a strong rotation anchored by Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals will face off against the National League’s wild card winner. However, with a deep lineup and bullpen, the Cardinals will pull out a win in the series and advance to the National League Championship.

In the American League, the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will play in a 2012 ALDS rematch, as the Boston Red Sox await the winner of the wild card game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians.

After falling short of winning the Fall Classic last season, the Tigers, with the most productive lineup in the Majors anchored by Miguel Cabrera, will top Coco Crisp and the Athletics to advance to the American League Championship Series.

“If Detroit doesn’t win it all, it’s a bust,” said junior Andres Ulla.

The resurgent Red Sox will take on either the Rays or the Indians. Both Cleveland and Tampa have had great seasons, yet they will not be able to defeat the well-rounded Red Sox.

“The Sox are built to win. I don’t think there’s anyone who can beat them,” said sophomore Jake Wolf.

The 2013 MLB postseason should not disappoint anyone, and will be full of the kind of surprises only baseball can create.