Central -- St. Louis Cardinals (1)
West -- Los Angels Dodgers (2)
Wild Card -- Philadelphia Phillies (4)
Wild Card -- Arizona Diamondbacks (5)
Phillies 1 - DBacks 0
Cliff Lee in a one-game playoff? Yes please. The Diamondbacks won't be able to hold up, regardless how bad the Phillies offense is.
Cardinals 3 - Phillies 1
The Cardinals have a better offense and pitching, and they will advance to the National League Division Series. The Phillies offense falters here.
Nationals 3 - Dodgers 2
I am already looking forward to this series. The Nationals are one of the deepest teams in all of baseball, and they can best the Dodgers in five games.
Nationals 4 - Cardinals 2
The Cardinals cannot win the World Series for the second consecutive season for the same reason, young pitching not coming through in the clutch. The Nationals' postseason experience on their entire team wins this series in six games.
Cy Young: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
MVP: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Breakout Team: Milwaukee Brewers
National League Champion: Washington Nationals
Central -- Detroit Tigers (1)
West -- Los Angeles Angels (3)
Wild Card -- Oakland Athletics (4)
Wild Card -- Tampa Bay Rays (5)
Rays 1 -- Athletics 0
As I noted earlier by picking the Phillies with Cliff Lee, one game playoffs revolve around pitching. David Price is on the mound for the Rays. They take it.
Tigers 3 -- Rays 0
It's hard to predict sweeps, but the Tigers are in a great position to go to the World Series. With Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Anibal Sanchez, the Tigers win this series easy.
Yankees 3 -- Angels 2
This series is a rematch of the 2009 ALCS, when the Yankees went on to win the World Series. The same result occurs. Yankees take it in five.
Tigers 4 -- Yankees 2
The Yankees pitching just can't quite hold up with the Tigers. The team from Detroit takes the series in six and heads to take on the Washington Nationals in the 2014 World Series.
Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Breakout Team: Kansas City Royals
American League Champion: Detroit Tigers
The case for the Tigers: The Detroit Tigers offense might just be a little bit better then the Nationals', and they could easily defeat the team with their pitching as well. They have way more postseason experience after having played in the last three consecutive, and they are also built to win a championship as well. Their rotation is just as good as the Nationals', and they've got more star power in their lineup to perhaps beat them.