Why give away free baseball playoff picks? Well mainly because I am a nice guy, and I really don’t think anyone would pay me for them. I did however call the Kansas City Royals all the way last year and so had a very nice profitable baseball playoff run. So with the usual note of caution about doing your own research as well, here are my free baseball playoff picks for the American League in no particular order.
Free Baseball Playoff Picks – Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are going deep, deep, all the way back to the Green Monster. Boston just looks very good and very confident at the moment. The pitching is solid, the bats are hot with a +186 run differential, and the Beantowners are cruising into the playoffs in a great groove. David “Big Papi” Ortiz is having the best HR farewell year of any retiring MLBer and already has 36 home runs. It looks like high value offseason acquisition David Price is also starting to hit his stride and is 6-0 in his last six starts.
I think the Red Sox have a good chance to win the American League Pennant and +300 seems like a fair price. They will have to get by the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians but I think they have a good shot. However, I don’t like their +600 World Series price which I think is far too lean on value. I like their chances well enough but would like to see that number closer to +800.
Baseball Playoff Best Bets – Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers are looking like a team of destiny this year and they are likely the best team on paper. The Arlington based squad won the AL West last year before an early exit to the Toronto Blue Jays in the MLB playoffs. They show every sign of making a serious run in the playoffs and have essentially already clinched the AL West.
With Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels leading the pitching staff the Rangers have a decent set of starters. They have been a bit cool lately but the bats have made all the difference. Expect the return of Korean all star Shin Shoo Choo from a broken arm which will add some oomph back in an already potent Texas lineup.
I like the Rangers a lot but my magic 8 ball mojo is waving me off stealing home. I think they are cooling down and the team won’t fire as well come October 4th. My feeling is that they may actually be upset in the first round but that might be premature. Either way, at +200 to win the AL Pennant they are way too overpriced to be worth a bet. I am not sure I like them much better at +450 to win the World Series. Bet Texas if you wish but take it game by game would be my free baseball playoff pick.
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