MLB Predictions: ALCS and NLCS

The MLB divisional series have wrapped up and the four teams heading to the ALCS and NLCS have dominated this post season. Can the Astros get by the Red Sox for a chance to repeat? Will the Brewers find their way to the World Series for the first time since 1982?

NLCS:  Los Angeles Dodgers versus Milwaukee Brewers

The Dodgers enter after a 92-71 season and a three games to one victory over the Braves in the divisional round. They take on a Brewers team that won 96 games during the regular season and swept the Rockies in the divisional series. Both teams were 45-37 at home and the Dodgers edged the Brewers four games to three during the regular season. Milwaukee holds a +29 to +26 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “burning hot down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Both teams were among the most unstable during the regular season according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. This means it’s best to take favorite/underdog status lightly in this series. The Dodgers have the most post season experience, which means a lot this time of year. In a match up that is quite even, that could be the key. Look for the Dodgers to advance to the World Series in a hard fought six or seven game series.

ALCS:  Houston Astros versus Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox dominated in the regular season from start to finish, winning 108 games. They are looking to make their 15th World Series appearance and last appeared in 2013, when they won their eighth title. Houston won 103 during the regular season and are the defending champions.  Boston took down the Yankees in four games in the divisional round, while the Astros swept the Indians. Both teams are “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Houston holds a +28 to +25 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator.  Both teams are among the most stable in the league according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. During the regular season, the Astros won four of the seven meetings. Home field may not be an advantage for Boston, despite going 57-24 during the regular season because Houston was identical on the road.  This series is basically a coin toss and one I would be hesitant to bet on. If I had to go with a hunch, ride with the Red Sox in a seven game series decided by a single run in the last game.

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