World Series Picks – Handicapping the ALDS/NLDS MLB Playoffs Odds

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The 2011 MLB playoffs schedule is set to take flight on Friday, and here at Cappers Info, we’ve got all of our MLB playoffs picks for the ALDS and the NLDS that you aren’t going to want to miss out on!

ALDS MLB Playoffs Picks: Tampa Bay Rays (+150 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Texas Rangers: It’s payback time for the Rays. Last year, Texas was the underdog team against the Rays, and it pulled off the great upset en route to the 2010 World Series. The pitching advantages in this series are going to vary greatly from game to game. Tampa Bay is outdone in Game 1 with CJ Wilson going against Jeff Niemann, but when it’s time for David Price and James Shields to get on the bump, it’s a totally different game. These two offenses seem like night and day, but Tampa Bay just has that “clutch” factor to it. Form at the end of the season is crucial, and it’s clear that the Rays are hot. Texas… not so much. This is a fantastic price on a team that is very evenly matched with its foe. ALDS Predictions: Tampa Bay Rays in 5

ALDS MLB Playoffs Picks: New York Yankees (-145 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Detroit Tigers: It is truly easy to see why the Tigers are happy about this matchup at this point and why MLB betting fans are making picks on them left and right. Justin Verlander who, without a doubt was the best player in baseball this year, is going to be on the mound twice. Sure, both of those games are probably going to be in the Bronx, and both are going to come against CC Sabathia, but both games are definitely winnable fixtures. The problem is if one of those games are lost, we just don’t see how the Tigers are going to be taking two out of three against New York in any situation. Verlander might win one game in this series, but he won’t get the job done for the long run for this team. ALDS Predictions: New York Yankees in 4

NLDS MLB Playoffs Picks: Milwaukee Brewers (-150 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Remember when the Brewers were the team that shocked the world and snuck into the back end of the playoffs a few years ago with CC Sabathia dealing out complete games left and right? It wasn’t a long postseason stint for the Brew Crew that year, and we tend to think that this is the same situation that the Diamondbacks are going to be in. Ian Kennedy is the only hope that Arizona truly has, and we just don’t like his situation going against Milwaukee on the road. Miller Park was a house of horrors for opponents this year, and that 54-27 record is going to stand up. Home field advantage didn’t mean more to any other team this year than the Brewers, and they’ll jump out to the 2-0 series lead and never look back. NLDS Predictions: Milwaukee Brewers in 3

NLDS MLB Playoffs Picks: Philadelphia Phillies (-280 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Normally speaking, you don’t lay -280 in a short series like this one unless you think that there is no conceivable way that the team can lose the series. We do see a possibility though, since Albert Pujols is closing out a contract season and might be ready to channel his inner-Carlos Beltran circa 2005 to get the job done. However, when push comes to shove, we just can’t go against this pitching staff. Roy Halladay has pitched one of the two no hitters in baseball history in the playoffs, Roy Oswalt has a 5-1 playoff record, Cliff Lee has been remarkable over the course of the last two postseasons, and Cole Hamels was the World Series MVP in 2008. Sure, the Phils don’t have that much of a bullpen, but neither do the Cardinals. Maybe St. Louis takes one game against one of these aces, but in the end, there’s just no way that it is taking three out of five with Pujols and the offense going absolutely nuts. NLDS Predictions: Philadelphia Phillies in 4

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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