Faceoff: Which team will win the World Series

By Brian Belford and Eli Gehn

Eli Gehn: So B-Ri, the MLB regular season is coming to an end, which means it’s finally time for the playoffs to begin. It looks like there are a lot of high-powered teams that are going to be in the postseason this year.

Brian Belford: Yes it does, Eli. There is a power struggle right now in the American League East, I’m not really sure who will come out of that division and make it to the playoffs, but I’m confident in that division to produce the wild card team. However, I don’t believe in the New York Yankees, and the Boston Red Sox are fading down the stretch. I think the champion from the AL may either be the Detroit Tigers or the Texas Rangers, but I could change my mind if the Red Sox start to wake up here.

EG: I definitely have to agree with you about the power struggle in the AL East. But I have to say the Detroit Tigers will trump one of those teams from the East and represent the AL in the World Series. When it comes to the NL, there’s only one team in my opinion for everyone to worry about: the Philadelphia Phillies.

BB: Ah yes, the Phillies, who have the Liberty Bell and a starting rotation straight from heaven. Yes, they have pitchers Roy “Doc” Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. They also have a dynamic infield in first baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins. But they’ve been knocked off before. I also think they’re going to have their hands full with the Atlanta Braves in the playoffs, because there is a lot of good, young talent on that team that just might be young enough not to be intimidated by the powerhouse Phillies.

EG: I really like the Rangers because they represented the AL in the World Series last year. But with two teams coming out of the AL East and the Tigers being on fire, I just can’t see the Rangers going very far despite their offensive lineup being loaded. The D-Backs have the possibility of being a sleeper team. They’re not getting much respect and teams tend to do well in the postseason when they don’t have a lot of attention.

BB: All right, let’s put this baby to sleep. I say that the Red Sox are going to wake up, realize that they are a team to be reckoned with, win the rest of their remaining games, get the wild card spot, shut down the Yankees, take the Tigers to school, and play none other than the Phillies in the World Series.

EG: Very bold prediction, my friend. I like it. Although, I can’t agree with you. When all is said and done, I got the Phillies rolling through the NL and possibly winning seven straight games in the NLDS and NLCS, most likely sweeping the Brew-Crew to go to the World Series. Depending on the outcome of the AL wild card, I have the Tigers taking on one of those teams in the ALCS, obviously depending on the seeding. But when it comes to the World Series, I’m going to take the Phillies, the city of brotherly love, to knock off the motor city, the Tigers, in five games. I just see way too many weapons from pitching to hitting with Philly.