MLB playoff predictions: Sporting Information specialists make picks for 2022 postseason bracket, World Sequence

Precisely six months after Opening Day, baseball’s second season begins. The 2022 MLB playoffs have arrived with a brand new format and extra groups, and, hopefully, much more drama and pleasure.

(That is how baseball math works, proper?)

The additions of Wild Card Sequence and byes for many division winners deliver a brand new wrinkle to the postseason, and it opens the door for every kind of storylines and narratives.

MORE: Rating all 12 playoff groups by their possibilities of successful the World Sequence

All of us suppose we’ve a fairly good thought of how issues will unfold, however baseball normally has its personal plans. Predicting October outcomes is a enjoyable however foolish train as a result of we by no means appear to study our lesson about baseball’s unpredictable postseason temperament. 

However, in fact, we will predict stuff anyway. Listed below are the 2022 postseason predictions from The Sporting Information’ baseball workers.

Ryan Fagan, senior MLB author

Nationwide League predictions

Wild card

  • Cardinals over Phillies
  • Padres over Mets

NLDS

  • Braves over Cardinals
  • Dodgers over Padres

NLCS

American League predictions

Wild card

  • Mariners over Blue Jays
  • Guardians over Rays

ALDS

  • Astros over Mariners
  • Guardians over Yankees

ALCS

World Sequence prediction: Braves over Astros

Ideas: 

— As a lot as I hate choosing a rematch, the Braves and Astros simply look so very robust and it is easy to see it occurring. The query, in fact, is which group has this 12 months’s Eddie Rosario or Jorge Soler, the great gamers who play like Corridor of Fame gamers within the October highlight. Ready for these unlikely heroes to emerge is a part of the enjoyable of the postseason.

— I perceive the drama, however I am so glad MLB ditched the one-game wild-card “sequence” in favor of a setup that is extra “baseball” … your entire season is comprised of a cavalcade of three-game sequence, so it is sensible that October has one, too. This one simply has a bit extra significance.

— I kinda love the condensed LCS schedules, with out the off-day between Video games 5 and 6. What meaning is the 2 groups will play 5 days in a row, inserting much more significance on pitching depth, particularly rotation depth, and giving an edge to the deeper, extra well-balanced groups.

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Jason Foster, senior MLB editor

Nationwide League predictions

Wild card

  • Cardinals over Phillies
  • Mets over Padres

NLDS

  • Braves over Cardinals
  • Dodgers over Mets

NLCS

American League predictions

Wild card

  • Mariners over Blue Jays
  • Guardians over Rays

ALDS

  • Astros over Mariners
  • Yankees over Guardians

ALCS

World Sequence prediction: Braves over Astros

Ideas: 

— Will the 4 elite groups (Dodgers, Astros, Braves, Mets) blow by the competitors or will a number of of them get bounced early? On paper, there actually is a stark distinction between these 4 groups and the remainder of the sphere. However in October, paper is nugatory. Alongside these strains …

— I am most wanting ahead to the surprises. Which group will shock everybody with a long term? (Hiya, Guardians) Which participant(s) will unexpectedly go nuclear and carry their group(s) to glory? What defining, historic second will occur between now and early November? For this reason we watch. 

— Will the groups with byes present any rust when the division sequence begin? Getting break day to relaxation and set rotations would appear to be an enormous profit, however 5 days off is a very long time between video games. Will the down time make it tougher to “flip it on” once more? That is uncertain, however you by no means know.

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Edward Sutelan, content material producer

Nationwide League predictions

Wild card

  • Cardinals over Phillies
  • Mets over Padres

NLDS

  • Braves over Cardinals
  • Mets over Dodgers

NLCS

American League predictions

Wild card

  • Guardians over Rays
  • Blue Jays over Mariners

ALDS

  • Guardians over Yankees
  • Astros over Blue Jays

ALCS

World Sequence prediction: Guardians over Mets

Ideas: 

— Let’s tackle the elephant within the room first: choosing the division champion with the fewest wins to assert the title. The Guardians are a group that appear to buck nearly each pattern. They do not hit dwelling runs. They do not strike out. They do not stroll a lot. They’re quick. Cleveland is a group uniquely constructed to face nearly any group. This group has defied expectations all season. Do not depend them out now.

— Are you able to bear in mind a postseason with a greater group of pitchers all in the identical discipline? Collectively, 9 pitchers within the discipline have gained a Cy Younger. Certain, David Value and Corey Kluber aren’t who they was once, however Justin Verlander may make it 17 Cy Youngs by 12 months’s finish, and Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw and Bieber have all been distinctive. That is to not point out Shane McClanahan, Nestor Cortes, Alek Manoah, Julio Urias, Max Fried and others. Count on it to be a low-scoring postseason.

— It’s a disgrace that the Mets and Dodgers must face off within the NLDS. I believe everybody would need to see deGrom and Scherzer face Kershaw and Urias a number of occasions. That appears unlikely in a best-of-five. Even when the Braves caught New York down the stretch within the NL East race, I nonetheless view the Mets because the group nobody needs to face on the Nationwide League aspect. 

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Kevin Skiver, content material producer

Nationwide League predictions

Wild card

  • Cardinals over Phillies
  • Mets over Padres

NLDS

  • Braves over Cardinals
  • Dodgers over Mets

NLCS

American League predictions

Wild card

  • Mariners over Blue Jays
  • Guardians over Rays

ALDS

  • Astros over Mariners
  • Yankees over Guardians

ALCS

World Sequence prediction: Dodgers over Astros

Ideas: 

— The most important factor I need to see on this postseason is how the format impacts the best way pitchers are dealt with. The Mariners coming in with a shorter pitching workers is an fascinating technique however an inexpensive one with Sam Haggerty out. In the meantime, groups just like the Mets appear well-suited to an extended postseason rotation clever, however a skinny center bullpen might be their greatest problem. Which philosophy will win out? 

— How will new additions fare? Will Luis Castillo be a difference-maker for the Mariners? Can Juan Soto change into the glass slipper for the postseason Padres? Will the Cardinals and/or Yankees profit from including Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery or Frankie Montas and Harrison Bader, respectively? The Braves had been a snake within the grass eventually 12 months’s deadline, they usually struck within the playoffs. Which group can match that mould this season?

MORE: Full MLB playoff bracket, schedule

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Tom Gatto, senior editor

Nationwide League predictions

Wild card

  • Cardinals over Phillies
  • Mets over Padres

NLDS

  • Braves over Cardinals
  • Dodgers over Mets

NLCS

American League predictions

Wild card

  • Blue Jays over Mariners
  • Rays over Guardians

ALDS

  • Astros over Blue Jays
  • Rays over Yankees

ALCS

World Sequence prediction: Dodgers over Astros

Ideas: 

— What results will the brand new Wild Card Sequence have on the Division Sequence? Will groups need to make a number of roster strikes with their pitchers if the WCS is actually robust? Will the groups that earned per week off earlier than the LDS be too rusty for a sport or two?

— Likewise, whose bullpen can deal with as much as 22 postseason video games the perfect? Can Josh Hader maintain up in San Diego? How concerning the Rays’ committee? Will Emmanuel Clase change into an October legend in Cleveland? Which starters will make a contribution out of the ‘pen?