Here are my predictions for the 2 NLDS series.
Let’s start with the biggest series in either league with the best storylines. We all know about the Cubs and their last championship was in 1908. They have been the best team for alot of this season with 103 wins. They can rake and for a National League team to have as deep a lineup as they do it’s really rare. Even the player having bad years still need to be worried about. The pitching has been great too. Say what you want about the bottom of their rotation but Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey have been great. Maybe knowing your team is going to score runs every game lets you just pitch without concern. Aroldis Chapman rounds out a bullpen that got strengthened by mid season trades.
As for the Giants this is an even numbered year so they will in the World Series right? No one will doubt them if they win this series especially since it will set up the beast of Madison Bumgarner to pitch the opening game of the next two rounds. The lineup does not have superstars just solid major league players who know how to play situational baseball, The rotation is solid after Bumgarner too,
This is a series I wish I could make my prediction after game 1. I think the Cubs really need to sweep the first two games. Carrying this curse is tough. After a loss in game 1 with Bumgarner staring you down in game 3 will get the Cubs tight.
Giants in 4
The other series has two teams who kind of coasted into the playoffs. With the Mets having injuries the Nationals got a big lead and just went on cruise control the rest of the way to comfortably win the division. But now with injuries taking out key players and the lack of competing in big games all season is enough for me to doubt them. The Dodgers benefited from a total collapse by the Giants to win the division rather comfortably. The lineup is solid but not great and they come into the series healthy. Kershaw is really rested after being on the IR this year. Rich Hill also was injured so the key starters are healthy.
I like the Dodgers in 4.