MLB: Divisional Playoff Predictions 0 comments |Brian McCann | October 3, 2013 Can Miguel Cabrera & Prince Fielder lead the Tigers all the way? (Photo: Getty Images) With the start of the Major League Baseball playoffs rapidly approaching it’s time to dole out some predictions. In the American League Divisional Round: Boston Red Sox (AL East Champions #1) v Tampa Bay Rays (AL Wild Card #4) A pair of divisional foes lock it up in this divisional round best of five series. The Boston Red Sox won the rugged American League East behind a potent offense and solid starting pitching. The Tampa Bay Rays enter this match up razor sharp having already crushed both the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians post season dreams in the wild card round. Tampa Bay brings outstanding starting pitching, solid defense and a dangerous lineup into the series. Look for the Tampa Bay Rays to continue their march towards a World Series title as their pitching and defense propel them past Boston. Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays in 5 games. Oakland Athletics (AL West Champions #2) v Detroit Tigers (AL Central Champions #3) These teams renew an outstanding divisional series from last season where Detroit emerged victorious by winning the deciding fifth game. The Oakland Athletics won the AL West with outstanding starting pitching, a solid offense and good defense. The Detroit Tigers have a potent offense and outstanding starting pitching. While Detroit has looked vulnerable as of late, the Tigers outstanding starting pitching and explosive offense will enable them to advance to a second consecutive AL Championship Series. Prediction: Detroit Tigers in 5 games. The Uptons are hoping to upset the Dodgers (Photo/Cover via Sports Illustrated) In the National League Divisional Round: St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central Champions #1) v Pittsburgh Pirates (NL Wild Card #4). Once again two divisional foes (NL Central) lock it up in the divisional round of the playoffs. The St. Louis Cardinals won the NL Central with outstanding starting pitching and an excellent well rounded offense. The Pittsburgh Pirates earned their way into the playoffs by winning their wild card game with the Cincinnati Reds behind outstanding starting pitching and a dangerous offense. Look for Pittsburgh’s storybook season to come to an end at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals due to their outstanding starting pitching and excellent offense. Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals in 4 games. Atlanta Braves (NL East Champions #2) v Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West Champions #3). The Atlanta Braves started the MLB season hot and didn’t cool down until winning the NL East title. The Braves utilized an outstanding offense, a top notch bullpen, and solid starting pitching. The Los Angeles Dodgers stormed to the NL West title behind excellent starting pitching and an explosive offense. Buoyed by their outstanding starting pitching, the Los Angeles Dodgers will emerge victorious in this series over the Atlanta Braves. Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers in 5 games.