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2011 MLB World Series Predictions

by Michael Kashin on Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Two teams are inching closer to a 2011 MLB World Series predictions appearance with the only difference between the two series’ being the fact that the Detroit Tigers will have to win two games on the road over the Texas Rangers, while the Milwaukee Brewers will also have to win two games over the St. Louis Cardinals, but they’ll get to try at home. With the Rangers up 3-2, the first pitch of Game 6 is scheduled for Saturday night at 8:05 p.m. ET, live from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on FOX. Max Scherzer (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will get the nod for the Tigers and he will be looking to get a better result out of his solid pitching this time. After Verlander, Scherzer gives this team the best chance to win and although they are in a hole, their World Series predictions chances are laying squarely on capable shoulders.

Scherzer was in line for a victory in Game 2 before a fastball to Nelson Cruz ended up in the upper deck in left field for a game-tying homer and a no-decision. He’s 1-0 in three starts in Texas, including that one. Scherzer pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six in Game 2 and he will be opposed by Derek Holland (0-0, 10.13 ERA), who also faced him Game 2. Holland gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Raburn and lasted just 2 2/3 innings in Game 2, as it was the shortest playoff start ever by a Rangers pitcher. He is 2-0 with a 4.43 ERA in two starts and seven relief appearances in his career in the playoffs. Both Elvis Andrus and Michael Young are hitting under .200 for the postseason thus far, and both are also slugging under .200. Only Ian Kinsler, David Murphy and Cruz have OPS’ above .810 in the playoffs. If Texas’ offense comes alive completely, there will be no point in taking anyone else with your World Series futures wagering, because neither team in the National League can compete with Texas when they are at their best.

Down three games to two and with the MLB odds already stacked against them, the Milwaukee Brewers will start righthander Shaun Marcum (0-0, 10.15 ERA) against Edwin Jackson (0-0, 4.15 ERA) in Sunday’s must-win Game 6. That won’t inspire much confidence in Milwaukee fans, given that Marcum was pounded in his only NLDS start (seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings) and his first NLCS start (five earned runs in four innings). In three of his final four regular season starts, Marcum allowed five or more earned runs, but manager Ron Roenicke said he will not bring back Yovani Gallardo on short rest. The Brewers, after all, must win two games and Gallardo will be available to start a decisive Game 7, if the team can survive Game 6. But much will depend on Marcum’s ability to resemble the guy who was 12-5 with a 3.11 ERA following a win on Sept. 4. I think that both series’ will go to a decisive Game 7, with the Rangers and the Brewers coming out on top and advancing to the 2011 World Series. I’m taking both of the teams that are down in the series because their bullpens are in better shape heading into Game 6. Granted, if you don’t have a lead at the end of the game, then the bullpen won’t come into play, but I’m also expecting an offensive explosion from both the Brewers and the Tigers this weekend.

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2011 World Series Futures Wagering Odds

2011 National League Odds
St. Louis Cardinals OFF
Milwaukee Brewers OFF

2011 American League Odds
Texas Rangers 1/5
Detroit Tigers 4/1

2011 World Series Odds
Texas Rangers 5/4
St. Louis Cardinals 17/10
Milwaukee Brewers 9/2
Detroit Tigers 15/2