KMOX Sports Experts’ World Series Picks

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The 2016 MLB Postseason field is down to the final eight teams. The American League Division Series begins Thursday, then both leagues will be playing when the National League Division Series start on Friday.

In the AL the Cleveland Indians host the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers — the No. 1 seed — will host Wild Card winners the Toronto Blue Jays, in a rematch of last year’s ALDS. Then on the National League side the Chicago Cubs, who had the best record in baseball this year, host the San Francisco Giants as the Washington Nationals take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But how will it all play out? KMOX sports reporters Tom Ackerman, Chris Hrabe and Alex Ferrario have their own ideas:

Tom Ackerman– I’m going with the Red Sox.

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

They have two outstanding top-of-the-rotation pitchers going in Rick Porcello and David Price. Price, I believe, will finally break out of his postseason slump and help Boston to a title. The Red Sox have a lineup filled with exciting young players and experienced veterans. David Ortiz will go out with a bang. Look for them to topple the Giants in the World Series.

Chris Hrabe – Giants win. Again.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Madison Bumgarner (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

After watching the NL Wild Card game, I can’t help but pick the Giants. Madison Bumgarner has quickly become one of the bests postseason pitchers of all time, and he’s even better on the road. Home field advantage this year? That’s right, American League. I think the Giants slide past the Cubs and win AGAIN in an even year. And it doesn’t matter who they play from the AL.

Alex Ferrario– I’m going to be throwing my vote on the Red Sox.

 (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The addition of Price in the offseason boosted their starting rotation but the offense was really the storyline of the season. The RBI, home runs, OPS, & Ortiz dominated the stat sheet in the AL. Three of the top five individuals in the category of RBI were held by Red Sox players. Getting through the Indians shouldn’t be an issue, the winner of the Rangers & Blue Jays will be a task (most likely Rangers). Then it’ll come down to Red Sox vs. the NL side with the best pitching, but the offense will be the leader in that series.

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