Originally Posted by kaldaniels
The first round is likely to be more difficult to win than the second round, for a myriad of reasons.
Anyone disagree on that?
I do. Of the three teams I fear the Giants the least.
Look, our offense struggles at times against average pitchers. We are likely going to have to win some 3-2 games regardless of who we face. I'd rather play a team with offensive limitations because that keeps the game in an area where we like it and an area where we excel. Give me a 2-1 game in the 7th and I like our chances to get some key hits to win it. If we play the Nats or Cards, then you start drifting into higher scoring affairs, and I'm less comfortable there.
Both the Nats and the Cards also have a little bit of that "magic" that tends to dominate in October in recent seasons....St. Louis would be esepcially confident if they were to get back to the NLCS...and they play well against us.
I also like the pick of Reds in 4. I am not cocky by any means and I am certainly nervous about those starters for the Giants, but I'm confident we will win the series.