Will the San Francisco Giants win another title in an even year? Will the Chicago Cubs end their 108-year World Series drought? Can the Boston Red Sox send off David Ortiz with another ring?
There’s a lot of questions going into the Major League Baseball playoffs, and the answer to those questions should be clearer in a few weeks. With Kansas City left out of postseason play, there will be a new champion and four Robeson County high school baseball coaches, along with The Robesonian’s sports staff have their picks for who will win it all.
The Cubs, Red Sox and Giants were the popular picks to the make the World Series with team allegiances helping guide the decision-making process.
For me, not being a fan of any MLB team, it seems the clear-cut favorite out of the National League has to be the Cubs coming off one of the winningest regular seasons in nearly 80 years. In the American League, I see Boston coming out of tough battles with Cleveland in the divisional series and Tornoto in the championship series. Ultimately, I think Chicago will “Fly the W” with its stout pitching staff to win in six games over the Red Sox in the World Series.
Jeff McLamb, Lumberton — BOSTON RED SOX. The good pitching, young talent and the thought of sending Ortiz off with his fourth World Series title has McLamb picking the Red Sox over the pitching of the Giants.
“I’m a die-hard Red Sox fan and I will never pick anyone to beat them,” he said.
Sandy Thorndyke, Fairmont — CHICAGO CUBS. With the Cubs strength in all three phases of the game, Thorndyke likes Chicago to end its losing streak behind the youth of players like Kris Bryant and the pitching of Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.
Bryan McDonald, Purnell Swett — SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS. With experience and ace Madison Bumgarner, McDonald likes the chances of the Giants to continue their even-year magic. As winners of 11 straight postseason rounds and three World Series titles since 2010, the Giants have McDonald on their side.
“They are good in October,” he said.
Kelly Chavis, St. Pauls — CHICAGO CUBS. Much like his counterpart in Fairmont, Chavis likes the youth at the plate of the Cubs and the experience of the pitching staff. He anticipates Boston to fall to Chicago in the World Series even though it will be riding an emotional wave with Ortiz’s retirement.
Chris Howell, Red Springs — ANYBODY BUT BOSTON. A devout New York Yankees’ fan, Howell is taking anyone but his team’s arch-rival to win the World Series, but he likes the Giants coming out of the National League.
Rodd Baxley, Sports Editor — SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS. “Is it an even year? Of course. Yes, the Cubs have the most talent, but I can’t pick against my boys. The pitching staff is substantially better than it was during their previous championship runs and the G-men have experience on their side. I’ll take the Giants over Boston, with North Carolina native Madison Bumgarner adding another notch to his postseason legacy with a Game 7 win.”
Jonathan Bym can be reached at 910-816-1977. Follow him on Twitter @Jonathan_Bym.