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Even though none of our fave teams made into the post-season, we here at umpbump are excited about the playoffs! (That exclamation point has more sarcasm than anything I could’ve said).

But then again, I don’t know if I like my bitterness being used as a marketing tool.

Root against the Yankees? Hell no! Root FOR them. Don’t let the Tigers win, c’moonn!!

Anyhoo; I was supposed to do a playoff preview post, complete with predictions and such, but alas, I only have time to whine about the White Sox not playing in October while the Piranhas and the Tigs are.

So let’s do a rundown of what’s going on.

Since I’ve been paying more attention to the Twins-A’s series, I’ll start there.

Two words: Big Hurt. Frank Thomas has single-handedly propelled the A’s from being a first-rounder c@&% tease for the last five years, to actually being a team capable of reaching the ALCS, even the World Series

Too bad Torii Hunter hurt his free-agent asking price by obliterating the significance any of his run-saving catches ever had by facilitating an inside-the-parker that pushed the Twins to the brink of elimination.

I called a sweep; I gotta play my cards right.

Speaking of which, the Cards are another team that seem poised to make it at least deep into the NLCS. I’ve never taken the Padres seriously and it looks like they’re going to go the way of the broom

Let me remind you that ALL of ESPN.COM “Experts” picked the Pads to prevail.

Surprisingly, one team that had a lot of questions heading into their NLDS were the Mets. Hernandez out, Martinez out, Maine the rookie to start their first playoff game since 2000. Not good. Don’t look now, but the Mets are up 2-0 on a Dodger team sans-Garciaparra – out with an injury  (why does that sound familiar?).

Now I could be completely useless and say/predict/opine that the Dodgers will get swept; but Maddux is a bulldog in the playoffs and he’ll want to out-do his former teammate Glavine. If LA can win this one, I think this becomes a Five-game series.

Now about them Tigers. Sure, Jim Leyland injected a cadaver of a team with much-needed new blood. But is the Evil Empire actually going to be beaten by a team with a bunch of Rooks? Is the Big Unit healthy enough to make a difference?

The Yanks sure seemed like a lock to advance into the WS before all of this; but Detroit has shown that they can come back against good pitching. And if they barely did it against the one pitcher who’s supposed to be the Yank’s Ace in the post-season (Wang); I don’t see how the Yanks can beat the them twice in the next three games. Especially now that they play two of those in Detroit.

Kenny Rogers will whoop your ass!

So here it is, short and sweet: my ALCS: A’s – Tigers; A’s in 6. My NLCS: Cards – Mets; Mets in 5 (sorry lil’ bro). Mets-A’s in the Fall Classic.

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Mets, WS Champs in 5.

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