2022 MLB playoff predictions: Picks for every round of the postseason bracket

Major League Baseball’s postseason will start on Friday with the first version of the best-of-three Wild Card Series. This yr’s match options extra groups (12) than in years long past via in response to the playoff growth baked into the new collective bargaining settlement. The most sensible two seeds in every league (Dodgers, Braves, Astros and Yankees) earned a first-round bye, whilst the different 8 groups will sq. off in best-of-three sequence over the weekend (Guardians-Rays, Blue Jays-Mariners, Cardinals-Phillies and Mets-Padres are the 4 matchups). 

From there, the postseason will take its commonplace form: a best-of-five League Division Series; a best-of-seven League Championship Series; after which the best-of-seven World Series.

We right here at CBS Sports are legally obligated to make a idiot of ourselves every October via making an attempt to forecast how the following few weeks will play out. Below, you can to find our workforce’s predictions, together with a brief rationalization for their alternatives. (The workforce is gifted in alphabetical order.)

R.J. Anderson’s bracket

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World Series pick out: Dodgers over Astros

Anderson: I believe the Dodgers are, via some distance, the superb crew in baseball. That does not ensure them the rest in the playoffs; it is fairly imaginable they are upended in the divisional sequence as a result of that is how five-game sequence paintings from time to time. The Astros have a robust case as the second- or third-best crew in the majors, relying on the way you pass judgement on such issues. From that point of view, my bracket performs it somewhat secure. I did throw in a wrinkle or two to make it much less dull. It’ll nonetheless glance unhealthy in a month’s time.

Mike Axisa’s bracket

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World Series pick out: Yankees over Braves

Axisa: Outside the atypical pandemic season in 2020, we’ve got extra postseason groups than ever, and I nonetheless arrived at Astros vs. Yankees (could be the 0.33 time in six years) and Braves vs. Dodgers (could be 0.33 directly yr) in the LCS. Baseball unearths some way. The Dodgers have been beautiful obviously the superb crew in baseball this yr, despite the fact that I believe the Astros are superb constructed for a brief postseason sequence, if that is sensible. Their lineup is deep with low-strikeout hitters who additionally hit for energy, and they are able to run energy arm after energy arm after energy arm at you. I’m additionally kinda ill of choosing Houston to visit the World Series every yr, so I’ll say that is the yr the Yankees slay the dragon, and Aaron Judge carries New York to a championship to place a pleasing little bow on his superhuman season.

Kate Feldman’s bracket

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World Series pick out: Dodgers over Astros

Feldman: Look, I do know the Braves had been unbeatable for like two months at this level, however I do not believe somebody is besting the Dodgers. Alex Verdugo can say no matter he desires about pretend 60-game championships; 2022 is actual and it’s right here and it’s Los Angeles’ buddy. The Astros are actually actually just right. Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez and Lance McCullers is a heck of a 1-2-3 punch and Jose Altuve remains to be Jose Altuve. But Freddie Freeman is pulling his identify out of the muddy offseason and Clayton Kershaw simply assists in keeping including to a Hall of Fame resume and oh whats up, take into account Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May? They’ve were given sufficient pitching to permit for a blown Craig Kimbrel save or two. And anyway, the Dodgers successful could be just right for baseball. We will have to need groups to run $300 million payrolls. We will have to need them handy out nine-figure contracts to the superb gamers, as a result of that is who makes your crew just right.

Dayn Perry’s bracket

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World Series pick out: Astros over Dodgers

Perry: I believe predicting postseason results, in particular now that we have added any other best-of-three layer to it, is normally a idiot’s errand. So my guiding philosophy is to only pick out the superb crew, assuming relative well being. So that is what I’ve carried out. Given the method the Braves have leveled up over the ultimate months of the season, I do not really feel fully assured choosing the Dodgers over them, however I believe L.A.’s roster intensity may well be extra of an element than it in a different way could be. I have no idea, guy.

Stephen Pianovich’s bracket

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World Series pick out: Phillies over Yankees

Pianovich: Yes, those Phillies are atypical sufficient to both win the World Series or get no-hit two times in two Wild Card Series losses. But listed here are the most effective two issues you wish to have to learn about my choices:

  1. I reside in Philadelphia.
  2. We’re speaking about the Phightins.  

Matt Snyder’s bracket

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World Series pick out: Dodgers over Blue Jays

Snyder: There’s were given to be some sort of funkiness, so I’ll move with the Blue Jays breaking apart the workforce of energy groups we have observed thru the season and being the one with a relative marvel run. I if truth be told had them as the World Series champion in the preseason, so it really works out high quality there. I could not, alternatively, pick out in opposition to the Dodgers this time. I normally by no means pick out them as a result of it kind of feels dull to head with the superb crew, however this time I could not withstand as a result of they’re in order that just right they usually have not even actually been wholesome or technically firing on all cylinders again and again all through the season. This is the Dodgers workforce that in any case breaks thru in a complete season.

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