MLB playoff predictions 2022: picks for each round of the postseason bracket

Major League Baseball’s postseason kicks off on Friday with the inaugural best-of-three Wild Card Series. This year’s tournament features more teams (12) than in previous years in accordance with the playoff expansion included in the new collective bargaining agreement. The top two seeds in each league (Dodgers, Braves, Astros and Yankees) earned a first-round bye, while the other eight teams will meet in best-of-three series over the weekend (Guardians-Rays, Blue Jays -Mariners). , Cardinals-Phillies and Mets-Padres are the four matchups).

From there, the postseason will take its normal form: a best-of-five League Division Series; a best-of-seven League Championship Series; and then the best-of-seven World Series.

We here at CBS Sports are legally bound to make fools of ourselves every October trying to predict how the next few weeks will unfold. Below, you’ll find our staff’s predictions, along with a brief explanation of your picks. (Staff are listed in alphabetical order.)

R.J. Anderson Support

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World Series Selection: Dodgers over Astros

anderson: I think the Dodgers are by far the best team in baseball. That doesn’t guarantee them anything in the playoffs; it’s entirely possible they’re focused on the division series because that’s how five-game series work sometimes. The Astros have a strong case as the second- or third-best team in the majors, depending on how you judge those things. From that perspective, my parenthesis plays pretty safe. I added a wrinkle or two to make it less boring. It will still look bad a month from now.

Support Mike Axisa

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World Series Selection: Yankees over Braves

Axis: Outside of the weird pandemic season in 2020, we have more postseason teams than ever, and I still made it to Astros vs. Yankees (it would be the third time in six years) and Braves vs. Dodgers (it would be the third year in a row) in the LCS. Baseball finds a way. The Dodgers were clearly the best team in baseball this year, although I think the Astros are better built for a short postseason series, if that makes sense. Their lineup is deep with low strikeout hitters who also hit for power, and they can run power arm after power arm after power arm at you. I’m also a little sick of picking Houston to go to the World Series every year, so I’ll say this is the year the Yankees slay the dragon, and Aaron Judge leads New York to a championship to put a little tie on in his superhuman season.

Kate Feldman Support

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World Series Selection: Dodgers over Astros

feldman: Look, I know the Braves have been unbeatable for two months at this point, but I don’t think anyone is getting past the Dodgers. Alex Verdugo can say what he wants about fake 60-game championships; 2022 is real and he is here and he is friends with Los Angeles. The Astros are really very good. Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez and Lance McCullers are a big 1-2-3 punch and Jose Altuve is still Jose Altuve. But Freddie Freeman is getting his name out of the muddy offseason and Clayton Kershaw keeps adding to a Hall of Fame resume and oh hey, remember Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May? They have enough pitching to allow a save or two to Craig Kimbrel. And anyway, the Dodgers winning would be good for baseball. We should want teams to handle $300 million in payroll. We should want them to give nine-figure contracts to the best players, because that’s what makes your team good.

Dayn Perry Support

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World Series Selection: Astros over Dodgers

Perry: I think predicting postseason results, particularly now that we’ve added another layer to the best-of-three, is generally silly. So my guiding philosophy is simply to pick the best team, assuming relative health. So that’s what I’ve done. Given the way the Braves have leveled up over the past few months of the season, I don’t feel entirely confident in picking the Dodgers over them, but I think the depth of LA’s roster might be a bigger factor than I think. that it would be otherwise. I don’t know, man.

Stephen Pianovich Support

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World Series Selection: Phillies over Yankees

Pianovich: Yeah, these Phillies are weird enough to win the World Series or go hitless twice in two Wild Card Series losses. But here are the only two things you need to know about my picks:

  1. I live in Philadelphia.
  2. We talking bout the fightin.

Matt Snyder Support

CBS Sports

World Series Selection: Dodgers over Blue Jays

Snyder: There has to be some kind of fun, so I’ll go with the Blue Jays breaking up the group of powerhouse teams we’ve seen throughout the season and being the one with a relatively surprising streak. I actually had them as World Series champions in the preseason, so it works well there. However, I couldn’t pick against the Dodgers this time. Usually I never pick them because it seems boring to go with the best team, but this time I couldn’t resist because they are so good and haven’t even been healthy or technically running flat out many times throughout the season. . This is the Dodgers group that finally breaks through a full season.

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