We saw some exciting action in the divisional series, with a couple of game 5s and several "upsets". Both #1 seeds are already out. Who's left?
The top two seeds are out, as #5 Washington will play #3 Salt Lake City in the NLCS. Washington took out #1 seed Austin in 4 games, winning both games in Texas to take a 2-0 lead and then won a battle of the bullpens in game 4 to take the series. Salt Lake City ended #2 Atlanta's reign as champs with a victory in 4 games. After being shut out in the first game, the Shakers tallied 24 runs in the next three, all wins. I'll call for the upset and predict Washington, in its first postseason ever, to win in 7.
Both series went to a decisive 5th game, and both those games were decided by one run. #1 St. Louis appeared to be cruising to the ALCS, winning the first two games at home over #5 Helena by a combined score of 15-2. But Helena won both games at home and then overcame a 1-run deficit in the ninth inning of game 5 to win a 3-2 thriller to go to their first LCS. Like St. Louis, #2 Seattle took both of the first two games at home against #3 Monterrey, but the Sultans tied the series at 2-2 before succumbing in a close game 5. Seattle will host division rival Helena in the ALCS. I'm going to have to take Seattle in 5- they've had success against Helena.