Following Poseur's lead, I picked an NL backup team . . . and now I'm lumped with the fans of the Mets, the Tigers, the Brewers, the Dodgers, and the Cardinals--teams that should be in the playoffs but aren't. My backup team was the Padres, and they lost tonight to the Rockies, 9-8 after 13 grueling innings. That means that the once-great Padres, who have everything the Rangers don't*, have stumbled into third place in the NL West and yet another season of what-almost-was. So, please, pity me.
My picks for playoffs (or at least how they should turn out based on relative evilness):
Angels v. Red Sox --> Angels in 6
Yankees v. Indians --> Indians in 6
Phillies v. Rockies --> Phillies in 7
Cubs v. Diamondbacks --> Cubs in 5
Angels v. Indians --> Indians in 6
Phillies v. Cubs --> Phillies in 7
Angels v. Phillies --> Phillies in 4
*Namely, offense and defense, but I prefer pitching so I'll focus on that. Triple-crown winner Jake Peavy, plus two of the (arguably) greatest pitchers alive--Greg Maddux and Trevor Hoffman.