The first round playoffs are filled with surprises: All 8 teams (the Nationals-Cardinals, Reds-Giants, Tigers-A's and Yankees-Orioles) dealt with tie-breakers, extra innings and superb comebacks: tonight the world series champs St. Louis Cardinals came back from trailing 6-0 to win game 5 of the series with a score of 9-7 against the best record Washington Nationals, the first postseason for the nation's capital in 68 years. The Reds went from leading 2-0 to lost the 5th game to the Giants, something never happened before in the history of MLB divisional playoffs, and the Tigers returned to the ALCS starring Miguel Cabrera the first triple crown winner in 45 years. Sorry Bay Area fans and Capital region fans (the Baltimore-WDC area).
The league championship lineups are met: the ALCS when the Yankees take on the Detroit Tigers where the motor city hopes for a miracle to turn the economically damaged city around, and the NLCS when the Cardinals play the San Francisco Giants. The Yankees continue to provide what fans expect from a ball club, then again we should not underestimate the historic Cardinals, and the 2012 Giants repeats the 2010 season story, a sequel to that championship year. And the pitching staff of the Nationals is worth the big price tag for a previously troubled ball team, after 7 trying years in Washington DC, but fell victim to the Cardinals in what's being called "the biggest comeback in postseason major league baseball history".
Update: The Detroit Tigers swept the almighty Yankees to oblivion and awaiting the National League champion: either the Cardinals (3-2) or the Giants. Plenty of pro-Giants feeling for baseball fans in California ATM, while I have to disagree: Cardinals win tomorrow and its' off to their second straight world series appearance.
TBS the cable channel has the online "MLB Fan Cave social dugout" section where fans predict the selected next batter: a hit, strikeout, home run or other (grand slam in case the bases are loaded). To read the responses of those claimed to behold "the crystal ball", it's not an exact science to predict tomorrow's game results either.
This just in: The Giants not only made it back to the world series, they swept the Tigers. The 2012 Giants are better than in 2010! Many San Franciscans watch the game live outside in the Civic Center via Detroit. Two World series in 3 years is a charm.