“I think that Philadelphia is going to make it through,” Darling said. “I sense that Minnesota or Texas is going to get through this year. The Yankees and Rays have great front-line pitching and question marks after that. I think they are more vulnerable this year so Minnesota or Texas can get through but whoever plays Philadelphia is going to lose.”
Cal Ripken, staying true to his American League roots, predicted Tampa Bay over the Phillies.
“I’ll take the same two teams (as Smoltz) but reverse it … Tampa over Philadelphia,” Ripken said.
Below are the television and ESPN radio announcers for the division series:
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds:
Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants:
Tampa Bay Rangers vs. Texas Rangers:
New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins:
Radio: Jon Miller and Orel Hershiser