Three of the four remaining playoff teams are from the tough Koufax Division. My predictions:
#5 Pittsburgh vs. #8 Boston (season series: ties at 9-9) - Pittsburgh handled 1st playoff opponent New York by scoring runs in abundance as Brian Giles had a monster series. Boston's pitching gave up a mere 13 runs to Atlanta. Something has to give. This series will feature some tight low scoring ballgames. However, the Pirates have a strong pitching staff of their own . . . . . . . .
Prediction: Buccos end Red Sox season with convincing win PITTSBURH WINS IN 5 GAMES
#2 Arizona vs. #6 Philadelphia (season series: Arizona 5-1) - The D-Backs cruised through their first playoff opponent Giants via their bats and not their pitching. Look for stronger performances from Johnson and Schilling this time around. Philadelphia almost blew a 3-0 series lead to Seattle before finally winning the finale. The Phillie bats are the best in the league, but good pitching usually beats good hitting. . . .
Prediction: Phillies worn out from series with Mariners ARIZONA WINS IN 6 GAMES