October is here and so is playoff baseball. The postseason started on October 3rd with the first wild card game between the Twins vs. Yankees. The Yankees ended up coming out on top with an 8-4 win, but it was still a great season for the Twins. They did something no other team has done in the history of the MLB: the Twins were the first team to have 100+ loses the season prior to making the playoffs. That is something unheard of in baseball. In the NL wildcard game the next day, the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 11-8.
American League Division Series
New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians
The Yankees (91-71) wildcard win takes them to meet the Indians (102-60) in the ALDS which started on October 5th and was a best of 5 series. My pick was the Indians, the reigning American league Champions (but see results at the end of this article). Last season, the Indians made a postseason run to the World Series, losing to the Cubs.
Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros
The Astros (101-61) played the Red Sox (93-69) in the ALDS. My pick for this series was the star studded Astros. Houston’s roster is stacked with players like Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel, and newly acquired Justin Verlander. The Red Sox also have some stars themselves with Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, and Chris Sale. The Red Sox are more seasoned with more veterans, but I think the talented youth of the Houston Astros will come out on top (and they did).
National League Division Series
Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs
The NL East winning Nationals (97-65) played the World Series Champs, the Chicago Cubs (92-70). This was a very tough pick since both teams are well rounded in all aspects of the game. They both have a strong offense, defense, pitching rotation, and bullpen. Even though the Nationals have the better record, I will have to go with the Cubs for my pick. They are the experienced team here.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers
With their wild card win, the young Diamondbacks (93-69) will meet the Dodgers (104-58) in the NLDS, which started on October 6th. My pick here would have to be the Dodgers, but do not be surprised if the Diamondbacks end up stealing this series. The Dodgers have been known for choking (but they didn’t in this series).
In a survey sent out to BCS students and staff before the playoffs started, the Yankees and Red Sox were the favorites for World Series champions. However, the Red Sox were eliminated in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday. The Yankees are still in it: they defeated the Indians in Game 5 to move onto the ALCS against the Astros. Game one is Friday, October 13th.
The Dodgers ended up sweeping the Diamondbacks to move on to the NLCS, which starts on Saturday, October 14th. The winner of tonight’s Game 5 (Thu, 10/12) between the Cubs and Nationals will meet the Dodgers in the NLCS.