MLB Postseason Preview: October is Here
by Kyle Moates and Caleb Wiley
The start of October means the start of postseason MLB baseball, and we’re in for a wild ride this month.
Already, the top team in the National League and World Series favorite Chicago Cubs were knocked off last night in a wild card game against the Colorado Rockies.
The Cubs lost 2-1 against the Rockies in 13 innings in a game that was a pitching clinic from both teams. This Cubs team had a lead in their division heading in to September, but ended up blowing that lead and letting the Milwaukee Brewers claim the NL Central title on the last day of the regular season.
The Cubs players were surely worn out by the time of the playoffs, as they had played 37 games in the last 39 days of the season. The lack of energy from the Cubs showed throughout the game, as even All-Star catcher Wilson Contreras caught cramps mid-game.
The Rockies fought hard and earned a big-time victory, as #Rocktober is now in full force. The Rockies will head to first place Milwaukee to take on the Brewers now in the NL Divisional Series.
In the American League, it appears as if the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees are heavy favorites to come out of the AL and head to the World Series.
The Astros have an all-around extremely talented roster, as behind starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander they have seen success. Shortstop Carlos Correa, outfielder George Springer, and last year’s AL MVP Jose Altuve lead the charge for the Astros at the plate. The Astros will take on the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.
The New York Yankees find themselves in a wildcard position this year due to the historical season the Red Sox have had. The Yankees have had an amazing season themselves, but their success has been severely overlooked due to the Red Sox total domination. Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez lead the charge at the plate for the Yanks, who have produced runs at a high rate this year. The issue with the Yankees this year has been pitching, as CC Sabathia has been off and ace Masahiro Tanaka hasn’t been special. The Yankees take on the Oakland Athletics in an AL Wildcard game this Wednesday.
The Boston Red Sox are having one of the best seasons in MLB history record-wise, winning 108 games. The Sox are stacked behind several offensive stars and two AL MVP candidates in outfielders Mookie Betts and J.D Martinez. They’ve had a fantastic bullpen all season long, as well as a star-studded rotation in Chris Sale and former Cy Young winner David Price. They had the best record in baseball this year since the 1986 New York Mets and will take on either the Yankees or A’s in the ALDS.
The Los Angeles Dodgers now have a great chance of coming out of the National League and making a World Series appearance with the Cubs premature exit. Trade deadline acquisitions in infielders Manny Machado and Brian Dozier are big boosts for LA. The one thing that sets the Dodgers apart from everyone else is their quest for revenge. After losing to the Houston Astros in the World Series last year, the Dodgers are grinding for another chance to bring home a championship to LA.
High quality baseball is here and it continues tonight with the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s in the AL wildcard series.