With the MLB regular season over, teams have finally locked in their playoff spots and are buckling down for October baseball. Of course, it's almost impossible to predict every series. Although Los Angeles has been streaky, I believe this year they have the thing the Nats are still looking for and sweeps Arizona.
Losing by the thinnest of margins provided plenty of motivation for this season and the Indians enter the postseason as the hottest team in baseball, having won 41 of their last 48 games before Saturday night. However, sometimes teams get lucky and lose a lot of close games while winning big, or vice versa.
While MLB has not had a team repeat as World Series champions since 2000, teams that make a World Series seem more apt to do it again, regardless of what happened in the regular season (see the San Francisco Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014).
The New York Yankees will host the Minnesota Twins in theAmerican League's wild card elimination game on Tuesday as Major League Baseball's post-season gets underway. Also, the playoffs require just four or even three starters, so the emphasis is much more at the top of the rotation. "As a club we feel like all those memories are very fresh, knowing how the postseason feels, and I think everybody's just really excited about the chance to get back into that same mode of thinking, that same adrenaline rush".
On the American League side, the young Houston Astros have been on the verge of greatness for a while, and I think this is the year they'll finally push all the way through. That, in turn, has pushed good teams to get better.
The NL had many other stars and a driving force in Pete Rose, who made it his business to lead the NL to victory in All-Star Game after All-Star Game and bully the American League.
In the National League, the choice is much more hard between the Diamondbacks and the Rockies.
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The youthful Houston Astros look to jumpstart their city, still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, against the Boston Red Sox in the other ALDS.
It's a one-game, win-or-go-home scenario.
Indians host the victor of Yankees-Twins wild-card game at 7:38 p.m. on FS1 or MLB Network. The Nats also have been getting some love to represent the NL, and even one forecaster (Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated) picked the Diamondbacks to rise through the Wild Card ranks to get to the Series.
In football people often say the league table doesn't lie at the end of a season; in other words, where you end up is generally a good reflection on how good your team was. The Indians eke it out in five.
No matter the outcome of the NL Wild Card, the Dodgers will face a fellow NL-West rival in the NLDS.
The enigmatic Dodgers (13-17 since September 1) are looking for its first World Series appearance in 29 years, and its great ace, Clayton Kershaw, is trying to end his postseason problems, especially his haunted seventh innings. However, I give the Diamondbacks, with an abundance of productive starters, the nod in a five-game struggle.
For the World Series runner-up from a year ago, Terry Francona's team is simply too battle tested to go out this early. In this series, the Indians show off their superior pitching and bullpen, and MVP candidate Jose Altuve is unable to seal the deal for the Astros.
Now that the Major League Baseball regular season is over and the postseason field has been set, Bovada has put together World Series odds for the 10 postseason clubs.