October is here which means we are about to kick off the Major League Baseball postseason that will take us to the World Series.
Starting tonight, playoff action is underway:
Tonight it’s the National League Wild Card game between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. The winner heads to Milwaukee to face off against the Brewers.
The other National League matchup features last year’s National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of 6 straight National League West titles versus the young, upstart Atlanta Braves who are peaking a year before scheduled.
Tomorrow night it’s the American League Wild Card game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees. The winner of that game will head on to Boston to face the Red Sox who had the best record in baseball this year.
The other American League matchup is the Cleveland Indians vs. the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros.
Although the Colorado Rockies have had a very nice season and have been hot down the stretch, they haven’t been as good on the road as they are at home. Even though the Cubs bats aren’t very hot at the moment, we think they have enough talent to advance.
The Cubs will go on to play the exciting Milwaukee Brewers. Common sense would dictate the Brewers would be favorites here, but baseball often has shocking results. We say the Cubs take it in 5 games.
In the other National League series, the Dodgers have been here before. Atlanta will give Los Angeles a fight but we like the Dodgers to advance. Don’t worry Braves fans. This young team will be back in the postseason regularly in the near future. LA in 4 games.
Cubs vs. Dodgers in the NLCS. We like the Dodgers to return to the World Series.
In the American League, we have the Yankees getting past the feisty Oakland A’s and playing their arch-rival in Boston. It will set up a dramatic series, but we just can’t see the Red Sox faltering after such an amazing, record breaking season. It may go 5 games but the Red Sox will ultimately prevail.
In the other series, the Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros should be a barn-burner. This is a too close to call coin toss series. We’ll take the Astros as defending champs, but we would not be surprised to see the Indians who played in the World Series two years ago win. We like the winner of this series to advance over Boston to the World Series.
So we’re picking a repeat of last year’s World Series – Houston Astros vs LA Dodgers. Only difference is we think Los Angeles are the hungrier team and they win in 6. Same goes for if they play Cleveland.
Bring it on!