Written By: Parker Bai
Just when you thought this season couldn’t get any more ridiculous, the first ever Wildcard round in MLB history saw one of the most historic nights in baseball. The underdog Baltimore Orioles were able to beat the Texas Rangers on their home turf and are now moving on to face the New York Yankees for the ALDS. The defending World Series champs, the St. Louis Cardinals were able to beat the Atlanta Braves in Turner Field with a very controversial call, and they’ll face the Washington Nationals in the NLDS. This season has been nothing short of exciting and this postseason could be one of the best in a while.
This year’s postseason consists of some of the usual playoff teams like the Yankees, Tigers and the Giants, however, there are a lot of surprise appearances such as the Orioles, Athletics, and Nationals. The Yankees are still a powerhouse team as they ranked in the top five in every major batting category as a team, and led the Majors in home runs. The “Bronx Bombers” don’t have a deep rotation like other teams, but they’re still a team every team should watch out for. The O’s and A’s have been Moneyballin’ all season long, and have great depth in their lineups and rotation. The Tigers have arguably the best 1-2 punch in the Majors with Prince Fielder and Triple-Crown king Miguel Cabrera, and have a strong rotation led by Justin Verlander. The Nationals are a young team with potential, but it’s hard to see them go deep without Steven Strasburg, their star pitcher. The Cardinals and David Freese proved the doubters wrong by making another October appearance without Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa. The Reds led by Etobicoke native Joey Votto are one of the toughest teams, but it’s still hard to say that they’re good enough to win it all. Then, there are the Giants, who have one of the deepest rosters in all of baseball at this point, led by MVP-contender Buster Posey and arguably the best pitching staff in the entire MLB. All in all, this will be a very fun and intense October.
This is how I believe the rest of the postseason will play out,
ALDS (best 3 out of 5)
Yankees beat the Orioles in 4
Tigers beat the Athletics in 5
Cardinals sweep the Nationals in 3
Giants beat the Reds in 5
ALCS (best 4 out of 7)
Tigers beat Yankees in 6
Giants beat Cardinals in 5
Although I’m hoping the World Series comes down to a Bay Area showdown between the Giants and the A’s, it just won’t happen. The Tigers are beginning to look like the team we all expected them to be, and the Giants look even better than they did in 2010 when they won it all. This will be a very fun postseason to watch.