Division Series Review
It is with a heavy heart that I report on behalf of the Nation, the Red Sox yet again suffered an early departure for the second year in a row. Houston was the all-around better team, and despite letting the series get to a fourth game, sealed the deal on enemy turf, Fenway Park.
On the other side of the American League, the New York Yankees pulled off three in a row, in one of the most remarkable postseason comebacks in history – other than a certain blown 3-0 series lead and four straight losses that I’m pretty sure the Bronx Bombers remember. On a more serious note, hats off to the Baby Bombers for defeating an incredible Indians team who were favored by many to make the World Series again this season.
In the National League, the Dodgers absolutely steamrolled the Diamondbacks, taking care of the boys from the desert in just three games. But on the other side of the National League, things definitely got interesting. The Nationals gave the Cubbies a fight and forced a game 5. In the series finale do-or-die game, it was an absolute dogfight. Runs were scored in large amounts by both teams, but the Chicago Cubs were able to ultimately hold on in the ninth to seal the deal on a one-run win. This raises the question after yet ANOTHER early departure from the playoffs, will the Nationals ever win a World Series title? Bryce’s contract is officially up in 2019, and they still owe Stephen Strasburg and Jayson Werth a ton of money. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle this offseason.
ALCS: Astros vs. Yankees
If you told me a week ago that the Yankees would be playing in the ALCS this year, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. But their roster of young talent and some veteran presence have come alive together in the postseason, knocking off a World Series favorite after being down 0-2 in the ALDS. They’re coming into this series with strong confidence, and I expect that they’ll stay on this little hot streak and give Houston a very good series. On the other side, the Astros didn’t take care of business in three games, but very well could have.
I think this series will go six or a full seven games, and at this point in time, I really don’t know who’s going to come out on top. The Baby Bombers are hot and they’re not interested in any rebuilding years; they’re proving they’re ready to win now. The Astros lineup has been on an absolute tear this postseason. From 1 to 9 in the lineup, there are guys who can drive runs in when there are runners on.
I’m excited to see how this series plays out. If I had to pick a winner right now, I would actually pick the Yanks. That’s hard for me to admit, but there’s no denying what they’ve done so far this postseason, and if they keep it up, they’ll be representing the American League in this year’s World Series.
NLDS: Dodgers vs. Cubs
The Dodgers are the odds favorite coming into this series based on their performance this regular season and so far this postseason, but the Cubs are a scrappy team, and they proved they can scrap together wins in the postseason after winning a World Series title last season.
It’s hard not to favor the defending champs in this series. Theo Epstein is a winner and everything he touches turns to gold. Can he be the first to put a back to back champs team since the Yanks in the early 2000s?
I feel like this is actually the Dodgers’ year. If not now, then when? They’ve come so close in the past few years but never seem to be able to finish the job. With the addition of Darvish and Kershaw on the hill AND a lineup full of young studs and proven veteran winners, I think they can finally do it this year. I’m picking the Dodgers to win in 7.
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