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On Baseball: MLB Spoiler Alert: Here's What Will Happen in the Playoffs
08 October 2017, 10:33 | Melissa Porter
Kyle Hendricks has been lights-out going into the playoffs for the Cubs. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Rendon did not commit an error in his last 56 regular-season games at third base, finishing the 2017 season with the majors' longest errorless streak at that position. Make way for another as the Astros' Jose Altuve - who has 98 more hits than anyone else in the majors over the last four seasons - torments the Red Sox in Game 2.
National League action gets underway October 6 with the Washington Nationals hosting the Chicago Cubs.
Now that everybody's favorite lovable losers are losers no more, the reins have been passed to the Cleveland Indians.
All of the division series will be decide in best-of-five formats.
This game should be a pitcher's duel with two very good pitchers taking the mound. With the addition of a second wild card, however, it stressed the importance of going hard for all 162 games. And MLB as a whole had a record number of home runs this year. Los Angeles will play the eventual NL Wild Card victor between Colorado and Arizona on Friday in the NL Division Series (NLDS).
The Diamondbacks won a thriller wild-card game on Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies to clinch a date with the Dodgers in the NLDS. Andrew Miller and Cody Allen share the Most Valuable Player Award and join Darold Knowles of the 1973 A's as the only pitchers to work in all seven games of the World Series.
This team is going to be good for years to come, but they might never be as good and as flawless for success as they are right now. "I think they'll beat the Cubs in the World Series".
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The Nationals would love to win a title - or at least reach a World Series - before Bryce Harper's pending free agency after next season and the question marks that come with that.
An NLCS matchup between the Dodgers and Cubs will be a repeat of the 2016 NLCS. Verlander has dominated their personal series as he is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA with his team (the Tigers in all six previous meetings) winning the first five matchups before Sale turned the tables back in June (his team's first four losses were when he was with the White Sox). Los Angeles has home-field advantage because it finished the regular season with the best record in baseball, but the Cubs will play spoiler to earn back-to-back World Series appearances. The dubious play of Severino made team manager Joe Girardi have to take him out and brought in a series of relievers. Houston acquired veterans Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and Josh Reddick this past offseason to go along with their inexperienced nucleus. Not a single member of the 2017 Houston Astros playoff roster has a World Series ring.
November 1, Cleveland, World Series, Game 7 - The Indians take their first championship since 1948, snapping the longest active drought in baseball. If you fall to either wild card spot, your entire season rests on 27 outs. NY will hand the ball to their 23-year old ace Luis Severino to obliterate the Twins and advance to the ALDS.
"Yes, the expectations are a little bit more, but those things are always going to be there when you have that kind of talent in that clubhouse". AL Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber, who finished the season 18-4 with an awesome 2.25 ERA, will continue to dominate teams like he has all season long.
New York's stellar relief pitching dominated the game from that point forward, and the Yankees got home runs from Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge in addition to the Gregorius shot. The Red Sox will push the Indians to the limit, but Cleveland is too deep and too good to be denied.
Baseball fanatics are expecting an ALCS between Cleveland and Houston to be one for the ages.
The team took a small first step in breaking the curse by beating the heck out of the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS, but they'll have a long way to go to call themselves World Series champions.
Fans alike love that do or die feel, the fight for a team's right to continue playing in the playoffs.
World Series rematches are extremely rare in baseball, but Chicago and Cleveland may go toe-to-toe for part two.
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