Top five MLB postseason predictions

Summer is officially over! Which means only one thing — MLB POSTSEASON IS UPON US.

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Yes, people!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is slowly approaching and this season has been nothing short of amazing.

With jaw-dropping trades, heartbreaking injuries and games so close you still wonder how you even have nails, how can you NOT be excited about the playoffs? 

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As the season draws to a close, the playoff picture looks very similar to last year.

The Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians once again clinched their respective divisions with the New York Yankees having also claimed the wild card spot in the AL East.

The Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers are also in great shape to clinch their respective divisions as well, barring any dramatic injuries causing them to lose every game until the end of September. 

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Dodgers fans, probably.

Not to be forgotten, with a surprising turnaround season, the Atlanta Braves have ALSO clinched their division as well.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The Braves have actually made it to the playoffs.

The last time the Braves made the playoffs was in 2013 which is about 30 years in baseball.

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AND compared to last season where they finished 25 games behind NL East division winners, the Washington Nationals, they’ve come a long way as they’re now in first place and the Nats are a healthy 8 games behind.

The Braves probably still won’t make it very far but still, kudos to them. 

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With all that being said, here are my top five predictions for the 2018 MLB postseason… 

      1.    The Astros face the Red Sox again and the Red Sox lose again. 

The Astros are riding off their first ever World Series win and though currently coasting into the postseason a few games ahead of the Oakland A’s, they’ve proven themselves to pose a serious threat to their opponents in the playoffs.

Their bats move better and their pitching becomes even more efficient. PLUS, the Astros swept the Red Sox last year in the playoffs with almost the exact same team. What’s stopping them this season?

(DISCLAIMER: for those of you thinking this is a biased opinion from a Yankee fan, it’s not. But there’s always room for a prayer that Boston loses.) 

        2.   The Atlanta Braves make the postseason, but not out of the first round. 

Sorry, Atlanta. It’s nothing personal, but compared to the rest of the NL teams, it’s like that scene from Space Jam when they first meet the Monstars — scary as heck!

The other teams in the NL are just far more superior in both batting and pitching where unfortunately, Braves will be sent home with a little sticker that says “at least you tried.”

Chin up though, Atlanta.

At least you’ve got the — uh — Haw — well, err — the Falc — you’ve got great peaches. Yep, great peaches.

        3.    The Los Angeles Dodgers once again make it to the World Series.

This one is almost a no-brainer! The Dodgers have been red hot since the beginning of the season and show almost no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Throughout the season they were battling with the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place but the D-Backs have since dropped to third place in the NL West behind the Colorado Rockies.

Not to mention, the addition of third basemen, Manny Machado, has done wonders for their lineup.

If everyone remains healthy and last post-season Clayton Kershaw appears, the Dodgers could win their first World Series title since 1988! 

          4.   It’s a Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series matchup.

As a Yankees fan, this would be a dream come true!

Two big name cities, two titan teams, one championship! Can you see where this is going?

The pitching matchups would be of epic proportions and don’t even get me started on the lineups. Aaron Judge vs. Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton vs. Manny Machado?! It’ll be home run city!

PLUS for the Dodgers to come back to New York, where they originated, to play against the No. 1 team in New York — c’mon now guys.

Besides a bitter Red Sox fan, who wouldn’t want to see this? This just screams beautiful, exciting baseball and isn’t that what we want anyway? 

            5.    The Yankees win the World Series. 

OK, so obviously this is a little biased, but hear me out!

The Yankees are in the exact position they were last season BUT they’ve added some heavy artillery to their lineup AND cut the necessary fat from their bullpen (sorry, Adam Warren).

In fact, the Yankees have essentially revamped their team throughout this season in order to prepare for the grueling post-season ahead.

There is a high possibility that the Yankees will once again face the Astros in the ALCS, but this time they are a well-oiled machine with a more experienced Judge running the show. 

All in all, this season has been one to remember and I don’t know about you guys but if you need me, I’ll be anxiously waiting for October. 

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Let the games begin!

— Nicolette

 

 

 



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