Stars Headline MLB Postseason

The MLB postseason is one of heartbreak and triumph. The postseason tests a player. They can fall and crash, or they can thrive and make a difference. This year’s playoffs will be no different as it is filled with plenty of headlines.

Most eyes this postseason will be on the Chicago Cubs, who attempt to repeat as World Series champions. During the regular season, dominant appearances by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant led the Cubs to a National League central division title. Battling them will be the NL East champs, the Washington Nationals. Although the Nationals clinched the division early on, their team still has some major question marks. Their top players, pitcher Max Scherzer and fielder Bryce Harper, have both battled injuries late in the season. The health of those two will be the determining factor in whether the Nationals can pull out a win against Chicago.

On the other side of the NL, two underdogs battled it out for the spot against the top team in the MLB, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks were definitely not projected to have winning seasons, let alone make the playoffs.

The wildcard for the American League was not as set in stone. Both the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins have a steady combination of both pitching and hitting. The difference makers were the Yankees sluggers. Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge all contributed with a homerun, and they successfully chased the Twins’ starting pitcher Jose Berrios after just two innings to win the game. They will face off against the American League champs, the Cleveland Indians. The Indians team has proven to be a brick wall in the playoffs. Last season, their 68-year World Series drought continued as they lost in bottom of the tenth inning in game seven of the World Series against the Cubs. The Indians, though, proved they have it all in 2017. Dominant pitchers in Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller have made the opposition look silly. On the other side of the plate, powerful hitters, including Josè Ramírez and Francisco Lindor, have crushed pitcher’s confidence.

Mookie Betts and the Red Sox hope to bring a World Series win back to Boston. First, they have to go through Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros in one of the most evenly-matched series in this year’s postseason. Cy Young-winning pitchers on the Red Sox, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and David Price, have their hands full with the explosive Astros offensive. Altuve lead almost every hitting category. Along with the bats of Rosh Reddick, George Springer and Carlos Correa, the Houston Astros are foreseen to be a dominate force late in the postseason.

While we all may argue about whose team is better, there is one thing we all have in common: the words “Play Ball” will be blasting from all our televisions come this fall.

– Amy Kerr ’18

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