Once the calendar turns to October, that means one thing….Playoff Baseball! After a grueling 162 game season, and Wild Card victories for the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, the stage is set for the 2017 MLB Postseason. Doesn’t matter if your team went on a 22 game winning streak during the regular season, or your team was crowned World Series Champions the year before, all teams start 0-0, and all with a shot at the crown. While you need a complete performance from top to bottom to make a World Series run, each team has their own biggest strength, thaif clicking, will make their run much easier.
Here is the reason why your team will win the World Series this year…
Cleveland blew a 3-1 lead. One win, and frankly one rain delay, away from being 2016 World Series Champions, the Cleveland Indians only have one thing in mind this postseason, revenge. Not only do they have the revenge factor, but their roster is pretty good too. From top to bottom, the Indians are one of the best teams in baseball, as we saw during their record setting 22 game winning streak this season. Combine that stellar pitching staff and dangerous lineup with just a litttttle more motivation than the rest of the MLB, the Indians are the team to beat this postseason.
What an incredible ride the regular season was.
We broke records and made history, so here’s a thread recognizing those accomplishments: pic.twitter.com/yX2iGg48JA
— AL Central champs! (@Indians) October 4, 2017
Consistency is Key
With an offense that led the majors in runs per game (5.54), batting average (.282), on-base % (.346), and slugging % (.479), you can see why the Astros had one of the best records in baseball. While their stats are off the charts, what you don’t see is the struggles this team went through during the dog days of summer going 11-16 in the month of August. However, with the addition of veteran Justin Verlander to the pitching rotation, and getting their lineup back and healthy, the Astros are poised for a long postseason run, especially if Altuve stays as consistent as he did during the regular season.
Jose Altuve’s consistency is incredible
1st half: .347/.417/.551
2nd half: .347/.407/.554
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) September 28, 2017
Boston Red Sox
Let’s start with stud lefty Chris Sale, who finished the season with a 17-8 record sporting a 2.9 ERA along with 308 strikeouts! You can say the Red Sox are pretty confident they can get a W everytime Sale is on the mound. Surprisingly, Sale isn’t the only stud lefty in the Sox pitching rotation, with the emergence of Drew Pomeranz, who went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA. With Sale and Pomeranz having great seasons on the mound, let’s not forget about the $217 Million man, David Price, who has recently returned from elbow injury to bolster the already strong Red Sox bullpen. As long as the Red Sox offense can produce runs for these guys, the Sox have a great chance to win the World Series this year.
Chris Sale did something that was last done in the AL by Pedro Martinez. Pretty good company. https://t.co/rooDn3zphT
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) September 24, 2017
Coming off an electric 8-4 victory against the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees offense has caught fire at the right time. With AL MVP candidate, Aaron Judge continuing to bash home runs, and the rest of the Yankees lineup following his lead, this is not who the Indians wanted to play in the ALDS. Not only is the Yankees offense en fuego at the moment, but shown in the Wild Card game was the depth of the Yankees bullpen as well. If their offense can stay hot, and the bullpen continues to shut down the late innings, the Yankees can be scary this postseason.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 4, 2017
Los Angeles Dodgers
Ever heard of him? He is only one of the best pitchers of this generation, and is the only way the Dodgers can win the World Series this year. While there is no denying the offensive surge this young lineup has given the Dodgers, especially when they went on a tear to start the season, but there is also no denying how important Kershaw is to this team. We have seen in playoffs past where Kershaw didn’t seem to have “Kershaw Stuff” and they were subsequently bounced from the playoffs each time. However, this time around Kershaw seems to be on another level finishing the season with an 18-4 record and a 2.31 ERA (insert crazy Kershaw stat). If the Dodgers can get “regular season” Kershaw this time around, I certainly would not want to be a National League team slated to face them.
For 9th year in a row, Kershaw has lowered his career ERA: 4.26 3.36 3.17 2.88 2.79 2.60 2.48 2.43 2.37 2.36 I never want this to end.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 1, 2017
Line em Up! Sit em Down!
There is not a better 1-2 punch in the postseason than Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. With the likely NL Cy Young in Scherzer, and Strasburg who has had a record second half, these two look to dominate this postseason. Although both coming off injuries, most recently Scherzer who tweaked his hamstring in his last start of the regular season, I do not see these two slowing down anytime soon. Like the Indians in the AL, I believe the Nationals are the best all around team in the NL, and if these guys are on, the Nats will be a tough out this postseason.
Strasburg and Scherzer are the 2nd pair of teammates in Nats/Expos history with 200+ Ks in one season (Jeff Fassero & Pedro Martínez – 1996) pic.twitter.com/yGjfIyPQXL
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 29, 2017
Stephen Strasburg has an 0.98 ERA since the All-Star break; only three pitchers in MLB history have had a lower ERA in the second half. pic.twitter.com/cve2AydgNQ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 29, 2017
Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
After 108 years, the Cubbies have finally found a winning formula which resulted in the teams first World Series victory since 1908. What do the Cubs have to do this year to repeat as World Series champs? Well the same thing as last year obviously. Not only do the stars like Rizzo and Bryant need to show up, but similar to how Zobrist won World Series MVP, the role players for the Cubs will need to continue with the timely hitting like they did last postseason. Even though the starting rotation is not as strong as last year, the Cubs have all the confidence in the world that Hendricks, Lester, and Arrieta are ready for the bright lights of October baseball. Do the Cubs have what it takes to make another magical run to ANOTHER World Series Championship? History, albeit a century apart, is on their side.
The Cubs made the postseason in 3 straight seasons for 2nd time in franchise history. Other was 1906-08 (lost 1906 WS, won in 1907 and 1908)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 28, 2017
Paul Goldschmidt is the best player you probably haven’t seen play this year. Not only is Goldschmidt the NL MVP favorite who finished the season batting .297 with 36 home runs and 120 RBIs, but he was the initial spark in the NL Wild Card game blasting a 3 run home run in the first inning to give the D-Backs the lead. This postseason could very well be Goldschmidts coming out party to the rest of the country to prove he is one of the best players in the game today. If he can continue his MVP caliber season in the playoffs, we could very well be talking about him as World Series MVP too.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 5, 2017
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