The final day of the baseball regular season ended with a bang. The Giants, Blue Jays, and Orioles clinched Wild Card Berths, while the Cardinals missed out. On the non-postseason picture, Vin Scully broadcasted his final game of his 67 year career, Mark Texeira played his final game of his 14 year career, and the Atlanta Braves closed the door on Turner Field.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s postseason time. The brackets are set, and it’s time to reveal my postseason predictions. Let’s get to it.
AL Wild Card Game: Blue Jays over Orioles.
I’m already seeing deja vu in my eyes. I think a Texas-Toronto postseason matchup will happen for the second year in a row. Besides, Toronto has a big advantage, as Baltimore’s Chris Tillman, their opposing starting pitcher for tonight’s Wild Card Game is 2-6 with a 7.01 ERA at Rogers Centre. I’m sorry Orioles fans, maybe in 2018 (because they make the playoffs in even years).
NL Wild Card Game: Mets over Giants.
This was a tough decision, but I think Syndergaard will pitch a great game, and the Mets offense will carry this team to the division series. Then again, it is an even year, but Taylor Swift is not releasing an album this year, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at this.
ALDS: Blue Jays over Rangers in 5.
If the Blue Jays win the Wild Card game tomorrow, this series is going to be interesting. If Toronto beat the Rangers last year, then I think Toronto can beat Texas again.
ALDS: Red Sox over Indians in 4.
I feel like Big Papi is going to have one last great postseason, and the Red Sox will rally around him. They have plenty of great hitters around Papi, just look at Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr, Dustin Pedroia, and Xander Bogaerts. On the other hand, the Indians lack playoff experience, and this should be an advantage for Boston.
NLDS: Mets over Cubs in 5.
Another tough decision here. The Cubs won 103 games this year, but to the Mets, this Cubs team is pretty much the same team they swept in the NLCS last year (other than the addition of Ben Zobrist). If they beat the Cubs last year, I’m sure they can beat them again.
NLDS: Nationals over Dodgers in 5.
This was probably one of the more tougher decisions yet. Bryce Harper sucks in the postseason, and so does Clayton Kershaw. Wilson Ramos is out for the postseason with a torn ACL, and we all know what Daniel Murphy was for the Mets last postseason, so I’m gonna favor the Nationals here.
ALCS: Red Sox over Blue Jays in 6.
Big Papi’s leading the way here. I think he will lead Boston to its fourth World Series appearance in the last 12 years. Unfortunately, Blue Jays fans, you’re gonna have to wait another year.
NLCS: Mets over Nationals in 6.
If this actually happens, this is gonna be interesting. Division rivals clashing in the NLCS ought to be worth looking at. If so, the Mets are gonna have an advantage, considering that the team has caught fire this past month, and Bryce Harper has had his struggles in the postseason. I think the Mets are headed to back to back World Series for the first time in Franchise History.
World Series: Red Sox over Mets in 7.
Again, another tough choice, but I’m favoring the Red Sox. I’m thinking that David Ortiz is not cooling off anytime soon, and he is going to get his 4th World Series Ring in his final season.
In the meantime, let’s get the popcorn ready for this year’s postseason, and see it unfold as the days pass. You ready? 3, 2, 1, Postseason!