Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

MLB Playoff Prediction: The Path to a Historical Rematch

MLB Playoff Prediction: The Path to a Historical Rematch

First pitch for Game 2 Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park is set for 1:05 p.m.

The Dodgers will face the victor of Wednesday's NL Wild Card showdown between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks in a best-of-five series starting on Friday in Los Angeles. Los Angeles will play the eventual NL Wild Card victor between Colorado and Arizona on Friday in the NL Division Series (NLDS).

Tuley's Take: I give the underdog Yankees a better shot at pulling off the series upset. "Play unencumbered. Go out and play mentally freely and play the game we've learned to play over the last couple years".

While there was no panic by the home side, it was uncomfortable in the Yankees dugout. They have one of the best players in the game in Bryce Harper, and they will be able to take advantage of the opportunities the inconsistent Dodgers will give to them. Sale has a personal record of 1-2 in these head-to-head matchups with a very respectable 2.95 ERA, so they often duel each other into the ground before leaving it to the bullpens.

Robertson pitched a career-high 3.1 innings to help save the Yankees.

"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".

The Diamondbacks visit LA to open that division series.

With spectacular on-field play, the Cleveland Indians also bring multiple generations of fans awaiting a championship. Not a single member of the 2017 Houston Astros playoff roster has a World Series ring.

The ALCS and the NLCS are both best-of-seven series. The Indians will be looking for redemption after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Chicago Cubs in last year's World Series, widely considered to be one of the best World Series of recent memory. While the Indians are a favorite to make to the World Series yet again, the Astros aren't going to make it an easy journey.

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October 13, Cleveland, A.L.C.S., Game 1 - Scandal rocks the series when the Indians" ace, Corey Kluber, tests positive for "roids - androids, that is. The Nats rip six homers and the Indians smack seven, winning, 12-11, on a game-ending blast in the ninth by Jason Kipnis.

This past weekend the Red Sox were on the cusp of clinching the American League Eastern division for the second consecutive year.

The Red Sox will be motivated by the chance to get some revenge on the Indians after getting swept in last year's division series. The Indians are projected to win the series 3-1. The Cubs acquired Game 3 starter José Quintana from the White Sox on July 13 to fortify their rotation, and he went 7-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 14 starts for his new team. "Plus, they won 22 games straight this season".

After the Diamondbacks eliminate the Rockies in the Wild Card Game, the team will hit its stride and power past the Dodgers in four games.

Colorado is expected to outscore their opponents with their mighty offense that includes NL MVP candidates Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, but Arizona features Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez, and Zack Greinke, a group that's a force to be reckoned with.

Before Chicago envisions itself in another World Series, it will have to encounter arguably its toughest obstacle: the Washington Nationals. However, Chicago will likely end up defeating Washington in Game 5 of the NLDS due to its experience and better bullpen.

The Cubs are no longer baseball's feel-good story, and no one cares that last year's World Series title ended a Fall Classic drought that dated to 1908.

This time, there will be no heartbreak in Cleveland.

Normally, I eschew fixed-odds futures like these because you can nearly always get a better payoff by taking the series price in a team's first series and parlaying your winnings onto each subsequent series (or game-by-game in single-elimination tournaments such as the National Football League playoffs or March Madness).

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