May 29, 2019
In the AL, we have the 1 seeded New York Yankees, 2 seed Houston Astros, 3 seed Cleveland Indians, 4 seed Tampa Bay Rays, and 5 seed Boston Red Sox. The AL East sent three teams to the postseason this year with a good chance one of them will make it to the World Series.
In the NL, we have the 1 seeded Chicago Cubs, 2 seed Atlanta Braves, 3 seed San Diego Padres, 4 seed Milwaukee Brewers, and 5 seed St. Louis Cardinals. The NL Central will send three teams as well. Hoping that one of the three can win the World Series for the NL Central.
AL/NL Wild Card:
4 seed Tampa Bay Rays vs 5 seed Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale vs Blake Snell, two dominant lefties on the mound for a low scoring affair. Whoever gets pulled first, that team will lose the game and be eliminated from the playoffs. I think Chris Sale will last longer than Snell and the Red Sox will advance to face arch-rival New York Yankees.
4 seed Milwaukee Brewers 5 seed St. Louis Cardinals
Madison Bumgarner vs Miles Mikolas, the Brew Crew’s new arm, and the Cardinals ace. Bumgarner will shut down the Cardinals bats while the Brewers will rip Mikolas. The Brewers hitters will put up runs early and never look back to win and face 1 seed division rival, Chicago Cubs.
AL/NL Divisional Series:
1 seed New York Yankees vs 5 seed Boston Red Sox
Another matchup that will forever go down into history. The series will go to a win or go home game 5 with the Yankees dethroning the defending the World Series champions. With everyone back and healthy for the Yankees, there is no stopping them in route to a trip to the AL Championship.
2 seed Houston Astros vs 3 seed Cleveland Indians
This series will only take three games with the Astros sweeping the Indians. The Indians will once again coast to another playoff berth with their division being the worst in baseball. Houston’s big 3 of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and newly added Chris Archer will be a lot to handle in the playoffs.
1 seed Chicago Cubs vs 4 seed Milwaukee Brewers
The series will go only 4 games with the Cubs winning the series 3-1. With a great starting rotation, that will be the key to Chicago’s wins in the series. Depth all around for the Cubs will be too much to handle for the Brewers as they will move on to the NL Championship face the winner of Atlanta and San Diego.
2 seed Atlanta Braves vs 3 seed San Diego Padres
A battle of the two youngest teams in baseball. The Braves with tons of star-studded talent and the Padres being the sleeper team of the year. This series will for sure go 5 games and come down to who has a home-field advantage; the Braves do and just because of that will go on to win the series in dramatic fashion.
AL/NL Championship Series:
1 seed New York Yankees vs 2 seed Houston Astros
The most anticipated series of the playoffs this year with both teams having excellent starting pitching and great bullpens. The key to winning this series will be who can score runs in any way possible. Being a low scoring series, the Yankees will have more valuable arms and better hitters that can create runs to win the series in 6.
1 seed Chicago Cubs vs 2 seed Atlanta Braves
The Cubs and Braves have tons of young hitters with lots of potential. Hitting home runs is there forte and lots will be hit in this series. With Rizzo, Bryant, Baez, and Contreras at the top of the lineup, expect them to score at least a run every time through the lineup. The Braves will do the same with Donalson, Acuna Jr., Freeman, and Albies. With such high scoring games, it will come down to who has the best bullpen. With some additions at the deadline, the Cubs will have a better bullpen and win the series sending them to the World Series.
What we all waited for, the World Series. This year’s World Series is between the best records in baseball for both leagues, the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. Both teams will be matched up well as these games will all be decided by less than 3 runs. The Cubs have an advantage because they were here just 3 years ago when they won it all in 2016 ending the 108-year drought. With ending the drought and back again I just can’t see them losing with so much experience. The Cubs will win the World Series in 6 games and claim the throne once again.