And while the Wild Card situation is questionable for a few (why should there be a one-game standoff when most baseball games are played in series), for viewers it’s about as intense as baseball can get. The National League Wild Card Game will be played the next day on Wednesday, October 7 at about 8 p.m. ET on TBS.
In the NL, I have the 100 game winning St Louis Cardinals over the Pirates in another close series. That showdown starts also at 5 pm: the Cubs vs Pirates. Errata has given up only four earned runs in his last 881/3 innings, dating back to the beginning of August.
It came down to the wire between the Cubs and Pirates, also slugging it out for home-field in the play-in game set to take place on Wednesday night.
The Yankees and Astros open the postseason in New York with Masahiro Tanaka pitching against Houston ace Dallas Keuchel in the AL wild-card game.
Les Carpenter: None. There are already too many teams in baseball’s postseason.
Now, the Houston Astros need him to pitch the game of his life – while starting on three days’ rest for the first time in his career. The Cardinals went on to sweep the Detroit Tigers and win the World Series. Are we getting the best from both teams? No.
If the Cubs win you’ll be …
LC: Blue Jays and Cardinals.
His team has soared since. Aside from this game, I’m looking forward to game one of the AL Division Series on Thursday when the Kansas City Royals will face off against the Yankees or Astros. Keuchel, meanwhile, is a 20-game victor who has been among the AL’s best pitchers all season. It’ll go to extra innings in game 7 and rookie Kris Bryant will hit the walk off homer.
The seasons of futility that made the Houston Astros one of the punchlines in baseball are not far from our memory, as they posted the MLB’s worst record-by far-in 2013.
Postseason baseball is finally here. I predict the Mets will defeat the Dodgers and square off against the Cardinals for a repeat of the 2006 NLCS.
This series will include perhaps the two best pitchers in baseball, and that’s just the Dodgers.
Astros/Yankees vs. RoyalsBy Tony Schwab, Contributing WriterKansas City begins its quest to repeat as AL champs against one of three teams that have been very on and off this year. If I had a vote for the NL Cy Young Award, I would vote for Arrieta. Greinke posted a majors-best 1.66 while going 19-3 and striking out 200.
The Mets will counter with their trio of hard-throwing young right-handers.
It’s important to remember that in the three years of this new format, the lower seed has won the play-in game four times.
Following deGrom will be Noah Syndergaard, 23, and Matt Harvey, 26. Even the biggest fans can admit that the 162-game regular season can get a bit monotonous. Because not even they would be old enough to have witnessed the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Let’s cross the Cubs off. Their fans would likely become the modern version of 2004 Red Sox fans. In fact, Babe Ruth was 13 years old. If he delivered an all-time World Series MVP performance?
Aside from St. Louis, none of the aforementioned playoff teams have won the World Series since at least 1988 (and in the case of the Cubs, you have to subtract another 80 years from that to find their last championship). And Mets fans think they have it bad. They probably won’t win this year, but if they do it’ll serve as one of the best Cinderella stories in sports, and the potential start of a dynasty.
According to the Globe, this exec wants to basically invert the current format of one Wildcard game followed by series in the Divisional and Conference rounds, as well as the World Series. He pitched a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium, while his lone loss came when the Cubs were no-hit by Cole Hamels. Something tell us the New York Yankees would spend infinitely more if that’s what it took to get into the playoffs.