MLB Postseason Preview

MLB Playoffs Preview

Stonehenge, UFOs, Bigfoot, the 2017 Minnesota Twins. Ladies and gentlemen, there are unexplained mysteries in this world. At the beginning of the year, I’d have sounded like a lunatic if I’d predicted the Twins would be in the playoffs after a 103-loss season a year ago. Well, here we are. Somehow, someway, we’ve managed to sneak into the second AL Wild Card spot and have a date with Clu Haywood (hope you caught the reference) and the Yankees looming tonight. All I can say is I’m surprised and elated with how the team has performed this year. It’s felt like forever since we were here (7 years ago) and regardless of what happens tonight, we have a lot to look forward to in the years to come.

Enough homer ranting. Here is a little preview of what should be an outstanding MLB postseason:

 

Schedule:

Wild Card Round

TUESDAY, OCT. 3 Twins at Yankees, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4 Rockies at Diamondbacks, 8 p.m. ET, TBS

 

Divisional Series

AL-

THURSDAY, OCT. 5 Red Sox at Astros, Game 1, 4 p.m. ET, FS1 or MLBN
THURSDAY, OCT. 5 WC winner at Indians, Game 1, 7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 or MLBN
FRIDAY, OCT. 6 Red Sox at Astros, Game 2, 2 p.m. ET, FS1 or MLBN
FRIDAY, OCT. 6 WC winner at Indians, Game 2, 5 p.m. ET, FS1 or MLBN
SUNDAY, OCT. 8 Astros at Red Sox, Game 3, FS1 or MLBN
SUNDAY, OCT. 8 Indians at WC winner, Game 3, FS1 or MLBN
MONDAY, OCT. 9 Astros at Red Sox, Game 4*, FS1
MONDAY, OCT. 9 Indians at WC winner, Game 4*, FS1
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11 Red Sox at Astros, Game 5*, FS1
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11 WC winner at Indians, Game 5*, FS1
NL-
FRIDAY, OCT. 6 Cubs at Nationals, Game 1, 7:30 p.m. ET, TBS
FRIDAY, OCT. 6 WC winner at Dodgers, Game 1, 10:31 p.m. ET, TBS
SATURDAY, OCT. 7 Cubs at Nationals, Game 2, 5:30 p.m. ET, TBS
SATURDAY, OCT. 7 WC winner at Dodgers, Game 2, 9 p.m. ET, TBS
MONDAY, OCT. 9 Nationals at Cubs, Game 3, TBS
MONDAY, OCT. 9 Dodgers at WC winner, Game 3, TBS
TUESDAY, OCT. 10 Nationals at Cubs, Game 4*, TBS
TUESDAY, OCT. 10 Dodgers at WC winner, Game 4*, TBS
THURSDAY, OCT. 12 Cubs at Nationals, Game 5*, TBS
THURSDAY, OCT. 12 WC winner at Dodgers, Game 5*, TBS

 

Championship Series

AL –

FRIDAY, OCT. 13 ALCS, Game 1, FOX or FS1
SATURDAY, OCT. 14 ALCS, Game 2, FOX or FS1
MONDAY, OCT. 16 ALCS, Game 3, FOX or FS1
TUESDAY, OCT. 17 ALCS, Game 4, FOX or FS1
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 ALCS, Game 5*, FOX or FS1
FRIDAY, OCT. 20 ALCS, Game 6*, FOX or FS1
SATURDAY, OCT. 21 ALCS, Game 7*, FOX or FS1

 

NL –

SATURDAY, OCT. 14 NLCS, Game 1, TBS
SUNDAY, OCT. 15 NLCS, Game 2, TBS
TUESDAY, OCT. 17 NLCS, Game 3, TBS
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 NLCS, Game 4, TBS
THURSDAY, OCT. 19 NLCS, Game 5*, TBS
SATURDAY, OCT. 21 NLCS, Game 6*, TBS
SUNDAY, OCT. 22 NLCS, Game 7*, TBS

 

World Series –

TUESDAY, OCT. 24 Game 1, FOX
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25 Game 2, FOX
FRIDAY, OCT. 27 Game 3, FOX
SATURDAY, OCT. 28 Game 4, FOX
SUNDAY, OCT. 29 Game 5*, FOX
TUESDAY, OCT. 31 Game 6*, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1 Game 7*, FOX

 

This postseason is a story of powerhouse teams. The Indians and the Astros both won 100 games in the AL. The Dodgers were well on their way to the best record in MLB history before hitting a 1-16 skid. The Red Sox, Nationals, Cubs and Diamondbacks are all stacked with immense talent. Although the Indians look like the favorite due to a ridiculous pitching staff and closing the season on a 41-7 run, anything can happen in October.

Predictions:

AL –

Wild Card –

Twins over Yankees (duh…and I’ll be wrong)

Divisional Series –

Astros over Red Sox

Indians over Twins

Championship Series –

Astros over Indians

NL –

Wild Card –

Diamondbacks over Rockies

Divisional Series –

Cubs over Nationals

Dodgers over Diamondbacks

Championship Series –

Dodgers over Cubs

World Series –

Astros over Dodgers

This is because of Justin Verlander, a future HOFer who is still searching for his first World Series ring. He provides a huge spark to a team with an already dangerous lineup, and I feel he will be the Series MVP. He’s pitched in two World Series, but is 0-3 in those starts. Look for him to right the ship, and for the Astros to give Houston something to cheer for after Harvey.

Enjoy the best time of the sports year ladies and gentlemen!