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The most essential part of each Major League Baseball postseason team

06 Octubre 2017, 04:45 | Cornelio Vivanco

The most essential part of each Major League Baseball postseason team

Hideki Matsui helped the Yankees to their most recent World Series title a playoff run that began with the team's win over the Twins in the ALDS

The Astros' ability to make contact is supplemented by their equivalent ability to hit the long-ball, as they place second behind the New York Yankees in total home runs hit in all of baseball.

Said first baseman Anthony Rizzo: "Somehow we managed to get two here, which we felt like was a series win". The bullpen almost carried the Indians all the way last season and is again a very deep unit with left-hander Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen at the backend and a host of talented pitchers in front of them. The pitching is fine with Severino and the others really picked up their game, but is it better than what Cleveland, Houston, or Boston has?

One game into the American League Division Series and Astros fans are more pumped than ever. In one of the best storylines of this season, the Indians won a record 22 games in a row between August and September, cementing their spot atop the AL Central and all of baseball in the eyes of many.

Perhaps the Indians will follow suit as the 2015 Kansas City Royals and use the heartache of losing Game 7 of the World Series as motivation to come back and finish the job this year. The Nationals are looking to win their first World Series.

That would be it for the Yankees, who began a long downturn in 1965 that would not turn around until a pennant in 1976. But of the top seeds in each league, Cleveland played better in the second half and has lights-out pitching on the front end through the likes of Corey Kluber and on the back end with Cody Allen and lefty Andrew Miller in the bullpen.


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The defending champion Cubs finished the season with 15 wins in 19 games, but ace Jake Arrieta is out at least the first two games, and Jon Lester has been struggling. Like their drive isn't there as it was previous year and the players, both the young and veterans seem to think the wins will come to them.

Now, to this year's postseason: The American League should enjoy a big advantage in the World Series.

Encarnacion, a former Blue Jay, has helped them do it by leading the team in homers (38) and RBI (107).

The Boston Red Sox will end their season with a parade in Beantown, according to a majority of Robeson County's head baseball coaches.


MLB's deal with YouTube TV will include some crossover marketing, with ballplayers and social YouTube creators collaborating on World Series-themed content with behind-the-scenes looks at playoff ballparks.

As Kipnis said, they expect to win every time they take the field, and right-hander Josh Tomlin expanded on that feeling last week. Houston has never won the World Series.

Fast-forward more than three months, and the personalities, politics and sideshow possibilities that this National League Division Series represents could only get better if Trump and Todd Ricketts show up for Game 1 Friday night with rolls of paper towels to throw to the fans. The good news about finishing 40 games back, there is nowhere to go but up. The victor of the Yankees-Indians series should beat the Red Sox or Astros for the American League pennant. The Yankees have one of the best farm systems in baseball. This was in part due to the acquisition of NL MVP candidate J.D. Martinez, who has amassed 45 home runs and 104 RBI's and slashing.303/.376/.690. They will then advance to eventually lose to the Houston Astros, who possess a very similar roster make up, in the 2017 World Series.

"We're going to run into these guys in the playoffs, and you'll come down, and you'll see them crumble", Ricketts said to President Trump. The New York Giants, led by the great Mays and his famous circus catch, beat the Indians in four straight. It happened again 21 years later and again it was during an expansion year (1998).

But not this year. "Hopefully, we can use that fuel and get one more win".




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