Derek Jambor ’20, Business/ Ad Manager
It’s time for October baseball in the MLB. All the best teams get a chance to play for the grand prize: the world series trophy, along with having their name in the record books. This postseason, there is definitely no guaranteed winner. Every team has talent on the mound and throughout the lineup.
A baseball fan all of his life who loves to follow, and analyze the game said Junior Corbin Rundgren said, “To be honest, I think the Houston Astros will win the world series because of their talent up, and down the lineup.”
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are squaring off in the American League Divisional Series. The Red Sox will have more leverage in this contest because of home field advantage. The pitching star for for the Yankees is Luis Severino, and the king of homeruns is Giancarlo Stanton. Severino had a lights out season finishing with 220 punch outs.
The Yankees are betting on him to take care of business with his 98 mile per hour fastball, and vicious slider that makes hitters look silly at the plate. The Yankees also have All-Star Aaron Judge. Judge hit 36 home runs and had 100 RBIs in the 2018 season, and is looking to punch on a few more this postseason.
On the other side of the contest, the Red Sox are looking to add on to their 108 win regular season with some more wins. Powerful left hander Chris Sale is a force to be reckoned with. Even though Sale was on the injured reserve for some of the season, he came back and still put up numbers that were not expected from him. J.D. Martinez is an MVP candidate, and the Red Sox are lucky to have him on its squad. Every time he stepped up to the plate, the outfield took a few steps back knowing that he could hit the ball a long ways—no matter where the pitcher placed it.
On the National League side of the bracket we have the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The winner of this series will move on for all the marbles in the world series. Not many people expected to see the Brewers go this far considering how horrible their 2017 season turned out finishing last the the National League Central. The Dodgers on the other hand, were having a rough go around after the All-Star break. They fell behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League west, but started heating back up again in September. The Dodgers led by Ace, Clayton Kershaw has been the answer for the Dodgers in many of their games when he is on the mound. They’re looking for some of the same stuff he brought in the regular season when he dominated the other teams lineups. On the other side of the field, the Brewers are led by young superstar Christian Yelich. He has had ice in his veins ever since he stepped onto the diamond, coming in clutch for the Brewers hitting 36 home runs, and knocking in 110 RBI’s. Junior Ben Masters said regarding Yelich, “He is very underrated and is having an MVP season. He is basically my father.”
This postseason is definitely heating up in a big way. The world series will be taking place on October 23 through October 31. It should be interesting to see who is spraying champagne in locker room after this is all set and done.
Photo courtesy of New York Post