MLB Playoffs Sets Stage For Exciting Championship Series
by Jack Robinson on Friday, October 16th, 2015
The MLB playoffs are under way and the World Series is closing in, so ‘tis the season for some 2015 MLB playoff predictions.
Currently in the running to take the American League Championship Series are the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, and Kansas City Royals. On October 6th, the Astros shutout the New York Yankees to win the American League wildcard game and earn their place in the AL West Divisional series. Houston will go on to play the Kansas City Royals for the Division title, which will prove to be an exciting matchup. The statistics for both teams look even, yet the Royals have been in this position before, while Houston has not made the playoffs since 2005. In a situation like this, where there is no obvious winner, experience can turn the tables. Whichever team prevails will have to take on the likely winner of the other half of the bracket: the Blue Jays.
Toronto is the clear frontrunner to represent the American league in the World Series this postseason. The offensive powerhouse produced 897 runs over the season’s 162 games, roughly 125 more than any other team. The Jays also led the league in on base percentage, RBI’s, and slugging percentage. Not only does Toronto have a stacked offense, but also they have an underrated pitching rotation led by David Price and Marcus Stroman. Stroman is still recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, but if healthy, he may be one of the Blue Jays’ most potent weapons. I predict that the Blue Jays will beat the Rangers by a landslide in their AL Divisional series. No team in the American League can compete with this kind of offense. However, statistics are no guarantee and since this is the first time the Blue Jays have clinched a spot in the playoffs in over two decades, they will have to continue to put up incredible numbers late into the postseason.
On the other side of the draw, in the National League, the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs are all fighting for the opportunity to play in the World Series. The Cubs beat the Pirates 4-0 for a spot in the NLDS, and will go on to play the St. Louis Cardinals for a spot in the NLCS. The Cardinals have clinched a spot in the playoffs for the third consecutive year with the best regular season record in the league. The Cardinals seem to be the favorite, but this season has left them riddled with injuries: Adam Wainwright, starting pitcher, Yadier Molina, catcher, Matt Holliday, left-fielder, and Carlos Martinez, pitcher are all out for the post season. These injuries are going to make it all the easier for the Cubs, who have been on a roll this year. With ace Jake Arrieta pitching at the top of his game and rookie Kris Bryant producing staggering numbers, the Cubs are a force to be reckoned with.
In the other NL division series, the New York Mets are taking on the L.A. Dodgers. The Mets’ pitching rotation, which includes Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey, has one of the best combined ERA in the majors. With a rotation like that you would think the Mets would be unstoppable, but their offense has been relatively unproductive. The stagnant offense is why I have to go with the Dodgers on this one. The Dodgers have arguably the two best pitchers in the league. With three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and a healthy Zack Greinke, the Dodgers are going to be tough to beat. To back up the defense, the Dodgers also flaunt a steady offense, led by Adrian Gonzalez. I predict that the Dodgers will take the NLCS title and face the Jays in the World Series. No team in the National League can hit against such a potent pitching staff.
And now for the World Series prediction: If my previous predictions are correct, it will be Dodgers versus Blue Jays in the World Series. With the most explosive offense in the league, Toronto has a chance. However, the Toronto pitching staff will have to play the best they have played all season to pull out a win against the steady, veteran lineup of L.A. Nevertheless, with the most well rounded team in the league, the L. A Dodgers are my pick to win it all.
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