The Wild Card’s are set, the Pirates and Rays clinched their respective Wild Card seeds and will travel to St. Louis and Boston respectively. And it is actually fitting both teams made it, because both teams have heated rivalries with the division winners.
The full list of series’ below:
(WC) Tampa Bay Rays vs (#1) Boston Red Sox
Games 1 and 2: Friday October 4th; Saturday October 5th in Boston
Games 3 and 4: Monday October 7th; Tuesday October 8th in Tampa
Game 5: Thursday October 10th in Boston
Prediction: Red Sox in 5. It should be a great series since both teams play each other well typically. Add in a hate factor and it will be fun to watch.
What to look for: Tampa can easily win the series if their pitching does well against the Boston bats, but it won’t be easy since the Red Sox lead the league in scoring, and they outscored their opponents by 197 this year.
(#3) Detroit Tigers at (#2) Oakland Athletics
Games 1 and 2: Friday October 4th; Saturday October 5th in Oakland
Games 3 and 4: Monday October 7th; Tuesday October 8th in Detroit
Game 5: Thursday October 10th in Oakland
Prediction: Detroit in four, I don’t think Oakland has enough talent to hang with the Tigers over a best of five series.
What to look for: Like Tampa the key to the series is pitching, and taking advantage of Miguel Carbera’s late season injury. For the Tigers they also need to rely on pitching despite being the second best offense in baseball. Miguel Carbera’s injury could be affected in cold weather in Detroit.
Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals
Games 1 and 2: Thursday October 3rd and Friday October 4th in St. Louis
Games 3 and 4: Sunday October 6th and Monday October 7th in Pittsburgh
Game 5: Wednesday October 9th in St. Louis
Prediction: Cardinals in five, I think this will be a great series and I think it can go the Pirates’ way if they take one of the first two games in St. Louis.
What to look for: The key to the Pirates will be pitching. If the Pirates can get the pitching I think they have a good shot of winning the series, but if they struggle pitching in the series the Cardinals will sweep them.
(#3) Los Angeles Dodgers @ (#2) Atlanta Braves
Games 1 and 2: Thursday October 3rd and Friday October 4th in Atlanta
Games 3 and 4: Sunday October 6th and Monday October 7th in LA
Game 5: Wednesday October 9th in Atlanta
Prediction: Dodgers in four, I think they have a good run in them left despite a streak during the season that reached to a record of I believe it was 42-8 in a 50 game span.
What to look for: Can Puig be a difference maker. He is single-handedly the reason I took LA in the series, I think he will have a huge impact on the series, like what he did the lift the struggling Dodgers to a huge turn around in the second half of the season.
The royals are an interesting team, they added pitching and they have a decent line up this year. I think the Royals can be a contender, but I don’t see them making the playoffs.
Will the pieces added be enough to propel the Blue Jays into the playoffs, or better yet, deep into the playoffs? They have a great team on paper but they have never played together as a team so chemistry might be an issue.
Can the Red Sox bounce back from last season? With Jackie Bradley Jr making the team it adds new blood to a team that also added Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino. The big injury for Boston is a lack of David Ortiz.
A team that is going into the season with injuries, can they play well without some key members? If not, can they play well after the players return? This could be a season where both the Red Sox and Yankees miss the playoffs.
L. A. Dodgers:
they spent the money, but will it yield results? As a hockey fan I have seen this done before in the past where teams spent money and they failed afterwards, so the say money buys Championships it isn’t always true.
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