MLB playoffs begin

Blake Rutenberg

  In major league baseball October marks the month where legends are born, rivalries are renewed, and history is made. Hall of famers such as “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson and Kirk Gibson changed the tides of baseball history with legendary playoff performances. Who will be the next big hero? Below is a analysis of the teams who made this year’s playoffs.

  Cleveland Indians: The Cleveland Indians have not won a world series since 1948. The Indians enter the playoffs on a 41-7 run, over that time span, the team strung together a 22 game win streak, the longest win streak by an American League team in the history of the MLB.

  Houston Astros: After finishing the season with 101 wins, the Astros look to proclaim their first world series title. After Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, Houston has rallied behind the Astros, giving them complete support.

  Los Angeles Dodgers: With the best record in the MLB, the Dodgers appear to be the renowned favorite in this years playoffs. Led by Clayton Kershaw who hold a record of 18-4, the Dodgers appear to have very few weak points.

  Washington Nationals: With the return of Bryce Harper, the Nationals seem to have the full strength of their lineup back. The Nationals haven’t had many challenges throughout the season, as they ended the season 20.0 games ahead of the Marlins.
  New York Yankees: With an interesting start in the American League wild card game, the Yankees adjusted and had to go to their bullpen with only one out in the first inning. With the best home field record in the MLB, the Yankees will need to win games away in order to make a World Series run.

  Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox hope to keep the “win, dance, repeat,” rhythm alive as they take on the Houston Astros. The Red Sox lost 3 of 4 to the Astros to close out the season and will need to find a way to cool off the Astros lineup in order to advance.

  Chicago Cubs: The defending World Series champions hope to reproduce last year’s results again. Last year ended a 108 year heartache, the Cubs look to go back-to-back again and win this year’s World Series.
  Arizona Diamondbacks: On the brink of elimination, the Diamondbacks will look to star pitcher Zack Greinke to keep their playoff hopes alive. The D-Backs have one World Series title under their belts in search of a second.

  Minnesota Twins: The team reached the playoffs after losing 103 games last season. They clinched an American League Wild Card playoff berth against the New York Yankees.