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Dan Says… Here are my Major League Baseball Playoff Predictions!

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Dan Skip Allen

The end of September is approaching and with that comes the end of the MLB regular season. October is the month where MLB players go from every day ball players to legends of the game. Or in Bill Buckner’s case, hated by fans forever. You can really make a name for yourself like Steve Pierce did last year when he went from journeyman to World Series hero. That all starts with winning your division or wild card spot. Most of the divisions have been set for a while now, so all were waiting for is the NL Central to sort itself out and the NL Wild Card spots.

     In the American League the New York Yankees and Houston Astros have been running away with their divisions since May. They will be the 1 and 2 seeds in the playoffs. They will also hold home field in the World Series, if either team makes it that far. It’s safe to say one of them will make it to the World Series. My money is on the Astros but who knows? The Yankees could be getting healthy at the right time. They got Luis Severino back recently and the bullpen has pitched lights out as of late. The Astros starting pitching could be the best in the majors. Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke are a formidable trio. That will be hard for any team to overcome. The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s look like they have the Wild Card spots locked up in the AL as well. While the Minnesota Twins have been coasting in the weak AL Central, the Cleveland Indians don’t have enough games to make up the ground they need. I feel like the World Series winner will come from the American League. All five teams seem to me like better teams than the NL teams. October is right around the corner so we will see what happens.

In the National League, the East and West divisions have been locked up for a while now. The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers are the top two seeds in the NL. They have been playing lights out baseball for months. Both teams have formidable lineups led by Ozzie Albis and Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers on the other hand have great pitching from Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw. My heart leans toward the Braves but my brain leans toward the Dodgers.  The NL Central is still tite between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. That may come down to the last day of the season on Sunday to see who wins that division. Also, the last Wild Card will come out of the NL Central as well. The Washington Nationals have run away with the first Wild Card. I don’t think any of these teams will compete with the Dodgers or Braves in the NL. The Brewers have been playing great lately without the NL MVP from last year, Christian Yellich. So you never know. 

 My picks for the World Series are the Astros vs the Dodgers in a rematch of the World Series from 2017. This will make the 3rd consecutive time the Dodgers have made it to the World Series and the 2nd out of three years for the Astros. The cream has definitely risen to the top once again in Major League Baseball. I can’t wait to see what happens! Play Ball!!!

Dan Skip Allen