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MLB Championship Analysis


Source CBS Sports

With the MLB Championship series starting this Friday, much can be said this far. The Boston Red Sox came into the postseason as the only team exceeding 105 wins. They consist of two MVP contestants, a “Coach of the Year” contestant, and they are the World Series favorites.  

Red Sox celebrating after a postseason win. bosoxinjection.com

The Red Sox’s lineup is loaded with stars such as JD Martinez, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Chris Sale. Furthermore, under-the-radar players such as Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. continue to impress. In the Red Sox’s 16-1 victory, 2B Brock Holt hit for a cycle, becoming the first player of all time to do this in the postseason. With a loaded roster, homefield advantage, and plenty of confidence, the Red Sox aim to take home the trophy. On the other side of the AL (American League) are the Houston Astros. The Astros are the defending World Series champions, after edging the Dodgers 4-3 last year. The Astros’ season has been rough all year due to injuries. Carlos Correra, Jose Altuve, and George Springer have all missed time this season, yet the Astros still finished with 101 wins. Had injuries not taken their toll on the Astros, one might wonder how many more wins they could have accumulated. Just like the Red Sox, the Astros have plenty of talented players.

All-Star Justin Verlander. theringer.com

The reigning MVP, Jose Altuve is one of the many Astros aiming for a repeat as MLB champions. The Astros will probably have a great series. In the NL (National League), the Milwaukee Brewers have made the NLDS. This was a surprise to many since Milwaukee is not a very good team. Led by MVP candidate Christian Yelich, the Brewers stayed toe to toe with Cubs all year, and ultimately claimed the NL as theirs. Coming off a sweep of the slugging Colorado Rockies, the Brewers now take on the Dodgers. Consisting of one of the best bullpens in baseball and with a high scoring offense, the Brewers have a decent chance for the title.

Christian Yelich. sportingnews.com

Yelich has the cycle twice this year and is top three in many NL batting categories. The potential of the Brewers should not be underestimated. Finally, the NL team, that was expected to return to the NLDS, is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have always had talent, a large market, and good coaches. With good trade deadline moves, the Dodgers propelled themselves in front of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. Bringing in Manny Machado and Brian Dozier and the comeback of Matt Kemp bolstered the Dodgers heavily. Despite Cory Seagar’s injury, Yasiel Puig’s down season, and Clayton Kershaw’s issues, the Dodgers kept it together for another NLCS appearance.

Manny Machado hits a HR. sportingnews.com

The MLB postseason is always an interesting time of year. However, this year stands apart from the rest. The best team battles the reigning champs. The surprise of the year battles the NL superpower. As the following week lays out, only two of these teams will make it into the World Series.

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