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October 2017



MLB Postseason Predictions

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The postseason is finally here, with nine teams looking to dethrone the Cubs. In this article I’ll go over the four teams with the best chance to reach the World Series and predict the matchup for the Fall Classic.
American League
Cleveland Indians (102-60, American League Central Champions)
Runs: 818 (6th)
Batting Average: .263 (5th)
On Base Percentage: .339 (2nd)
Slugging Percentage: .449 (3rd)
ERA: 3.30 (1st)
Quality starts: 84 (3rd)
WHIP: 1.16 (2nd)
BAA: .236 (3rd)
Key Players
Jose Ramirez (.318, 29 HR, 83 RBI)
Francisco Lindor (33 HR, 89 RBI)
Edwin Encarnacion (38 HR, 107 RBI)
Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP)
Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25 ERA, 0.87 WHIP)
Cody Allen (2.94 ERA, 30 saves)
Houston Astros (101-61, American League West Champions)
Runs: 896 (1st)
Batting Average: .282 (1st)
On Base Percentage: .346 (1st)
Slugging Percentage: (.478 1st)
ERA: 4.12 (11th)
Quality starts: 67 (18th)
WHIP: 1.27 (8th)
BAA: .240 (6th)
Key Players
Jose Altuve (.346, 24 HR, 81 RBI)
George Springer (.283, 34 HR, 85 RBI)
Carlos Correa (.314, 24 HR, 84 RBI)
Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA, 1.12 WHIP)
Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)
Justin Verlander (5-0, 1.06 ERA, 0.65 WHIP)
Ken Giles (2.30 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 34 saves)


National League
Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58, National League West Champions)
Runs: 770 (12th)
Batting Average: .249 (22nd)
On Base Percentage: .334 (6th)
Slugging Percentage: .437 (8th)
ERA: 3.38 (2nd)
Quality starts: 68 (16th)
WHIP: 1.15 (1st)
BAA: .228 (1st)
Key Players
Justin Turner (.322, 21 HR, 71 RBI)
Cody Bellinger (39 HR, 97 RBI)
Yasiel Puig (28 HR, 74 RBI)
Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31 ERA, 0.95 WHIP)
Alex Wood (16-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.06 WHIP)
Kenley Jansen (5-0, 1.32 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 41 saves)


Chicago Cubs (92-70, National League Central Champions)
Runs: 822 (4th)
Batting Average: .255 (16th)
On Base Percentage: .338 (4th)
Slugging Percentage: .437 (7th)
ERA: 3.95 (7th)
Quality starts: 77 (8th)
WHIP: 1.28 (9th)
BAA: .238 (4th)
Key Players
Kris Bryant (.295, 29 HR, 73 RBI)
Anthony Rizzo (32 HR, 109 RBI)
Kyle Schwarber (30 HR, 59 RBI)
Jake Arrieta (14-10, 3.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)
Wade Davis (2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 32 saves)

American League Championship Series
The Indians will face the winner of the Twins vs. Yankees Wild Card game while the Astros take on the Red Sox. The Indians will have no trouble against the Twins or Yankees while the Astros will have a hard time against the Red Sox but will eventually prevail.

5Dimes will have odds, make sure to review them before wagering on the postseason. The Indians will have home field advantage and they have more postseason experience but the Astros have the better offense and the addition of Justin Verlander will be the X-factor in this series. These two teams are extremely evenly matched but Verlander has been unhittable in five starts with the Astros and he’ll be the difference here.
National League Championship Series
The Dodgers have to play the winner of the Rockies vs. Diamondbacks Wild Card game while the Cubs battle the Nationals. The Dodgers will have home field advantage through the postseason because they finished with the best record in the majors and I see them advancing against either the Rockies or the Diamondbacks while the Cubs have the edge over the Nationals when it comes to offense and postseason experience.

There’s a reason why the Dodgers finished with the best record in the majors while the Cubs had some bumps down the road but closed the season strong. Look for more hard-fought games in this rematch from last year’s National League Championship series. The Cubs know what it takes to win at this stage but the Dodgers have the edge pitching-wise and the better team overall, so look for them to get some revenge and reach the World Series. I hope I’m wrong though, as I want the Cubbies to go all the way again…
World Series matchup: Astros vs. Dodgers



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