“Baseball Playoffs-Bring Your Bats-Are There Enough Arms”
We got a sneak preview the last two nights, about what we are going to see the next couple of weeks.
Baseball is headed towards the Fall Classic, and what a beginning.
The Yankees unleashing the modern day version of the “Bronx Bombers” with Aaron Judge leading the way with all those New York home runs. They trashed the Twins, and head into Cleveland with momentum, and 245-homers this season.
The Indians await with a cross section of guys who can hit home runs too, led by Edwin Encarnarcion and his friends. The Tribe have two frontline pitchers, but lots of Yankees can hit lots of home runs, and have this year. Can a divers-dangerous Cleveland lineup wear out New York’s staff?
1954 was a few curveballs ago, the last time the Indians won the World Series, but if the Curse of the Billy goat ended at Wrigley Field, and the Curse of the Bambino went away at Fenway Park, maybe the Mistake on the Lake might forever disappear go this fall.
What a matchup in Houston, where the Astros, who put a lot of homers into orbit, have George Springer and a lineup full of guys, who can rake, especially at Minute Maid Park.
This is not your typical Red Sox team, but they have a lineup full of hitters, who spray and occasionally can go yard. It is life after David Ortiz, and it is different.
Of course the matches on the mound in games one and two should be dazzling. You expect that with Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz. But in modern day baseball, hitting seems to be outperforming pitching.
The Dodgers-Arizona matchup should ge a classic. LA with a loaded starting staff, but Arizona with home run hitters will likely be in attack mode too.
The Diamondbacks wear you out with a new look lineup that is dangerous everywhere, from JD Martinez to Paul Goldschmidt.
The win over Colorado was a war of attrition, that wore out both pitching staffs.
The Dodgers health is an issue, but no doubt that if healthy, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Justin Turner and more, will put LA in position to keep playing, keep winning.
On paper, Kershaw to Darvish to Rich Hill to Alex Wood, looks awesome.. 1988 was a long time ago, when LA last won the World Series.
Washington and the Cubs present an impressive array of talent, from Bryce Harper to Anthony Rizzo, and some dominant starting pitcher, highlighted by Stephen Strasburg and a veteran Chicago staff that was in the World Series last fall.
Baseball in October is so very different. The final 4-in each league promises some tremendous matchups, on the mound, and at the plate.
If you thought the wildcard games were wild, wait till you take in beginning tonight, what is about to happen.