SMITH: MLB playoffs predictions

SMITH: MLB playoffs predictions”

Vegas Insider, for example, has the Twins and Rockies tied at 25:1 odds to win it all this year, worst of the 10 teams that qualified for the postseason.

The 2017 regular season ended Sunday, and the postseason will commence Tuesday with the American League Wild Card Game.

In the American League, all eyes will be on the Cleveland Indians, who surged over the last two months of the season to earn the league's best record at 102-60.

Now, to this year's postseason: The American League should enjoy a big advantage in the World Series.

In the National League, the Chicago Cubs failed to run away with the regular season crown the way many predicted. The Dodgers, Indians, and Astros all won at least 100 games this season, marking the first season since 2003 in which three teams had reached that mark. They need to win both of their final two games, while the Los Angeles Dodgers would need to lose their two upcoming games against the Colorado Rockies.

As Kipnis said, they expect to win every time they take the field, and right-hander Josh Tomlin expanded on that feeling last week. For example, the Texas Rangers had a run differential past year of just +8 but secured the top seed in the AL.

The Flyer News sports staff laid out their predictions for the October ahead.

The Rockies' presumptive starter, Jon Gray, is MLB's second-hardest throwing starter.

You may not have a horse in the postseason race, but if you're looking to hitch your wagon to a team this postseason, we offer this rankings, presented from lowest to highest based on "root factor". While neither of these teams have glaring flaws, I think it's the Dodgers that have shown a funk can derail them just a bit more.

The second thing I'll look at is a team's starting rotation. Ultimately, Boston has two former Cy Young winners who aren't even considered to be their ace alongside a loaded lineup with a leader in Dustin Pedroia who has been there a few times before.

Plus, the surprise acquisition of Justin Verlander increased the Astros' playoff chances that much further and gave them a "World Series or bust" mantra, just like the Dodgers.

Back to that Nationals and Cubs series that should be a barn burner. The wild card victor will play the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium at 10:31 p.m. ET. Obviously, it didn't finish the way we wanted it to but everybody got a full playoff run under their belts and most of us guys are back. There's something to be said for resilience, and passion.

The Boston Red Sox can clinch the AL East tonight with a win over Houston and a New York Yankee loss to Tampa Bay.

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Plus, the Nats just got Bryce Harper back, and he's always a thrill to watch.

Although Yanks' starter Severino has a hot arm, he's never played in the postseason at any level and whilst the NY offense is explosive, the Twins should prevail under starter Ervin Santana.

But unlike a year ago, when the Cubs' run to their first championship since 1908 captivated the country, they are just another playoff team this time around. I give the edge to Zack Greinke's Diamondbacks, despite the Rockies' superior bullpen. After this it gets surprisingly easier.

The narrative of the Astros bringing a World Series home following Hurricane Harvey would be one for the storybooks, and I'm sure that's already being contemplated.

Just like the Twins, the Arizona Diamondbacks did a complete about-face in 2017. Sorry Steve, but the Nats are missing something... The Yankees finished the season strong and for the first time in a long time, don't carry the expectations of great teams of the past.

I'll take the Cubs over the Dodgers, again, to win the NL pennant.

Over the past six seasons, the Red Sox have either finished first or last in the American League East. Followed by the Dodgers, Astros and Cubs.

If both teams play their best, the Yanks will win.

All games throughout the playoffs can be live-streamed at MLB.TV.

Nationals host Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS matchup at 5:38 p.m. on TBS.

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