Dodgers, Indians are World Series favorites in Major League Baseball postseason

Dodgers, Indians are World Series favorites in Major League Baseball postseason”

Will the Cubs repeat as champions, or will a surprising team like the Minnesota Twins shock the world and become the first team to become a World Series championship team just one year after losing 100-plus games?

There were high hopes placed on the Red Sox coming into this season as they traded for Chris Sale to bolster their rotation that already contained $217 million man David Price, now pitching out of the bullpen, and 2016 Cy Young victor Rick Porcello. The Diamondbacks may turn out to be the best of the NL teams, while the Rockies barely survived to hold on to the second wild-card spot. And do not discount wild-card entrants Arizona, Colorado, the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.

They had the best record in the American League during the regular season at 102-60, which was also the second-best mark in franchise history behind their unbelievable 111-43 season in 1954. There's a odd calm over me as Friday's first game approaches. And while Sale has been masterful all season, leading the Major League Baseball in strikeouts, Price has struggled through injury while Porcello had a performance similar to, and maybe worse than, Dallas Keuchel's last season. Even after they finally suffered a loss on September 15, the defending AL champs ended the year with 11 wins in 14 games, winning 102 total games.

"I don't think it was a hangover". The victor of the Yankees-Indians series should beat the Red Sox or Astros for the American League pennant. "At the same time, we're a deeper bullpen". All of the sudden, it makes your hitting meaningful. Harper has not played a full game since his August 12 injury. I think it's fair to say, we were all frustrated (in the fist half). The youthful exuberance they bring, I honestly believe make this team better.

When you have the super-likeable Francisco Lindor and the tremendously talented Jose Ramirez, along with AL Cy Young candidate Kluber, it's hard not to like the Indians.

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

There is unfinished business this time.

With the postseason set to begin Tuesday, Bovada released updated World Series odds. "Not in a negative way, but I bet, in a lot of ways, the failure from past year - failing to win the World Series in Game 7 is not failure by any means - but I bet most every guy in there thinks that they should have won". It signified the possibility of the franchise's first World Series title in decades. "I felt that as soon as I got here".

What I most want to see in the postseason is Verlander facing the Indians, his longtime nemesis whom he has struggled against as of late, in an elimination game. Now, they'll all compete for an even more exclusive prize of baseball, the World Series. Sick. Adding on, you have a solid rotation with a duo of Zack Greinke and Robby Ray who can go toe-to-toe with anybody. "But we knew the only thing you can do is keep moving forward". And the only reason I'm not picking them to win it is, so much can happen in a insane series like that and just getting there would be a success to me. Now we have the experience.

"Really, nobody else can draw off what we went through", Miller said. While the Indians still ranked near the bottom in AL attendance, they sold more than 2 million tickets for the first time in nine years.

MLB's deal with YouTube TV will include some crossover marketing, with ballplayers and social YouTube creators collaborating on World Series-themed content with behind-the-scenes looks at playoff ballparks. It was in the low 40s at Wrigley past year, and just imagine how it might feel in Denver or Minneapolis. "You try to learn from stuff and move on", Francona said. That's about once every five seasons, although the last time it happened before this season was in 2003, which means Millennials haven't seen a season like this one since before they were able to grow their manbeards (picture the headline at Business Week, "Millennials have killed 100-win Major League Baseball teams!"). It was quite a journey, but it was previous year.

The history books tell us it was a shocking outcome 63 years ago, and shocking outcomes have occurred with regularity in the World Series.

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