Bason’s Picks MLB Playoffs Edition 

The MLB Postseason starts tonight with the Yankees and Twins in AL Wild Card action. Without any further ado here are my predictions

AL Wild Card Yankees def. Twins

The Yankees and Twins kick off the playoffs and in a game where lots of young talent will be on display such as Aaron Judge, Byron Buxton, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Sano, Luis Severino, etc. With Luis Severino on the hill tonight in Yankee Stadium the Yankees should be able to defeat the Twins and move on to Cleveland. The Twins win or lose still made the playoffs one year removed from a 100+ loss season.

NL Wild Card D-Backs def Rockies      

   Both of these team missed the playoffs last year in fact both teams were in playoff droughts; Colorado hasn’t made it since 2009 and Arizona hasn’t been in since 2011. Arizona only managed a mere 69 wins and now they are coincidentally enough 93-69 this year. As far as the game is concerned the Diamondbacks are entering this game as one of the hottest teams in the majors and should win no problem.

ALDS Astros def. Red Sox 3-1

The Red Sox have won the AL East for the second straight year setting them up for a matchup against the Houston Astros. The Astros have one of the best lineups in baseball anchored by MVP candidate Jose Altuve. The Red Sox have been led by their ace Chris Sale but their bullpen isn’t always consistent which could lead them into a hole against such a deep Houston team.

ALDS Indians def. Yankees 3-0

   The Indians were in the World Series last year and are somehow even better this year. The Yankees are team that is seemingly set up for postseason success powerful bats, strong bullpen, improved starting rotation led by Luis Severino. However the Yankees are too young to topple the big bad Indians who are hottest team in the league and firing on all cylinders. Maybe they’ll take a game but that’s a big maybe.

NLDS Cubs def. Nationals 3-2

The defending champs are set to take on the Nationals who somehow better every year. Just remember tho the Nationals always look like contenders going into October but fold like a cheap suit once the postseason starts much like hockey playing neighbors the Washington Capitals. The Cubs are a different team than they were last but maybe just as good. Their starting rotation by Jake Arrieta and Jose Quintana should lead to a return to NLCS for the Cubs. 

NLDS D-Backs def. Dodgers 3-2

Remember what I said about the Nationals being the Capitals of the MLB well the Dodgers aren’t much better. While Kershaw and the Dodgers have gotten better in October but still cannot be trusted. The D-Backs have had the Dodgers number all year and while regular season and postseason are different but this is a very tough matchup for the Dodgers. The           D-Backs should be able to keep their wave of momentum going against the Dodgers.

ALCS Indians def. Astros 4-2

   Both teams are very deep and this should really be a good one. The Astros appeared to be the best team for most of the year but as of right now the Indians are hotter and maybe even a little better. The Astros will put one hell of a fight but at the end of the day the Indians should be able to pull it off.

NLCS Cubs def. D-Backs 4-1

   The Diamondbacks may be one of the hotter teams in baseball on a momentum high from beating baseballs best the Dodgers. The Cubs have one thing the Diamondbacks don’t which is experience. This would be the third straight NLCS for the Cubs and while Arizona would be a tough out the Cubs are more than capable of getting past them.

World Series Indians def. Cubs 4-2

Yes you heard it hear I’m predicting a rematch of last years World Series with a different result; and unlike the NBA this repeat championship series isn’t completely inevitable from day one of the regular season anything can happen in baseball. It seemed like the Indians were on n there way to their first chip since 1948 last year but witg the blown 3-1 lead that narrative quickly changed. The Indians are a better team this year with World Series experience under their belts. While the argument can be made about the Cubs the Indians go into this series with the advantage in the bullpen where they were even in that department last year. This should be a fun one but at the end of the day Cleveland will be celebrating it’s first World Series title in 69 years. 

-Bason

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