Major League Baseball Playoffs

LA Dodgers vs M Brewer: Friday, 10/12/18

baseball playoffsThe MLB playoff match-ups are 3/4 complete. The Dodgers and Brewers are representing the National League, and the Houston Astros will play the winner between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The Dodgers and Brewers open their series in Milwaukee this Friday. Kershaw will take the mound for LA, and the Brewers have not yet announced their starter for game 1.

Milwaukee was trailing the Cubs most of the season, but caught them right at the end of the regular season. This forced a one-game tie-breaker between the two teams for the NL Central title, as well as the NL best record. Milwaukee won that game. The Cubs then had another one game playoff the very next day. They were home again, this time against the Colorado Rockies, who themselves had lost their one game tie-breaker with the Dodgers. Despite having to travel to Chicago and play the next day, the Rockies won that game in extra innings. But the excitement didn't last long as the Brewers swept the Rockies in the NL Wild Card round, and will now host LA, who took care of Atlanta in their Wild Card round in just 4 games.

These are two of the hottest teams right now, not just in the NL but in all of baseball. Milwaukee has won 11 in a row, outscoring competition 80-34, and the Dodgers have won 7 of 8. The odds makers seem to think it will be an Astros-Dodgers World Series rematch. LA is favored to beat the Brewers despite not having home-field advantage. The Red Sox, winners of 108 games this year, 5 more than Houston and more than any NL team that didn't reach the century mark this year in wins, is currently 9/2 to win the World Series.

I think the Dodgers handle Milwaukee, but have difficulty with the Astros or Red Sox. I see this as being another AL year in the end. First pitch is Friday between LA and Milwaukee; game time has not been announced yet, but will be shown on Fox.