MAGGS

Every kid who plays baseball has always had the dream, hit the walk off home run that sends their team to the World Series. For me, it would be to hit that walk off home run for the Detroit Tigers. That dream did not come true for me, but it did for Magglio Ordonez in 2006, one of the many dramatic things that happened that postseason.

The best thing about postseason baseball, every pitch, swing, throw, catch, run, base, walk, and strikeout means twice as much as it does in the regular season. As we saw in the 2011 World Series, The Texas Rangers had the 3-2 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, seemed like they had it wrapped up right? Wrong. Game 6, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, 7-4 Texas leading going into the bottom of the 7th, and St. Louis fights scoring 1 in the 8th, 1 in the 9th, tying the game on a David Freese triple with two outs in the final inning. Such incredible fight put up by the Cardinals only to allow Texas to score 2 more runs in the top of the 10th inning. Once again, St. Louis perseveres to get those two runs back, and then one more, the winning run in the 11th inning to force game 7, which by the way, St. Louis ended up winning.

2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

 

That’s just two instances. Every postseason there is one player, one play, and ultimately one team who ends up on top. Thanks to the big plays, and the players who want to step up and take charge of leading there team. This postseason will be no exception.

 

Playoff Breakdown:

AL Wild Card: If the season were to end today, it would be the Tampa Bay Rays vs. The Cleveland Indians in a one game playoff to find out who play’s the Boston Red Sox in round 1 of the ALDS.

ALDS: From what we know right now, in ALDS round 1 it will be the AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers going up against the AL West Champion Oakland Athletics. If the season were to end today, the A’s will have home field advantage for this round of the playoffs. Even so, between both teams there is solid pitching, and that is the way it will be for these four (yes, four) games.

Prediction: Tigers win in 4 games. Detroit not only has the upper hand in starting pitching, but with the potent offense and veteran hitters Detroit will find a way to score runs, while Oakland will have to fight for runs against the power of Verlander, Scherzer, Fister, Sanchez, and Porcello.

ALDS: Boston vs. TB, CLE, or TEX. Regardless of who Boston plays, it’s clear that the Red Sox have the best team in the American League. Like the Tigers, they have veteran hitting, veteran pitching, and with the recent acquisition of Jake Peavy to the starting rotation, the pitching is well over what either of those three teams can put up.

Prediction: No prediction on how many games, but with Boston’s overpowered team, they will beat any of those teams without problem. Just as they have done all regular season.

NL Wild Card: Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in a one game playoff. It’s already locked up, that will be the matchup. Pittsburgh, a new team to the playoffs considering they haven’t been here since 1992 (before I was born), incredible. They have the fight of the 2006 Detroit Tigers, but at the same time they have the inexperience of the 2006 Tigers as well. As opposed to Cincinnati who is seeking revenge in the playoffs from their performance, or lack of last year in the NLDS against the SF Giants.

Prediction: Pittsburgh coming through with the heart and will to win and continue with their amazing journey so far this season will take this game in front of their home fans.

As for the rest of the National League, we have to let the rest of the season play out to see who plays who. With Atlanta, St Louis, and the LA Dodgers all in the playoff picture, they are separated by less than 3 games with just as many games left in the season.

Prediction if the season ended today: Atlanta beats Pittsburgh without any issues, possibly a sweep. The Dodgers beat St Louis in 5 games, and LA can thank Clayton Kershaw for that.

Go baseball.