We have made it folks. 162 games, 30 teams, all with one goal in mind, MAKE THE POSTSEASON! There have been many ups, and many downs, slumps, win streaks, home runs, and oh boy so many strikeouts. Rookies have risen, veterans have fallen and records were shattered. Now, none of that matters any more, 10 teams that have stood the test of a 162 game season and come out victorious will now have their records wiped clean to an even 0-0 and face off in the Playoffs while 20 other teams look on.
The Postseason is what every baseball fan dreams of (including myself as an Angels fan), it is a chance to become the champion, to say that you were the team that won it all, and to raise the World Series trophy not only for your team, but for your city and all of your loyal fans.
Now that the 2017 MLB Postseason is set, it is now time for my personal postseason predictions, before I start, lets take a look at my regular season predictions and what I got right and wrong.
AL East (what I predicted)
- Red Sox
- Orioles WC
- Blue Jays
AL EAST (what actually happened)
- Red Sox
- Yankees WC
- Blue Jays
AL Central (what I predicted)
- White Sox
AL Central (what actually happened)
- Twins WC
- White Sox
AL West (what I Predicted)
- Angels WC
AL West (what actually happened)
NL East (what I predicted)
- Mets WC
NL East (what actually happened)
NL Central (what I predicted)
- Cardinals WC
NL Central (what actually happened)
NL West (what I predicted)
NL West (what actually happened)
- Diamondbacks WC
- Colorado Rockies WC
Now that you have seen what I got right and wrong (mostly wrong) I will now get into my 2017 MLB Postseason Predictions.
AL Wild Card Game
Minnesota Twins (5) v. New York Yankees (4)
Let’s start this thing off with the highly anticipated American League Wild Card Game. The Yankees will have home field advantage in New York being the 4th seed while the Twins will make the trip from Minnesota to the Big Apple being the 5th seed and just squeaking into the Playoffs.
I am going to have to go with the odds here due to the fact that the Twins are by far the weakest team in the Postseason this year, while the Yankees have a very strong offensive lineup headed by ROY front-runner and MVP candidate Aaron Judge. The Yankees will be far too powerful for the mediocre Twins to handle as the Yankees get an easy win to advance in the playoffs.
NL Wild Card Game
Colorado Rockies (5) v. Arizona Diamondbacks (4)
Up next, the 5th seed Colorado Rockies will make a trip from Colorado all the way to the heat in Arizona to play the Diamondbacks who are the 4th seed.
The Rockies surprised many by making the most of the 2nd Wild Card Spot and getting into the game against another surprise contender in the D-Backs. This game will come down to home field advantage as the Rockies play rather poorly away from their home field in the high elevation and the much more well rounded Diamondbacks will take this Postseason Berth from the Rockies in one swift stroke.
Boston Red Sox (3) v. Houston Astros (2)
The 3 seed Red Sox will play the 2 seed Astros in a battle of the best offense in baseball and one of the best pitching rotations in baseball. Chris Sale v. Jose Altuve, who will prevail? In this case it will be the Red Sox.
The Sox have far more postseason experience than the AL West Champion Houston Astros and while you may think that this prediction is bold, it may just surprise you what postseason experience can do for a team. The Red Sox will advance to play the winner of the other ALDS between the Yankees and the Indians.
Chicago Cubs (3) v. Washington Nationals (2)
The first game of the NLDS will be between the 3 seed 2016 World Series Champion Cubs and the 2 seed Washington Nationals.
Despite being the heavy favorites to repeat as World Series Champions in 2017, this is just not the same Chicago Cubs as last year. As well as not having Dexter Fowler or Aroldis Chapman on the team, they also don’t have the fire and desperation for a championship that a 108-year World Series drought can do to a team. This as well as the Nationals desperation for a championship before Bryce Harper signs a massive contract elsewhere, could be the Cubs downfall as I am predicting that the Nationals will advance to the 2017 NLCS with Bryce Harper carrying the team on his shoulders through this series.
New York Yankees (4) v. Cleveland Indians (1)
The legendary 2017 Cleveland Indians will get their first taste of postseason action against the Wild Card winning Yankees and if they continue playing in the Playoffs like they have as of late, this series will be a breeze. When you combine the Yankees pitching woes, and the Indians stacked lineup and pitching rotation headed by Corey Kluber, you get an easy series for the Tribe.
Arizona Diamondbacks (4) v. Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
This is where things get really interesting.
Now many of you would say that this is an easy choice and that the Dodgers breeze through the Diamondbacks to advance. Not so fast, despite the Dodgers having one of the deepest lineups in baseball history consisting of Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, and Yasmani Grandal, along with a pitching rotation with Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Rich Hill, and Kenley Jansen they are not a lock to win. Clayton Kershaw is one of baseball’s worst postseason pitchers and they have a very young inexperienced lineup. The Diamondbacks have seasoned veterans in J.D. Martinez and Paul Goldshmidt that are in their prime and also have a great pitching rotation headed by Zack Grenkie.
This is why I am going to go with the bold prediction of the hot Diamondbacks overthrowing the cold Dodgers for one of the biggest upsets in postseason history.
Boston Red Sox (3) v. Cleveland Indians (1)
The ALCS will most likely come down to pitching. The Indians do have some pop with Edwin Encarnasion, Francisco Lindor, and Jose Ramirez while the Red Sox are one of the weakest power hitting teams in baseball, but what really stands out for both teams is their starting rotations. The masterful strikeout artist Chris Sale leads the Red Sox staff against superstar Corey Kluber and his, this will be very interesting indeed.
I have to go with the Tribe here due to the fact that they are just too good of a team with a combo of power and pitching that the Red Sox just do not possess.
The Indians are going to the World Series Baby!
Arizona Diamondbacks (4) v. Washington Nationals (2)
Everything is on the line for both of these teams, the Diamondbacks are searching for their first World Series Championship since 2001 and the Nationals are, as I said before, desperate for their first ever championship. The road to this series has been tough for both teams, but I am going to have to go with the Nationals to win this series with their outstanding lineup and superb pitching with Steven Strasburg and Max Scherzer leading the pack. JD Martinez and Paul Goldshmidt will not be able overcome the Nationals lineup that consists of Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman, and Bryce Harper.
The Nationals are finally getting their shot at the Fall Classic.
2017 MLB World Series
Washington Nationals (2) v. Cleveland Indians (1)
This is it, the champion of a 162 game long season will be decided within 7 games. The Nationals will bring it with their outstanding starting rotation, and their offense will be better than ever. The Indians will counter with a great rotation and a star-studded lineup for one of the most intense World Series battles in history. Both teams will use everything that they’ve got for a true clash of the titans and it will be close. This series will almost undoubtably go to 7 games and the Indians will reign victorious. The Indians have a chip on their shoulder from last year, and as the Nationals relatively weak bullpen falters, the Indians will thrive to end a 69 year World Series Championship Drought.
THE INDIANS WIN IT ALL IN 2017!!!
You heard it here first folks, my 2017 postseason predictions are complete. I would like to encourage you to tell me what you think of both my predictions, and who you think will reign supreme in the 2017 postseason.