October is upon us and the Wild Card games have conduced. The chase for a World title is on full tilt now with eight teams believing they can win it all. Ill give you my breakdown of the remaining team and who will be playing for it all when October concludes.
Kansas City Royals v. Anaheim Angels
The Angels quietly won 98 games. Mike Trout had his worst year as a pro and is likely to win the AL MVP award. They scored the most runs in all of baseball (773) and had four pitchers with double digit wins. They face a Kansas City team that is joining the playoffs for the first time since 1985 when they won the World Series. The Angles have good enough pitching to make it past the Royals but Kansas City has seem to use old fashion baseball to win. KC's manager Ned Yost might have won some games using his aggressive managing style but could easily lose any given game with his sub par decision making. The Royals don't score enough runs to keep pace with the Angels and their is something to be said about post-season home runs. The Royals had 95 regular season bombs which was dead last in the MLB. Angels advance.
Baltimore Orioles v. Detroit Tigers
I know i'm not the only person that feels that the Orioles overachieved. Yes, Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz had good seasons but with really no ace on the staff and no players that get national attention regularly, how did this team win so many games? The Orioles have defiantly gone under the radar. Losing Manny Machado to injury and Chris Davis to suspension and this team didn't miss a beat. They face the high payroll of the Tigers and will have to maneuver through a pretty daunting starting rotation. Not to mention having to face Miguel Cabrera and the ageless Victor Martinez. Game one the O's will face Max Scherzer, game two Justin Verlander and game three most likely David Price. I wish you the best of luck Baltimore. That being said if the Orioles can get into the Tigers bullpen all bets are off. That is the Achilles heel of this team.
Washington Nationals v. San Francisco Giants
The Giants slammed their way past the Pirates in the Wild Card game and were able to turn a season that looked to be pretty mediocre into a playoff contender. The Nationals are seeking their first ever World Series title and I believe it's a good omen when Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter in the regular season finally. Game one Jake Peavy faces Steven Strasburg and I know it's baseball but the Nasty Nats are going to walk through this Giants team. Adding Doug Fister to this rotation was huge and it's going to payoff having such great depth at starting pitcher. Nats move on.
LA Dodges v. St. Louis Cardinals
It is time to watch Clayton Kershaw tear through people deep into the playoffs. As baseball fans we can only hope he gets about 10 starts in the post-season just to say we watched him play. The Cardinals can't be playing in the NLCS every year! The Dodgers have the star power to make it past the Cards but It won't be a cake walk. Adam Wainwright isn't a slouch and it should be an instant classic watching Kershaw and Wainwright square off in game one. This series will have great pitching through and through but the Dodgers just have more run producers. Dodger move on to face the Nationals in the NLCS.
ALCS- Angels v. Tigers
NLCS- Nationals v. Dodgers