The playoffs are here! They start this week with the Yankees and Twins facing off in the AL Wild Card game, while the Diamondbacks and Rockies will face off in the NL Wild Card game. I will give my final MLB power rankings before the playoffs start tomorrow.
- Cleveland Indians 102-60 (No Change)
- Los Angeles Dodgers 104-58 (No Change)
- Houston Astros 101-61 (Up 1)
- Washington Nationals 97-65 (Down 1)
- Chicago Cubs 92-70 (Up 2)
- Arizona Diamondbacks 93-69 (No Change)
- Boston Red Sox 93-69 (Down 2)
- New York Yankees 91-71 (No Change)
- Minnesota Twins 85-77 (No Change)
- Colorado Rockies 87-75 (No Change)
- Milwaukee Brewers 86-76 (No Change)
- St. Louis Cardinals 83-79 (No Change)
- Tampa Bay Rays 80-82 (Up 2)
- Kansas City Royals 80-82 (Down 1)
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 80-82 (Down 1)
- Miami Marlins 77-85 (Up 4)
- Seattle Mariners 78-84 (Up 1)
- Oakland Athletics 75-87 (Down 1)
- Toronto Blue Jays 76-86 (No Change)
- Texas Rangers 78-84 (Down 4)
- Pittsburgh Pirates 75-87 (Up 3)
- Baltimore Orioles 75-87 (Down 1)
- New York Mets 70-92 (Up 2)
- Atlanta Braves 72-90 (Down 1)
- San Diego Padres 71-91 (Down 3)
- Chicago White Sox 67-95 (Up 1)
- Philadelphia Phillies 66-96 (Up 1)
- Cincinnati Reds 68-94 (Down 2)
- San Francisco Giants 64-98 (No Change)
- Detroit Tigers 64-98 (No Change)
We will be releasing our playoff predictions and award winners in other articles, so I do not want to give anything away. However, I will say it is going to be one hell of a postseason. The Dodgers are starting to get hot again, while the Indians are continuing to play dominant baseball. They both have strong rotations led by Cy Young candidates. The Dodgers will be anchored by Clayton Kershaw, who will be looking to turn around his postseason woes. The Indians are anchored by Corey Kluber, who was dominant in the playoffs last year. The list of superstars in the playoffs goes on and on.
Tuesday we will see rising Yankees’ ace, Luis Severino, go against veteran, Ervin Santana. Miguel Sano is back for the Twins and looking to push them past the one game playoff. On the other hand, Aaron Judge is red hot, once again. It seems whenever he is playing well, the Yankees are playing well. They will rely heavily on their stud rookie to push them past the Twins.
Wednesday we shift over to the National League Wild Card game and watch Zack Greinke go up against Jon Gray. This game will feature a TON of star power. There are THREE NL MVP candidates in this game. Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado will be holding down the Rockies’ lineup, while Paul Goldschmidt will be right in the middle of the Diamondbacks’ lineup. This is going to be a crazy postseason, hold on tight folks!
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