It’s that time of the year when the leaves are turning colors and falling off of the trees. The temperature is dropping and the MLB season is wrapping up.
This postseason is different than years past. Instead of having one wildcard team getting in the playoffs, there are now two wildcard teams from each league going into the playoffs. Those teams played a one game playoff to make it to the league division series.
The Cincinnati Reds won the National League Central this season making it their second title in the last three years, the San Francisco Giants won the National League West and the Washington Nationals won the NL East. This was the National’s first title in over 30 years, and now they have a chance to make it to the fall classic. The National League Wildcard went to the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves. That one game playoff went in favor of the Cardinals as they won 6 to 3. In the American League, the Oakland A’s won the AL West this season, and the New York Yankees won the AL East. The Detroit Tigers won the AL Central. The wildcard spots in the American League went to the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles which beat the Rangers in the one game playoff 5 to 1.
In the National League Division Series, the Reds took on the Giants. The first two games of the series went to the Reds. However, the Giants made a turn around and won three straight on the road to win the series 3 to 2 when they spoiled the Reds’ dreams of a World Series birth.
“The Reds really disappointed me this postseason. I really thought they had a chance to at least go to the NLCS, but there is always next season,” said Matt Stooks.
The other NLDS is featuring the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals. This series is currently tied at 2 games a piece with the fifth and final game to be played on October 12. The game on Thursday night ended on a walk off a home run hit by the Nationals’ Jayson Werth, which was one of the amazing finishes in the postseason so far. In the ALDS the Detroit Tigers took on the Oakland As. This series went to the fifth game as well, and the Tigers came out on top of the Series to make it to the ALCS for the second straight season.
“I am super excited about the Tigers making it to the ALCS. I think they are going to play the Yankees and then go on to the World Series to take on the Giants,” said Dorothy Gurtzweiler, a communication arts professor and Tigers fan. She also said, “I am sorry to all the Reds’ fans out there, but there is always next year.”
In the other ALDS, the Yankees and the Orioles are battling for the second spot in the ALCS. This series is tied at 2 games a piece and the last two games ended in extra innings. Their fifth game will take place on October 12 as well. This is the first year that all league division series have gone to the fifth games. With the postseason almost halfway over and the teams are still fighting for a chance to play in the World Series. The league championship series are scheduled to begin on October 13 and the World Series is scheduled to begin on October 24.
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