The MLB playoffs begin tonight with the AL Wild Card game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees. This winner-take-all game should be just the beginning of what could be the best MLB playoffs in years.
Eight of the 10 teams to qualify for the postseason won at least 90 games, So a case can be made that both leagues are wide open as October begins.
In the NL, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals appeared to be the co-favorites to represent the National League in the fall classic. Now, however, it appears to be a three horse race with the second-half reemergence of the defending World Champions, the Chicago Cubs. The Division Series between the Nationals and Cubs is almost guaranteed to go the maximum five games. The team that moves on to face, most likely, the Dodgers should be considered the favorite to reach the World Series. Until the Dodgers show the ability to carry regular season success into the playoffs, they cannot be trusted come postseason time.
The AL playoff picture looks even more cloudy than the NL. The Cleveland Indians are riding the wave of their 22-game winning streak from mid-August to early September and look poised to end the new longest championship drought in all of baseball. The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros both look like teams that can go to the World Series. The only trouble is they have to face each other in another doozy of a Division Series matchup that could go either way. If the Yankees are able to advance past the Twins tonight, they look to have a powerful offense and a strong bullpen that could make them very dangerous as the month goes on.
The baseball world is now just excited to see how the thrill ride known as the 2017 MLB playoffs plays out. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!