After a crazy last two months of constant movement in the MLB standings, things are starting to settle down and the playoff picture is becoming more clear.
The AL wild card is still yet to be determined, but almost every playoff seed is nearly set. The MLB playoffs should be very competitive this fall as nearly every team that is in the tournament has the talent to make a run.
Let’s take a look back at some of the top performers, and look at some of the award favorites and World Series favorites.
One of the big stories all year has been the consistent play of the Tampa Bay Rays, who have turned into the modern-day “Moneyball” organization. The Rays have the 27th lowest payroll in baseball and compete in the division with some of the highest payrolls which makes their consistent performance in back-to-back seasons incredible. The Rays are closing in on 100 wins and use a platoon of players and creative lineups each night. The Rays head into the postseason as the favorite to make it to the World Series out of the American League and if they end up winning it we may be looking at a Moneyball sequel chronicling the Rays incredible run on a limited budget.
The NL West has featured two all-time great teams battling with one another all season long as the Dodgers and Giants have both surpassed 100 wins in the division making it the 5th time that has ever happened in baseball history. Unfortunately, the 2nd place team in the division will be relegated to the one-game wild card, where anything can happen.
The Giants have been a surprise this year and Giants President Farhan Zaidi has done a remarkable job of turning over the Giants roster and getting the Giants back in contention in only a few years on the job. The Dodgers are still the World Series favorites according to all of the online sportsbooks, but keep an eye on the Giants who seem to have the ball bouncing their way all season long.
After the Astros sign-stealing scandal in 2019, most thought the Astros run as a contender was over and without the sign-stealing, they wouldn’t be able to perform at the highest levels. The Astros hitters have proved that the sign-stealing advantages they had in prior years were not that big of a factor in their performance as they are one of the favorites in the AL to make it back to the World Series.
A Dodgers vs. Astros World Series would be must-watch TV as the Dodgers are still bitter over their defeat to the Astros in the 2017 world series with many players from both teams still on the roster.
The Brewers have quietly put together a great season and are closing in on 100 wins as well and feature the best pitching staff in baseball this year. The way the playoff seeding is shaping out the Brewer have a great shot to make a run in the playoffs.
The Brewers will avoid both the Giants and the Dodgers in the first round and they could have a well-rested pitching staff waiting for a Giants or Dodgers team that may beat up on each other in the Divisional round. Keep an eye on the Brewers as a team that has a great shot to come out of the National League.
The Dodgers are still the favorites as we head into the final few games of the season but other teams are closing the gap as the oddsmakers realize how risky the one-game playoff can be.
The Cardinals will likely be the Dodgers likely opponent in the one-game playoff and will be entering the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in baseball history coming off a 16 game win streak. Playoffs are all about getting hot at the right time, and it would not be all that shocking if the Cardinals stay hot and end up winning the National League.
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