By: Ross Sutton
We are finally less than two weeks away from playoff baseball, and we have a pretty good idea of who will be playing each other in the Wild Card and Divisional Series rounds. Assuming that the seeding stays as is and the WIld Card teams are the Yankees, A’s, Brewers, and Cardinals (which is all very likely), here is who would play each other in the early rounds of the playoffs:
AL Wild Card: A’s @ Yankees
ALDS: Red Sox vs. Yankees/A’s
ALDS: Indians vs. Astros
NL Wild Card: Cardinals @ Brewers
NLDS: Cubs vs Cardinals/Brewers
NLDS: Braves vs. Dodgers
I personally find all of these matchups extremely interesting so I am so pumped to see these great teams square off. The biggest storyline of these matchups in my opinion is the fact that three NL Central teams are likely to make the playoffs. Seeing the Brewers and Cardinals play each other in a one-game playoff should be awesome to watch. Then, whichever team comes out on top for the NL Wild Card will play the Cubs in the NLDS. These division rivals should make the early rounds of the playoffs a ton fun of to watch. The other really intriguing storyline to watch during the early rounds will be the potential Yankees/Red Sox ALDS matchup. Not only do these two teams have the biggest rivalry in all of sports, but they play each other a lot down the stretch of the regular season, so to say these teams will be familiar with each other is an understatement. Of course this won’t happen if the Yankees lose the one-game playoff against Oakland, but if they get past the A’s, then this ALDS matchup will likely be the most watched series of the Divisional Round.
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