MLB Wild Card Preview + Predictions
October 1st, the beginning of the most exciting month of the year for baseball fans. Ten teams are left to duel for the World Series Championship, baseball’s most coveted prize. On Saturday, September 30th, the playoff brackets were finalized, and we get our first taste of playoff baseball in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday, and then Fall will have truly begun.
The American League Wild Card game will feature the Minnesota Twins versus the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Luis Severino will most likely face Ervin Santana, and I am going to give the edge to Severino and the Yankees. Luis Severino has been spectacular in his third season, going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA, as well as posting 230 strikeouts in only 193.1 innings. As good as he was for this whole season, his stats were boosted by an absurdly dominant second half, which saw opponents hit against him at a clip of .181 and the Yankees have only lost two of his starts in the second half. Ervin Santana will be on the bump for the twins, and I do not have confidence that he can perform in the postseason, he has pitched in the playoffs eight times and has an ERA of 5.56 and gives up 1.6 home runs per every 9 innings, and against an extremely powerful Yankees lineup that features Aaron Judge and his 52 bombs, I think he won’t last very long.
The Yankees also feature one of the games’ premiere bullpens despite the struggles of Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, and I see them beating the Twins 5-2 and advancing to face the Indians.
The National League Wild Card game will feature a division rivalry at it’s best. The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the Colorado Rockies in Arizona. The Diamondbacks will send their ace, Zack Greinke, to the hill to face the Rockies and their superb lineup that features two MVP candidates. The Rockies have not announced who will start their game, but unfortunately for them, I do not think it matters who they throw against the Diamondbacks, because Zack Greinke is a force to be reckoned with when he is pitching at home. In 2017, he went 13-1 while striking out 131 batters and holding opposing lineups to a paltry .209 batting average. I just think that Greinke will take over and dominate the Rockies and the Diamondbacks will move on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. The Rockies have a great lineup and you can never count the energy the team brings when the calendar turns to October, and with two MVP candidates leading the charge, they have the capability of knocking Greinke around the yard, but ultimately my decision to pick the Diamondbacks is because of how inexperienced this Colorado team is during the postseason, and there are three things I never bet against in the playoffs, and those three things are: momentum, great starting pitching, and experience. I expect the Diamondbacks to win this game 4-0.
The Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST, and after the games have concluded, I will break down my preview and predictions for the NLDS and ALDS.
Right now, I have the the Houston Astros winning the World Series over the Arizona Diamondbacks in six games.