Early Playoff Predictions

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 Predictions on how the playoffs will unfold.

Predictions on how the playoffs will unfold.

Predictions on how the playoffs will unfold.

Cory Fakterowitz, Staff Writer

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As of now the Major League Baseball season is just about 3/4ths of the way through. While a lot of teams may seem like a lock for the postseason, there are still a couple spots up for the taking. My AL East prediction is the Red Sox, as they have a commanding 9.5 game lead and show no signs of slowing down with Mookie Betts and JD Martinez leading the way. The AL Central has been easily the worst division in baseball and the Cleveland Indians have no real competition in the division race. The AL West, on the other hand, has three teams that have the capability to make a post season run. In the division I would still take the Astros although they have had recent struggles. For my AL wildcard, I would take the Oakland Athletics as the top spot and facing them the New York Yankees.

 

In the NL East the Braves and Phillies are very close but I would take the Philadelphia Phillies as the winner of the division. The NL Central has been strong in recent years and once again is with the Chicago Cubs coming out on top of the division. Last but not least, the NL West is a tight battle with the Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Dodgers all within two games of first place. This could go any way, but I’ll take the Rockies. For the NL wildcard, I’d put the Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Atlanta Braves have been impressive this year, and with Ronald Acuna Jr. on fire lately they seem to be in a good position to grab a playoff spot. The Diamondbacks–just like last year–a wildcard spot is the least they should get this season.

 

These predictions may not be right because baseball is a crazy sport and you can never truly count any team out as things that would statistically be impossible have happened before, especially if you take into account injuries or even if a player just has a bad month, which can change the tide of the whole season.

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