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October 4, 2017

But on the other, that bad baseball team still won 59 games! The Washington Nationals (15/2) and the Cubs (8/1) round out the National League's top contenders.

"You realize what an opportunity we have in front of us, and it is the wild-card game", Brett Gardner said.

Diamondbacks host Rockies in the NL wild-card game at 8:08 p.m. on TBS.

The Indians allowed just a 3.48 runs a game, the best mark in the major leagues, thanks to the pitching staff.

In what figures to be a competitive series, the defending champion Chicago Cubs are +115 series underdogs in the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. Dusty Baker's squad is starting to get healthy at the right time, Bryce Harper's supposed to return off the injured list Thursday night. This is one of the tougher series to pick, especially since I think that the Yankees have underperformed this season.

The Houston Astros suffered a similar fate as the Dodgers in that they ran away with the league's best record for so long that they were invariably destined to come back down to earth. I think they will beat the Red Sox in the ALDS but won't beat the Indians in the AL Championship Series if Cleveland advances.

The American League Division Series will get underway Thursday with the West Division champion Houston Astros hosting the East Division champion Boston Red Sox at 4 p.m.

Although Yanks' starter Severino has a hot arm, he's never played in the postseason at any level and whilst the NY offense is explosive, the Twins should prevail under starter Ervin Santana. Despite the negatives you can throw at the Wild Card play-in game from a fairness point of view, the AL East was a great example of one of the main positives. Since then, they went 49-25 and won the National League Central by six games over the Milwaukee Brewers after trailing by 5½ at the break. If those odds proved to be spot on, though, and the two teams played that series over 162 games, the Twins would basically be the equivalent of a 60-win team (60-102).

"American's first baseman" Paul Goldschmidt continues to be one of baseball's more underrated players, Zack Greinke looks like the Greinke of old, and J.D. Martinez provided the spark the Snakes needed in the second half. For my second upset special, I would take Arizona over the Dodgers. The final game in a series is always exciting, which made the Cubs' first World Series victory in 108 years in extra innings of the seventh game among of the best sporting events ever.

After a great regular season that featured extreme performances from both teams and individuals, Major League Baseball's postseason is shaping up as one of the most intriguing in years.

You may not have a horse in the postseason race, but if you're looking to hitch your wagon to a team this postseason, we offer this rankings, presented from lowest to highest based on "root factor".

The Cubs were shut out in consecutive games in the NLCS past year before they eliminated the Dodgers with three straight wins. Even the most successful hitters fail seven out of 10 times at bat.

On to the AL. While Cody Bellinger has gotten (and deservedly so) all of the accolades this season, I think there's room for rookie Walker Buehler to shine in the postseason.

In the other American League Division Series, the Yankees play the Indians.

Scott Smith is a Sports Writer for The Paper and has enjoyed covering Montgomery County sports for about three years.

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