Baseball Postseason

Alex Clough, Sports Reporter

With fall, comes postseason baseball, the time of year where underdogs shine, and the best of the game meet each other on the grandest stage. After a grueling season of 162 games, 163 for some, the stage is set for October baseball, here is the story so far.

On the first day of October, fans saw for the first time in history, two game 163’s being played out for the two divisions and the final two playoff spots. While it is crazy to think that after 162 games, a team can have the same record as another, baseball truly is a game of inches.

In the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs held the best record in the National League, the problem was that they both held that record. Since the Cubs took the season series, they hosted the Brew Crew for a chance at the NL Title.

Though the Cubs won the Central two years in a row with a chance of three, the young Brewers team showed no mercy at the friendly confines. After taking the lead in the eighth, the Brewers cast the spell of Josh Hader who was unhittable in two innings, helping the Brewers clinched their first division title since 2011.

Luckily the loss did not eliminate the Cubs as they were guaranteed a sport in the NL Wild Card game, who they would host was still to be determined by the second of the game 163’s.

After a game seven loss to the Astros in the 2017 World Series, the Dodgers hosted the Colorado Rockies for a chance at their seventh NL West title in a row. With a dominant performance by rookie Walker Buealer and home runs by Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy, the Dodger defeated the red-hot Rockies for the west title.

After two defeating losses the day before, the Cubs and Rockies met in Chicago for a chance to play the Brewers in the NLDS. Veteran Jon Lester and rookie of the year candidate Kyle Freeland took the mound and instantly the game turned into a classic pitcher duel.

After an early run in the first, Lester bounced back with six innings of pure dominance. Both pitchers were dominant, shutting down two of the best offenses in the game and after departed after five straight innings of scoreless pitching. Though a Javier Baez double tied the game in the eighth and both teams headed to extras. After the longest elimination game in postseason history, the Rockies pulled out with a 2-1 win in 16 innings.

So, the stage was set in the National League as the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves would meets as well as the Brewers and the Rockies. There was still one spot left in the American League and the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees met in the Bronx for a date with the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees were simply over dominating as they strolled to a 7-2 win.

For the first time since 2004, the Yankees and the Red Sox would play in the postseason. After both teams took one in Boston, the Red Sox came out swinging in game three, notching 16 runs and embarrassing the Yankees in the Bronx. The Sox also took game four defeating their hated rivals, advanced to the ALCS for the first time since 2013.

They will face the defending champions Houston Astros after they swept the Cleveland Indians, dominating every aspect of the game and outscored the Indians 21 to 6. That was not the only sweep in the postseason as the Brewers, fresh of a game 163 victory took care of the Rockies after finishing the series with a 6-0 win in Colorado.