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The MLB Playoffs continue to excite

Sports Analyst Tommy Reid discusses both American and National League standings.

With the regular MLB season ended, it is now time for some postseason action. Both the wild card games as well as the division series have been completed.

The Playoffs began with the Wild Card Games. The Boston Red Sox played the New York Yankees on Oct. 5. Led by home runs by Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber, the Red Sox won that game by a score of 6-2. The next day, the Los Angeles Dodgers played the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was tied at one run each in the bottom of the ninth when Chris Taylor hit a two-run home run giving the Dodgers the 3-1 win and moving them to the next round of the Playoffs.

Division Series

American League

(1) Tampa Bay Rays vs (4) Boston Red Sox — The series between the Rays and the Red Sox began on Oct. 7 with a 5-0 Tampa Bay win. The next day, the Red Sox won their first game by a score of 14-6. After taking a day break to travel to Boston, the Red Sox won game three by a score of 6-4. On Oct. 10, the Red Sox won the series in a thrilling 6-4 13 inning game. They advanced to the ALCS to play the Houston Astros.
(2) Houston Astros vs (3) Chicago White Sox — The Astros began their series against the White Sox at home on Oct. 7 with a 6-1 win. The next day they won again this time by a score of 9-4. The following day was a travel day to transition the series to Chicago where the White Sox won game three the day after by a score of 12-6. However, the Astros won game four two days later 10-1. They moved along to the ALCS to play the Boston Red Sox.

National League

(1) San Francisco Giants vs (4) Los Angeles Dodgers — On Oct. 8, the Giants won game one against the Dodgers 4-0. The next day the Dodgers responded with a 9-2 win. The following day was for travel, but after the series shifted to Los Angeles, the Giants won their second game this time by a score of 1-0. The next day the Dodgers tied the series at two games each with a 7-2 win. The day after that, the Dodgers won the series with a 2-1 win putting them in the NCLS.

(2) Milwaukee Brewers vs (3) Atlanta Braves — In game one on Oct. 8, the Brewers beat the Braves 2-1. In game two, the Braves responded with a 3-0 win. Once the series shifted to Atlanta, the Braves won game three again by a score of 3-0. The next day, the Braves won the series with a 5-4 win. They advanced to the NLCS to play the Los Angeles Dodgers.

League Championship Series

American League

(2) Houston Astros vs (4) Boston Red Sox — The first game of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox took place on Oct. 15, and the Astros won this game 5-4. The next night in game two the Red Sox tied the series with a 9-5 win. After a day of travel to Boston, the Red Sox won game three by a score of 12-3. The Astros responded in game four with a 9-2 win to tie the series at two wins each. In game five the Astros won the game by a commanding 9-1 putting them one win away from the World Series. After a travel day to return to Houston, the Astros won game 6 by a score of 5-0 giving them a spot in the 2021 World Series.

National League

(3) Atlanta Braves vs (4) Los Angeles Dodgers — The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers began their series on Oct. 16 with a 3-2 win by the Braves giving them a 1-0 series lead. The next day the Braves won yet again, this time by a score of 5-4, giving them a 2-0 series lead. After a travel day, the Dodgers responded with a 6-5 home win bringing them within one game of the Braves. However, the next night the Braves won 9-2 putting them within one win of the World Series. The Dodgers won the next night 11-2 showing that they were still intent on winning the series. However, after returning back to Atlanta after a travel day, the Braves won the series with 4-2 game 6 win advancing them to the 2021 World Series.

The 2021 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros will begin on Tuesday, October 26 in Houston, Texas with first pitch scheduled for 7:09 pm.

Post Author: Tommy Reid