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Three teams — the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros — won more than games, with the Tribe even rattling off an American League record 22 consecutive victories at one point. The Yankees certainly seem built for a one-game playoff. The bullpen is a strength, and if they really wanted to get frisky, they could make this a bullpen game and save Luis Severino. That clear-cut advantage is far too much to ignore.
I know, it makes no sense. The Yankees look poised for playoff success, especially after closing the season on a run that included a three-game sweep of the Twins just a couple of weeks ago. But some fluky things can happen in a one-game playoff, and is it really that crazy to think Ervin Santana will pitch well enough for Minnesota to pull off an upset when all of the pressure seems to be on New York?
The D-Backs are a team that probably no one in the NL wants to see. The Diamondbacks went at home this season — only the Dodgers had a better home record. Greinke also is with a 2. Astros over Red Sox.
Sure, Boston has Chris Sale now and Drew Pomeranz had a breakout season … but what about that offense? This could be an all-time classic series. And really, how can you pick against the team that gets to send Corey Kluber to the mound at least twice in a seven-game series? No team was better in the second half than the Cubs, who won 49 of 74 games after the All-Star break, including a mark in September.
Arrieta posted a 2. The Nats have their own potent punch in Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, but injury concerns force me to side with Chicago. When was the last time the Nationals played a meaningful game?
They played in a crap division that they won by 20 games. The Nats made the playoffs in three of the last five seasons before this year and each time they lost in the NLDS.
With an earned run average of 4. He had strikeouts over the He also gave up hits. Their relievers struck out batters and walked opposing hitters.
As a team, Atlanta allowed 9. They were 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4. The Braves pitchers as a team surrendered 1, base knocks and earned runs last season. They gave up home runs last year, which ranked 21st in Major League Baseball. Atlanta as a staff walked hitters and struck out 1, batters.
They gave up a walk 3. Their team WHIP was 1. As a team, they batted. The Braves held a. They ranked 6th in MLB with 9. Freddie Freeman comes into this matchup after batting. He maintained a slugging percentage of. He collected hits in at bats while driving in 57 runs.
The Braves as a unit had 1, base hits last season, including doubles and homers. Atlanta walked times last year and they struck out on 1, occasions. They left 1, men on base and had an OPS of. Read more articles by Tony Sink. Our weekly newsletter is loaded with exclusive free picks,insight and advice from our expert handicappers.