Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sports: MLB Postseason (Wild Card)

The MLB playoffs are set to begin with all of the teams decided and the final games played. Two teams from each league did not have a good enough record to win their league but managed to create a chance with enough wins to enter the wild card. These two games are extra intense because every out counts when there is only one game. I remember when this was not the case and teams would just be eliminated if they didn't have they had the second-best record not to win the division. I, unfortunately, did not have time to watch enough baseball this year so my predictions will probably be totally off.

AL Wild Card
The New York Yankees were unable to win the AL East but won enough games to get home-field advantage in the American League Wild Card. The Minnesota Twins came up 2nd in the AL Central and will travel to New York to face the Yankees. New York ahs hot rookies like the home run hitting Aaron Judge in right field and are starting Luis Severino on the mound. Brian Dozier leads off for the Twins who are pitching Ervin Santana. I'm picking the New York Yankees to win this game.

1st Inning
Brian Dozier led off with a home run to put the Twins up 1-0. Minnesota wasn't done scoring in the first with Eddie Rosario hitting a two-run home run to put them up 3-0. Though the Yankees had to go to the bullpen and bring in Chad Green to pitch, the New York offense tied up the game 3-3 with a three-run home run from Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the first. 
2nd Inning
The Yankees took the lead with another home run by Brett Gardner putting them up 4-3.
3rd Inning
Byron Buxton tied the game with a fielder's choice with the bases loaded with Twins, making the score 4-4. Greg Bird singled in the bottom of the inning, putting the Yankees up 5-4.
4th Inning
Aaron Judge, a highly potential rookie of the year, hit a two-run home run to put the Yankees up 7-4.
7th Inning
The Yankees did not look back scoring one more run from a walk to Aaron Hicks to put New York up 8-4.

The New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins to win the AL Wild Card and will face the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. 

NL Wild Card
The NL West dominated the standings this year and while both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies had records that could have got them into the playoffs any other season, the Dodgers regulated them to the NL Wild Card team. The Rockies have hard-hitting Charlie Blackmon in center field and are starting Jon Gray on the mound. The Diamondbacks' offense is led by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and their starting pitcher is Zack Greinke. I'm picking the Arizona Diamondbacks to win at home.
1st Inning
After the Diamondbacks shut down the Rockies in the top of the inning, Arizona hopped out in front with a 3-run home run from Paul Goldschmidt to lead 3-0.
2nd Inning
Ketel Marte ended Jon Gray's night with an RBI triple putting Arizona up 4-0.
3rd Inning
The Diamondbacks continued their offensive dominance with a two-run home run from Daniel Descalso to go up 6-0.
4th Inning
The Rockies finally get on the board with a single from Gerardo Parra. Mark Reynolds grounded adding another run, Jonathan Lucroy doubled to add another, and the pinch hitter Alexi Amarista singled for yet another making the score 6-4. This rally ended Zack Greinke's night pitching.
7th Inning
The Rockies moved even closer to tying the game with a sacrifice bunt by Charlie Blackmon to make it 6-5.
The Diamondbacks responded with a two-run triple by the relief pitcher Archie Bradley and go up 8-5.
8th Inning
Back-to-back home runs from the Rockies from Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story bring the lead back down to 1 run at 8-7
In the bottom of the inning, the Diamondbacks rallied to extend their lead with a triple from A.J. Pollock to score two runs and a bunt single by Jeff Mathis for another run to go up 11-7.
9th Inning 
The Rockies attempted to mount a comeback a single from Carlos Gonzalez to knocked in a run but it wasn't enough at a final score of 11-8.

The Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Colorado Rockies to move on the the NLDS against AL West divisional rival the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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