I must say, this has been one of the more exciting MLB playoffs in recent memory.
The defending champion Chicago Cubs defeated the chronically underachieving Washington Nationals in the NLDS. The Los Angeles Dodgers ran roughshod in the National League playoffs, including winning in a “gentleman’s sweep” (5 games in a best-of-7 series) over the aforementioned Cubs.
And how about my New York Yankees, aka the “Baby Bombers”, who had one helluva run in October.
Rallying from an 0-2 hole against the Cleveland Indians and winning the deciding Game 5 on the road in the divisional round. Taking the heavily favored Houston Astros to seven games in the American League Championship Series.
Oh, and speaking of the Astros, they are having a season – and subsequent playoff run – to remember. All of that has been taking place in the shadow of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.
I would gush a little more, but I have to keep in the theme of this blog post’s title. So let’s cut to the chase.
Both the Dodgers and the Astros are not just good, but are great. Both finished with the two best records in all of baseball, which has been rather uncommon in the Wildcard era.
While the Astros are young and both pitch AND mash, the Dodgers are just better. Los Angeles has a better starting rotation, and a better bullpen. And in the MLB playoffs, those two entities matter the most.
I’ll tell y’all what, this will be one helluva World Series.