October baseball is here. It’s time for Major League Baseball Postseason games. Miracles will happen, dreams will be crushed. Heroes will rise and fall. No one can know what will happen, but it’s fun pretending we have some idea.
So here’s my fearless forecast for how we’ll get to the Fall Classic.
Wild Card games
Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees
The Twins are this year’s Cinderella team. They’re the first team to make the playoffs a year after losing 100 games. This is the type of team the Yankees, baseball’s most decorated franchise, routinely devours. The Yankees have beaten some good Twins teams this century and the game will feature a match-up — Louis Severino vs Ervin Santana — that slightly favors the Bombers. I’d give anything for the Twins to win, but this one likely goes to the Yankees.
Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
This game will feature two teams most Americans aren’t familiar with. However, both teams have stars that could capture the imaginations of fans young and old. Colorado’s Nolan Aranado and Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt are MVP candidates. Charlie Blackmon and J.D. Martinez are also fantastic players. My guess is Arizona wins because they have stronger pitching.