Major League Baseball 2017 playoff preview and predictions


The Astros or Indians deserve to be in the World Series. The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to win the title, according to the latest Vegas odds.

All of the division series will be decide in best-of-five formats.

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Colorado is expected to outscore their opponents with their mighty offense that includes NL MVP candidates Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, but Arizona features Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez, and Zack Greinke, a group that's a force to be reckoned with.

This is a team I think will get to the World Series. (It's still a little fantastic that Francisco Lindor didn't deposit one of those weak Aroldis Chapman sliders into the seats of a delirious Progressive Field crowd.) They have perhaps the best team in 50 years. Will Bryce Harper and the Nats finally make it out of the first round?

The Indians have a dynamic pitching core, with Corey Kluber leading the league in many categories, including a 2.25 ERA, five complete games, and three shutouts. Los Angeles has home-field advantage because it finished the regular season with the best record in baseball, but the Cubs will play spoiler to earn back-to-back World Series appearances. However, this young team is ready to take the next step in the playoffs. Houston acquired veterans Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and Josh Reddick this past offseason to go along with their inexperienced nucleus.

October 17, Houston, A.L.C.S., Game 4 - The Astros, who had the majors' best slugging percentage but also the fewest strikeouts, fight back from elimination by slamming six home runs with no strikeouts against the Indians.

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November 1, Cleveland, World Series, Game 7 - The Indians take their first championship since 1948, snapping the longest active drought in baseball.

First, it's important to note that both of this year's Major League Baseball wild card games were a lot of fun. NY will hand the ball to their 23-year old ace Luis Severino to obliterate the Twins and advance to the ALDS. Indians 5, Yankees 2. AL Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber, who finished the season 18-4 with an unbelievable 2.25 ERA, will continue to dominate teams like he has all season long.

The matchup that matters most: Bauer versus Aaron Judge. Imagine how we'd talk about the Chicago White Sox had they not won the World Series in 2005; they'd be like the Cubs crossed with the Bills with a 1919 Black Sox curse thrown in for good measure. If they don't win the World Series this year, they probably climb up the list, if just because you don't want them to go the Chicago Bears route of having a historic, forever-beloved team that ended up with only one title.

Like Bym and Douglas, I'll roll with Cleveland, which lost the fall classic in heartbreaking fashion to the Chicago Cubs in seven games last season. However, they'll be no match for Cleveland. Both teams will know what to expect from each other after facing off in 2016.

The Astros took a two-games-to-none lead in the ALDS series against the Red Sox with a dominant 8-2 win after winning Game 1 of the series by the same score. Until the conclusion of the 2015-2016 National Basketball Association season, the entire city hadn't produced a championship team in the four major sports since the Browns beat the Baltimore Colts in the 1964 NFL Championship game. "Play unencumbered. Go out and play mentally freely and play the game we've learned to play over the last couple years".

The stakes: The Yankees, who lost the wild-card game in 2015, are in their first playoff series since getting swept in the 2012 ALCS, while the Indians are hoping to return to the World Series - and win it for the first time since 1948.