By Matthew Schneider
October is here and in full swing. The cool October air brings us with two things: pumpkin spiced everything and postseason baseball. This postseason will be as exciting and entertaining as any other postseason. There will be many of the same teams like the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The good thing about this postseason is the array of new teams like the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. The New York Yankees are back in the playoffs but without a familiar guy named Derek Jeter. Let us not forget about the Pittsburg Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays who can make some noise in the playoffs as well. This postseason should be just as exciting as others. The only difference is the new faces we get to see.
This postseason features the up and coming youth of baseball. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber are power hitting rookies for the Cubs. Both of them are under the age of twenty-five and are combined hitting 42 homers and have 142 RBIs. This combined with a great one-two punch of Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta make the Cubs a threat in the postseason. Cubs manager Joe Maddon brings playoff experience and the leadership of Anthony Rizzo makes this team very scary. The Mets have a young and dominant starting pitchers Jacob DeGrom and Matt Harvey are a great threat as pitcher and Yoenis Cespedes has brought a much needed offensive push. David Wright coming back from injury helps this offense.
The Dodgers have the best starting pitcher duo in Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke. Los Angeles has not been a threat in the postseason but I will take Greinke and Kershaw to start for me than any other duo in baseball. Toronto has made moves to make them immediate threats in the postseason. By acquiring Tulowitzki and Price via trade they are contenders that are not pretenders.
The national league central has finally become a relevant division in baseball. The Cardinals won the division but both the Pirates and Cubs have clinched playoff berths making this division something to pay attention to now. This division has been for a long time filled with mediocrity with one superpower known as the Cardinals. This division was an exciting one to watch and I hope that it can continue into October
This postseason is guaranteed to have the same great pitching duels, the great walk-off wins, or the refreshing Gatorade baths. The only differences is we see a changing of the guard. We see new teams being built up and new faces are emerging to claim their spot as top players in this league.
NL Wild Card
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates.
New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.
Winner: Mets in 5
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Winner: Cardinals in 5
St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets
Winner: Cardinals in 6
AL Wild Card
Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees
Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Winner: Blue Jays in 4
Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros
Winner: Royals in 4
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals
Winner: Toronto Blue Jays in 6
Toronto Blue Jays vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Winner: Cardinals in 6
The Cardinals win the world Series because of their experience in this position. The Blue Jays are a talented team but the Cardinals have been in this position. The Cards know what they are doing and how to get it done when it matters most.