The Major League playoffs are here. This Friday begins the elimination stage towards the World Series with the Wild Card Round, where electrifying duels await us in both the National League and the American League.
This year highlights the fact that it will be the first time that, not counting the 2020 season curtailed by the pandemic, the Wild Card will play one three game series. This format is new and will be valid for the next five seasons after the agreement that MLB leaders reached with the Players Association.
The teams that expect a rival in the Ronda Divisional son Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles franchise ended the regular season with a record of 111-51with which he tied the third most wins in history of the Major Leagues. For their part, the reigning champions They signed a spectacular campaign closure and took first place in the Eastern Division for the fifth consecutive year above New York Metswho recorded the same record that they, 101-61.
Philadelphia Phillies @ St. Louis Cardinals
In this series, the locals will be the Cardswho will seek to fire Albert Pujols y Yadier Molina at the top, as both future members of the Hall of Fame they will put an end to their brilliant careers at the end of the season. Your first obstacle will be Phillieswho will experience their first postseason since 2011, where precisely were eliminated by St. Louis in the Divisional Round.
San Diego Padres @ New York Mets
The Mets will face these playoffs with the statistics against as the previous five teams in history that did not win their division, despite winning over 100 gamesThey never managed to get to the World Series. However, they they will seek to be the exception and his first opponent will be the Fatherswho won four of six games in the regular season, including two of three at City Field of the Big Apple.
Los Houston Astros and the New York Yankees are the equipment that are already installed in the Ronda Divisional. The 9th Texan exceeded 100 wins registering a record 106-56; while New Yorkers stayed one win short of 100 by finishing with a brand from 99-63but with the great season of Aaron Judge as its greatest banner.
Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays
Seattle will play his first postseason from 2021, what placed them as the franchise with the worst streak without getting it. To continue with their dream campaign, they will first have to go over a few Blue Jays to those who dominated throughout the regular seasonbecause they defeated them in five Of Seven Games, so Toronto will have to weigh your locality to move on.
Tampa Bay Rays @ Cleveland Guardians
Rays y Guardians they will face each other in Cleveland in their quest to move forward in the campaign. Both teams they have encouraging statistics in your favor to face the Wild Card: the ohio ninth have the youngest roster in all the Major Leagues and that is something that has historically benefited to different teams to go far in the playoffs; while Tampa Bay closed the regular stage with five losses in a row y, three of the four teams who entered the postseason with such a streak, reached the World Series.
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