2015 MLB Postseason Predictions: Wild Card Round
The 2015 MLB Postseason begins this week with the single-game wild card round. After the lengthy MLB regular season, four teams will play in one game with hopes to move on to the Divisional round of the 2015 MLB Playoffs.
The Houston Astros travel to New York to take on the ” Bronx Bombers” on Tuesday, October 6. The Astros will give the ball to Dallas Keuchel (20-8) while the Yankees look to Masahiro Tanaka (12-7) in their search of a 28th World Series title.
The Astros started off the season strong and surprised everyone by leading the AL West for a huge part of the season. They eventually cooled down but still did enough to make their first postseason appearance in 10 years. With great play from Jose Altuve, Colby Rasmussen, and Evan Gattis, the Astros played well ahead of expectations and hope to continue their great season.
The Yankees also surprised people and were atop the AL East for most of the season until the Blue Jays caught fire. New York maintained their good play and made it to the postseason once again. However, even though Tanaka is getting the start in this game, pitcher CC Sabathia entered alcohol rehab today and will miss the postseason which definitely hurts the Yankees chances if they were to advance. But I don’t think they will and the postseason ends early for the Yankees.
WINNER: Houston Astros
The Cubs became one of the most popular teams in baseball this season and played good all season. Most people thought that the Cubs were still a year or two away from competing in the postseason but Joe Madden and a cast of young stars led the Cubs to the postseason for the first time since the 2008. Chicago will hand the ball to Cy Young-hopeful Jake Arrieta (22-6) in hopes of advancing to face NL Central rivals St. Louis Cardinals.
The Pirates are the third NL Central team to make it to the postseason and they are hoping that this is the year that they take the next step. Pittsburgh has made it to the postseason the last two seasons, but did not get past the Divisional round. Gerrit Cole starts for the Bucs on Wednesday night and Andrew McCutchin will have to carry a heavy load and lead their offense. The loss of Jung Ho Kang definitely hurts the Pirates chances for advancing and I think they will be eliminated early once again.
WINNER: Chicago Cubs
Daryl Karpinski Jr.