The Crazy Ride of the 2018 MLB Playoffs

Cooper Hancock, Staff Reporter

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The 2018 MLB postseason was full of surprises and crazy games by eight different teams across the US competing for a World Series trophy. MLB postseason occurs after the regular season where teams with the best records of their division compete to win the Championship.

The 2018 MLB regular season has concluded and so has the playoffs. Each team who made the postseason finished their seasons with high win-loss records earning them a spot for a chance at winning a World Series ring. The teams that made the playoffs include the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves. The playoffs commenced with the two Wild Card games where the Chicago Cubs faced the Colorado Rockies and the NY Yankees faced the Oakland Athletics.

NLWC: In this low scoring game, the Rockies came out on top with a 2-1 win with an extra-inning go-ahead RBI hit by catcher Tony Wolters. Anthony Rizzo for the Cubs also homered for the Cub’s only run and a sac fly for Nolan Arenado, the third baseman for the Rockies.

ALWC: The bats came alive in this game when the Yankees punched out the A’s with a score of 7-2. Homers from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton of the Bombers and a big 2-RBI triple by Luke Voit helped the Yanks move on.

NLDS: The Dodgers played the Atlanta Braves and took the series 3 games to 1. The young bats of the Braves could not handle the veteran bats of Manny Machado, Justin Turner and their young fire bat of the year Max Muncy. The Rockies also faced the Brewers in a very quick series where the Brew Crew with the bat of Christian Yelich and his teammates completed a sweep in three games versus Colorado.

ALDS: The defending champs, the Houston Astros, played the Cleveland Indians and took the series in four games. Houston’s bats came big with plays by Bregman, Altuve and Reddick. The powerhouse Red Sox played the Yankees in a highly anticipated series where the biggest rivalry in sports collided in the playoffs. The Sox took the series by winning 3 out of 4, the bats of Mookie Betts and JD Martinez powered there team to move closer to the World Series.

NLCS: Dodgers versus the Brewers, winner moves on to the World Series. A total of 7 games were played when the bats and arms of both teams showed throughout the hard-fought series. Although the Dodgers came out on top by winning the game 7, this was not an easy series for them. LA’s first basemen Cody Bellinger was awarded MVP of this series by cashing in clutch moments when the game is on-the-line.

ALCS: The two hottest teams in baseball, the Astros and the Red Sox met in this year’s ALCS. Only a total of four games were played when the Red Sox took down the defending champs with the Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. crushing longshots to take the MVP trophy home.

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Your 2018 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox, jump onto each other in excitement after clinching the trophy after pitcher, Chris Sale, strikes out Dodger’s Manny Machado. This is the Sox’s 9th trophy after beating the LA Dodgers in game five.

World Series: The best teams from both leagues, the Boston Red Sox and the LA Dodgers crashed into the October Classic. This series was a must watch for every baseball fan with packed action and a 7 hour, 18 inning, Game 3 which is the longest ever in a World Series game. Only 5 games were played as the Red Sox showed they were the team to beat when finishing the 2018 season with the best record as they pounded the Dodgers by winning 4 games in 5 to earn the 2018 World Series trophy. Red Sox first baseman, Steve Pearce earned the MVP award of the classic by hitting home runs after home run in the series. Players David Price and Andrew Benintendi also had stellar performances in this series. Rookie manager Alex Cora of the Sox won a World Series for his team in his first year showing that he is a very possible manager of the year.

This playoff run showed strong teams with the passion to compete in must-win games, 2018 MLB playoffs was more unique than any other.