In what figures to be a competitive series, the defending champion Chicago Cubs are +115 series underdogs in the NLDS against the Washington Nationals.
National League (NL) teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Colorado Rockies will be aiming to dethrone the Cubs. Judge, the man the Yankees offense revolves around, is 4-for-14 this season against the Indians, including one home run off of Mike Clevinger. Josh Tomlin (10-9, 4.98) and Danny Salazar (5-6, 4.28) are also a pair of options that could be considered. Catcher Gary Sanchez contributed to his impressive sophomore campaign with 33 dingers of his own.
They are a team with few - if any - weaknesses that has both the experience from going all the way to Game 7 of the World Series past year and the motivating chip on their shoulder from having lost it. In the League Championship Series, Wild Card teams are 12-11. They lost David Ortiz to retirement, and Mookie Betts has regressed from last year's MVP-caliber season, but Andrew Benintendi has become a young star in left field, and the Red Sox will hope to get hot as they face off as against the Astros.
So how do you pick a victor of this series when they both can hit and pitch well?
The Cleveland Indians are done marveling at their record-setting season, focused instead on avenging their dramatic extra innings Game Seven loss in last year's World Series and snapping Major League Baseball's longest title drought. They're poised to win now and win later, and they look to get that started off against the Indians after beating the Twins Tuesday night. But will anyone get more scrutiny in the postseason than Clayton Kershaw?
Does the Indians' regular season performance matter now in the playoffs? It was the first time that neither starters for each team recorded a strike out in the Wild Card game. After blossoming into an impressive power hitter with Detroit, Martinez hit 45 home runs this year, 29 of which came in 62 games for Arizona after a July trade. "They've really been on a roll the last 50, 60 games, playing as well as anyone".
"Once in a while, when a team has a sensational regular season, they have this sense like, 'We can't blip it now".
If the Diamondbacks win, it would be the highest win total in a divisional series since 2002, when the total was an astounding 790.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians have the best 2017 World Series odds to start the Major League Baseball playoffs.
It will nearly be like having seven World Series instead of one.
I: INJURIES Nationals ace Max Scherzer tweaked his hamstring, teammate Bryce Harper is getting over a bad knee. Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for October 24.