Two Wild Card teams refuse to lose and meet in the World Series

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The World Series is now front and center in the sports news and sports on the web. It will be the second time in MLB Playoffs history that the teams battling in the World Series are both wild card teams. The first was the Angels beating the Giants in the 2002 World Series. Taking the longest road possible to reach the pinnacle of the World Series. You have the young upstart Royals that swept through the American League ALDS and ALCS championships to reach the World Series against a MLB playoff Giants team that has been about the most consistent in the game over the last five years. It will be their third World Series appearance in those five years and they won both of their previous appearances to become World Series Champions. When the Royals swept through the American League playoffs it was the first time since the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks that a team went through the division series and the conference final without losing a game. Talk about peaking at the right time. So how did these teams make it to the World Series, the pinnacle of professional Baseball.

The American League is often called the Junior Circuit. Who will represent in the MLB Playoffs

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The Royals frustrated the Orioles completely with their defense and timely hitting and the Royals bullpen really shortened the game. If you have not scored before the seventh inning with those guys, chances are you won’t be. The Royals pen reminds Allsports of the 1992 Blue Jays where Dwayne Ward and Tom Henkie cleaned house from the seventh inning on. Lorenzo Cain was a thorn in the Orioles side all series long and recorded eight hits in fifteen at bats for a .533 average. He was rightfully named the MVP of the series but honorable mention has to go out to the Royals bullpen for shutting the door on a very dangerous Orioles team.

The National League, also known as the senior circuit, who will represent in the MLB Playoffs

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In the National League Allsports did pick the Cardinals to win it but two things happened that made it so it was not in the cards for them, pardon the pun. First the Cardinals lost their all world catcher in Yadier Molina who suffer an oblique muscle strain and could not swing a bat. Secondly a guy named Madison Bumgarner out pitched Cards ace Adam Wainwright in there two starts to swing the tables into the Giants favor. Bumgarner was throwing BB’s up there for the Cards to hit without much luck. He pitched 15.2 innings, giving up three runs and the Cards batted .170 against him. He has been a horse for the Giants and Allsports feels he is the best money pitcher in the game today. He just wins baby and he received the NL MVP. Allsports thought it would have been interesting to see Molina trying to throw out the speedy Royals on the base paths but it just was not to be.

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Some Surprises in the MLB Playoffs Picture.

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The MLB Playoffs have reached the Conference Championship stage in the sports news and sports on the web. There were a few twists that Allsports did not see coming at the Division MLB Playoff level which is a little bit of an understatement considering  he went one for four in that round of the MLB Playoffs. Even the one that was right was kind of wrong. Allsports did pick Baltimore over the Detroit Tigers in their MLB Playoff ALDS series but the margin of victory was supposed to be slight and the MLB Playoffs series was supposed to go the distance. The Orioles handled the great Tigers starting pictures and once they got into the soft underbelly of the Tigers bullpen the fat lady started to sing. The brooms came out an it was a three game sweep for Baltimore. The Orioles served notice that they will be a formidable opponent in the Conference Championship of the MLB Playoffs.

The surprise of the MLB Playoffs has to be the Kansas City Royals. No one gave them a chance against the Angels, Allsports included. All they did was sweep away the Angels in their ALDS, MLB Playoff series. Making the best team in baseball through the regular season look very ordinary in the process. There were some MLB Playoff firsts in this series. It was the first time a team opened the MLB Playoffs with three consecutive extra-inning games.   The Royals won them all, one against Oakland in the Wild Card MLB Playoff game and then the first two in L.A. to open that series. There sure was not much to cheer about in La La Land, that’s for sure. The second first was that it was the first time the team with the best record in baseball through the regular season was swept in their first series of the MLB Playoffs. Allsports was happy this prediction was wrong and enjoyed the baseball the Royals played. Their speed on the bases had the Angels off balance all series and some outstanding defensive plays snuffed out a few of the Angels potential rallies. The Royals were very entertaining to watch and played the MLB Playoff series the way Ty Cobb would have been proud of.  It was Old Time Baseball.

Ty Cobb was one of the meanest and feared players to ever put on the cleats

Ty Cobb

In the National League of the MLB Playoffs, Allsports was shut out although not surprised. The two teams that refuse to lose in the big games of the MLB Playoffs did not disappoint. The Giants and the Cardinals took out their rivals by identical three games to one series scores. The question now is, which one of these two teams will blink first when they meet up for the National League Championship in the MLB Playoffs? The Giants scored their series winning run on a wild pitch and both teams had trouble bringing runs in with a man in scoring position. Bryce Harper was great at the plate for the Nationals but the trouble was he rarely had someone to drive in other than himself. While St. Louis was just more consistent at executing than the Dodgers and it helped having Matt Carpenter swinging the bat for them. He was involved with many of the scoring plays the Cardinals made. Allsports will make a prediction because after all that is the fun of it and of course the record could not get any worse.

So now the stakes are that much higher in the MLB Playoffs. The winners of the ALCS and NLCS will earn the right to represent their league in the World Series. There is an additional carrot for the American League Champion because they will get home field advantage in the World Series due to the fact that the American League won the All-star game this year.

The American League is often called the Junior Circuit. Who will represent in the MLB Playoffs

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In the American League the upstart Royals head to Balitmore to open the ALCS for the MLB Playoffs on Friday night at 8 PM. All of the experts are not giving the Royals much of a chance in this one. The Orioles hit the most home runs in the Major Leagues this year, while the Royals hit the fewest. Baltimore has very few if any weaknesses and has played pretty consistent baseball all year long. They execute when they have to and very rarely beat themselves. As they say, Baltimore does all the little things well that win you ball games. With that said, the Royals are a young team and just don’t know that they are not supposed to be here. They made plays in the field that sucked the life out of any potential rallies and with that stayed away from the big inning that could hurt them. The Royals were on a high after putting away the Angels and most say the layoff before this round of the MLB Playoffs will hurt them more than it will the Orioles. They will come back to earth so to speak and the Orioles have more experience to keep them on a steady keel. Well Allsports thinks the Orioles will be quite formidable but with what I have seen from the Royals in these playoffs, the young guys have captured my enthusiasm and I don’t want to see it end. It will be a very tough series but my heart wants the Royals to win it so that is why I am going to take the Royals in the full seven games. It may not be where the smart money is but I am rooting for the Royals and their fans. It has been a long time coming in K.C., the young guys have played great so let’s not have the bubble burst on them yet.

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The Wild Card games have been decided. On to the Division Series.

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The MLB Playoffs are the main focus these days in the sports news and sports on the web. In fact they become the main focus here in North America every year once the calendar moves into October. The Wild Card games are in the books and now it is time to move on to the respective Divisional Series. Just a couple of notes on the wild card games. The American League game with the A’s at the Royals was one of the best games Allsports has seen in quite a while. It had all the elements of a great game and could end up being the gem of this year’s playoffs. You had to feel for the Pirates in the National League game thought as. Madison Bumgarner was masterful in pitching a complete game four hit shutout. The only runs he needed came off the bat of Brandon Crawford who hit a grand slam home run in the fourth inning. It was the first ever grand slam by a shortstop in MLB playoffs history. Wow, what a way to get your name into the record books.

The American League is often called the Junior Circuit

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The American League Divisional Series open tonight with Detroit in Baltimore to battle the Orioles and the Royals out on the west coast to take on the Angels. Allsports loves the underdog ( you would never guess being a Leafs fan) but the Royals taking out the Angels is a pretty tall order. As I said in my last post, The Angels were on fire in the second half of the season and finished with the best record in the Majors. L.A. just has too much fire power and should take the Royals out in four games.

Miguel_Cabrera leads the Tigers into Baltimore for the MLB PLayoffs

Miguel_Cabrera

The Tigers Orioles series is a different story though and is quite intriguing. The Tigers boast one of the best starting rotations in all of Baseball if not the best. But the Orioles are not too far behind them. The Orioles hit the most home runs in the Majors this year and had the most, or close to it come from behind wins. Baltimore has the better bullpen of the two which should help them in the late innings. The wild card in this series is Miguel Cabrera, he was not 100% last year but seems good to go this year. If Cabrera gets going with the bat it could be trouble for the Orioles. Detroit though needs to score early and have their starters give them at least 7 innings because the Orioles pen is lights out. All that said Allsports thinks Baltimore will overcome the Tigers starters and win a squeaker of a series in the maximum five games.

The National League, also known as the senior circuit

National League Logo

In the National League the Giants move on to the capital to face the Washington Nationals. The Nationals are the same as the Tigers with great starting pitching. They finished with the best record in the National League and seemed to be firing on all cylinders going into the playoffs. The Giants meanwhile are a seasoned playoff team and always seem to come through in the games that matter most. They were World Series Champions in 2010 and again in 2012. Washington has qualified for the MLB Playoffs once before this year and that was in 2012. The Nationals came into being this time around when the Montreal Expos moved the team there in 2005. If you look at the records this year the Nationals should be pretty much a lock, but the Giants, with their history of winning big games in the MLB PLayoffs and won’t go quietly. A Washington series win would be good for baseball so Allsports will flip a coin and take the Nationals in the maximum, five games.

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The MLB playoffs start tonight

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The American League wild card game is tonight in the sports news and sports on the web. Oakland travels to Kansas City to take on the Royals. This is the Royals first playoff appearance since 1985. The last time they won the World Series.

The Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing

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Allsports is hoping the Royals can pull it off and move on to take on the L.A. Angels who had a strong second half to finish with the best record in baseball this year at 98-64. Who ever wins the wild card will be in tough to beat out the Angels in one ALDS. Detroit goes to Baltimore in the other ALDS. Scherzer (18-5), goes for the Tigers  and Tillman (13-6), starts for the Orioles.

The World Series, sometimes referred to as the fall classic

The Commissioner’s Trophy

The National League Wild card game kicks off tomorrow night in Pittsburgh where the Pirates will host the San Francisco Giant. Allsports is looking for a Pirates win here. The winner of this Wild Card game heads to the US capital to take on the Nationals in one NLDS. The St. Louis Cardinals head out to L.A to take on the Dodgers in the other NLDS. Two 20 game winners will battle in the first game when   Wainwright (20-9) goes up against  Kershaw (21-3). Can you say a 1-0 game?

So Allsports is going for the Royals in the American League wild card game and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild card game. Stay tuned for more allsports predictions on the Major League Baseball playoffs as they progress.

And that’s the sports news and sports on the web, or the way I see it anyway.

“No Guts No Glory”

Walt Webb

P.S. As Baseball reaches it’s climax, hockey is just starting up and the regular season is just around the corner. Can the Toronto Maple Leafs make the playoffs this year or will this season be another exercise in futility?