The Wild Card games are finished, and we officially know the 4 Division Series matchups we’ll be treated to this October; After back to back nights of emotion filled thrills, the Brewers will host the Rockies in what should make out to be a new and exciting series, while the Yankees head to Boston in a series that will rekindle The Rivalry.
The Rockies and Cubs kicked off the 2018 postseason in a passionate pitchers duel between playoff veteran Jon Lester and 2nd year youngster Kyle Freeland. Lester struck out 9 over 6 innings of 1 run ball, while Freeland shut the cubs out over 6 and two thirds with 6 K’s of his own. Both starters couldn’t hide their energy in the do or die game;
Javier Baez tied things up with a clutch 2 out 2 strike RBI double in the 8th, and the game was sent into extra innings tied at 1. Despite the many worries, Colorado’s bullpen held their own against Chicago’s, striking out 10 in 6 and a third’s work.
In the end, the most unlikely of hero’s came through in the form of an RBI single from Tony Wolters in the 13th, putting the Rockies up 2-1. Scott Oberg struck out the side to close things up, upsetting the Cubs on their own home turf, and sending them to their first division series since 2009.
How many people had the Rockies facing the Brewers in the NLDS? Because that’s what we’re being treated to, and it should be electric. Two young and new teams, hungry for a shot at the NLCS. The two teams have already had thrilling matchups this season, considering 3 of their 7 matchups were decided in the 9th inning or later.
In the American League, the Yankees defeated the Moneyball squad yet again by a final score of 6-2. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both demolished homeruns in the same game for the first time since early July, while Luis Severino proved he can still be the ace the Yankees need.
Towards the end of the game, fans broke out in a “we want Boston” chant, and as a baseball fan, I couldn’t agree more:
The Yankees – Red Sox rivalry has proved real this year, and a playoff matchup is exactly what it needed. Giancarlo vs Martinez. Judge vs Betts. Sevy vs Sale. Chapman vs Kimbrel. Either one of these teams could win it all, but only one can move on. The series will be must watch TV, and I could not be more excited.
Elsewhere, the Braves will have a shot at making a name for themselves and getting some playoff experience against the veteran Dodgers, while the Astros host the Indians in what could be an extremely competitive pitching series. Both National League series kick off Thursday, with the American League slated to start Friday.