Yesterday saw the first night of the baseball post-season playoffs – the last month of the baseball calender where the best of baseball’s two leagues battle it out to see who can make it to the World Series (cue jokes about not being the world etc.)
This year could be a good one for the New York Yankees, having looked really good towards the end of the season. They’ve underperformed for the last few years and even seen the trusty eighty-something year curse on their rival Red Sox broken as the Bostonians won the World Championship in 2004.
Boston aren’t in this year’s play offs, having gotten rid of half of their star-studded Championship team, so we won’t have to suffer endless references to the plucky underdogs of the Red Sox. It grates when they are still one of the biggest sports teams in the world.
The eight teams that have made it through are:
New York Yankees – should do well having come good second half of the season.
Detriot Tigers – usually average team, made the early running but faded towards the end of the season
Oakland A’s – a solid team who could do well if their form holds up – suspect pitching towards the end of the rotation
Minisota Twins – Came from behind to win the American League Central Division, just pipping the Tigers
St Louis Cardenals – Did well in a pretty average division. Can’t see them going all the way.
San Diego Padres – Didn’t really shine in the National League West, won division tied with the Dodgers
LA Dodgers – Who could want the Dodgers to win since they moved out of Brooklyn?
New York Mets – Surely the big hope of the National League. The Mets have been a form team all season and picked up 97 wins in the season, equalling the yankees for the highest number of wins in the year.
A subway series of Mets vs Yankees in the World Series would be great for baseball and would make for a perfect match up.
Our tips….? The Yanks have to be favourites, but that will be reflected in their odds, so perhaps the smart money will go on the Mets.