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MLB Playoffs Open with a Bang

Hyped by on October 6, 2017

The MLB playoffs opened with plenty of fireworks at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, as New York bounced back from a 3-0 deficit in the first inning to beat the Twins in a topsy-turvy American League Wild Card game and advance to play the Cleveland Indians in the first round.

If the regular season and sports betting lines for the MLB Playoffs are any indicator, the rest of these series should be back-and-forth, drag ‘em out battles as well.

Unfortunately for Yankees fans, the Cleveland Indians are one of the hottest teams in baseball, and among the favorites to win the World Series this year after rattling off a 22-game winning streak late in the summer. The Indians then went on to close the season on an unbelievable 41-7 run.

That said, the Indians are trying to end a 69-year championship drought, and know it’ll be no easy task getting past Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees, let alone the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox. Should the Yankees win and end up going against the rival Red Sox, it would be the first time the two heated rivals have squared off in the postseason since the 2004 playoffs.

The Astros, meanwhile, are hoping to help the city bounce back from Hurrican Harvey and are shooting for their first World Series victory after going 0-for in 10 postseason appearances.

In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a clear cut favorite behind the strong left arm of Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers were a league best 104-58 during the regular season.

The defending champion Chicago Cubs aren’t the feared team they were a year ago, but with last year’s experience the Cubs are confident they can become the first team to win back to back championships since the New York Yankees in 1999 and 2000.

Speaking of a World Series runs, Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals are trying to make a run this year. The Nationals have been in the postseason four times the past six years, but they’ve yet to advance past the divisional round and are seeking their first World Series in franchise history.

In the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Rockies are also hoping to make a run. The Rockies have reached the playoffs for just the fourth time, and the first since 2009. Not bad for a team that averaged 92 losses the past six seasons.