The MLB Finals are upon us, we take a look at the big match ups.
National League SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS v CHICAGO CUBS This is personally my favourite series of the encounters on offer. The San Francisco Giants are perennially in the playoff race. Their mix of talent and experience make them a contender year in and year out. Unfortunately for the boys from the bay they face an absolutely tip top Cubs outfit who won an incredible 103 games with a win rate of 64%. The first game saw an absolutely sensational pitching match up between Lester and Bumgarner. The next game finished 5-2 by the way of Chicago. When the Cubs’ bats went to sleep, their pitchers woke up. Chicago’s pitching staff accounted for 3 of the 5 runs they scored. That’s unheard of in a season let alone in a single playoff game. One more win will push this team one step closer to breaking their 107-year drought. Yep, you read right, 107 years. That is a long time between drinks. WASHINGTON NATIONALS v LOS ANGELES DODGERS In what looks like a prime match up, the Dodgers drew first blood against the Nationals. The Dodgers’ ace Kershaw does what he does so often and get his team the win. It was in a very un-Kershawlike fashion but luckily for him, Scherzer, pitching for Washington gave up one more run. The Nationals have a lot of talent in the squad and if any team can turn around their fortunes it’ll be them. The only problem is that Washington has wilted far too often in the finals. For such a talented roster they don’t seem to perform as expected in the playoffs. This will be an interesting series to watch moving forward. I look for the Nationals to turn this series around and face the Cubs in the next round. American League CLEVELAND INDIANS v BOSTON RED SOX Cleveland has hosted Boston in the past two games and come away with surprisingly strong victories in both regardless of the scores. Cleveland has definitely capitalized on their home ground advantage in the first two games of the series. With both teams now making the trip to Boston keep an eye on Boston righting their wrongs from the previous games and giving Cleveland a run for their money. Clay Buchholz has been money for the Red Sox this season and with the Red Sox bats taking on a new persona at home, belting everything in sight, I look for Boston to level this series and push for a game three in Cleveland. TORONTO BLUE JAYS v TEXAS RANGERS These two teams have a bone to pick with one another. Last year’s playoff series between the two hosted a massive brawl between Odour from the Rangers and Bautista from the Blue Jays. Fast forward a season and they match up again. Only this time it’s become much more one-sided. Toronto piled on the runs in game one winning 10-1 and then followed it up with a decisive 5-3 victory. Both the games were in Texas! Not much more to report, the Blue Jays will be winning one of the next two games and find themselves progressing to the next round. Toronto Blue Jays v Cleveland Indians is what I’m expecting to see lighting up the next round.