It is that time of year again! Major League Baseball teams are making their last pushes to try and get into the postseason. The thirty two teams in MLB have to compete for the limited ten spots in the postseason. It brings out all of the competitiveness out of the players and even tension between teams, which can often lead to fights.
The ten postseason spots consist of one team from each division, and two from each wild card. The six divisions are the American League East, American League West, American League Central, National League East, National League West, and National League Central. Then there is one Wild Card for each of the two leagues (American and National).
As of right now, the division races are very competitive. The teams that are projected to make the postseason are: Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB.com). Two of the more notable teams headed to the postseason are the Toronto Blue Jays, whose last appearance in the postseason was in 1993, and the Houston Astros, who had one of the worst records in baseball last season (ESPN.com).
When asked his opinion of the MLB postseason, avid baseball lover and player Harrison Hayse (’17) commented, “I like the postseason because it is more than one game per series, and it takes the whole team to get hot to win.” Hayse said that his favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals, and his prediction on the World Series winner was “St. Louis because they are my favorite team and have the best record in baseball, or Kansas City”. Many people think that baseball is a boring sport to watch, but Hayse commented, “I think that baseball’s postseason is just as entertaining as the other sports.” Stay tuned to the MLB playoff race because this year should be extra exciting!