In two starts against the Yankees he was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers claim the top seed with an MLB best record of 103-58, followed by the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs.
Ray won't be pitching Wednesday night when the Diamondbacks host the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card Game, but former Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez will be on the national stage after a sizzling finish to the 2017 season.
Of course, we can do virtually the same thing by betting both teams' at 8-1 and having basically 4.5-1 on our investment for the surviving team (note: you can also do better by shopping around for better odds on each team). Catcher Gary Sanchez contributed to his impressive sophomore campaign with 33 dingers of his own. That's why they play the games, though. In the League Championship Series, Wild Card teams are 12-11. Whether you love them or hate them, the New York Yankees are back and are ready to make some noise this October.
The Yankees face the Cleveland Indians, the best regular season team in the American League, in the ALDS.
Whatever ends up happening, it makes what could at times feel like a regular season slog worth it. Fans will be treated to the Indians and Yankees in an LDS series, which nearly feels criminal.
A year ago heading into the MLB Playoffs, the Cubs were 7-4 to win it all.
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I'm not a big fan of the one-game playoff after a 162-game season, but that's the hand we're dealt and we'll try to find a winning wager after a few paragraphs.
With Sunday's brutal loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns fell to 1-19 in Hue Jackson's head coaching tenure, 2-29 in their last 31 franchise games and 4-37 dating back to Week 13 of the 2014 season. "They've really been on a roll the last 50, 60 games, playing as well as anyone".
"They have a good team over there", Indians catcher Roberto Perez said October 4 in the Tribe clubhouse.
These three teams are the clear favorites as postseason baseball heats up, as far as the Vegas odds go. What Joe asked them to do, I think they showed they can do it. Cleveland has the best pitching staff in baseball between Kluber and Miller and has the third best offense in the MLB, statistically.
The Indians won the regular season series with the Yankees, 5-2.
Though Vegas thinks LA will be the one to battle Cleveland in the World Series, their very bad September has me suspicious. They have one of the best players in the game in Bryce Harper, and they will be able to take advantage of the opportunities the inconsistent Dodgers will give to them.