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Playoff seeding undecided with two games remaining

04 October 2017, 12:37 | Francis Delgado

Playoff seeding undecided with two games remaining

New York Yankees Aaron Judge works out at Yankees Stadium Monday Oct. 2 2017 in New York. The Yankees host the Minnesota Twins in the American League wild card playoff baseball game on Tuesday

As the top seeds in their respective leagues, Cleveland and Los Angeles will face the winners of this year's "play-in" games in the Wild Card round.

After a great regular season that featured extreme performances from both teams and individuals, Major League Baseball's postseason is shaping up as one of the most intriguing in years. As the favorites in the American League Wild-Card Game and the National League Wild-Card game, respectively, the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks both have +1400 World Series odds. Taking a stab at what it all looks like, let's get into it. Go out and play, play unencumbered, play mentally freely and just play out the game that we've learned to play over the last couple years. I think pitching will be the biggest factor, especially in the shorter opening rounds, where the top two or three in the pitchers in starting rotation play a large role in setting the tone. The Dodgers do have the better bullpen than the Diamondbacks, and a higher run differential.

These Twins outscored opponents by 27 runs, but were 12-26 against the other four AL playoff teams, outscored in those 38 contests by 104 runs. "It's hard enough to win without thinking about a year ago". The Rockies were 87-75 this season with a +67 run differential.

"Throughout the struggling first half, we just kept coming at it". Last year's World Series, in fact, featured the team with the best record in the NL and the team with the second-best record in the AL. I don't know what it is but they're missing some vital feature that allows a team to remember how great they are and continue playing that great in the postseason; thus, the Cubs, who have been there before move on to the NLCS. The Yankees won 91, with the run differential of a 101-win team, while the Diamondbacks won 93 with the run differential of a 97-win team.

If there's an upset brewing in the Wild Card round, I think it's more likely that the Rockies make it happen.

The Astros might be baseball's best feel-good story of 2017, as they aren't very far removed from being the AL's perennial doormat for a five-year span.

From there, the board spreads out to the teams with Division Series home-field advantage, the Houston Astros (+500) and Washington Nationals (+700), followed by the Boston Red Sox (+800) and defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs (+800).

The Cubs went virtually wire-to-wire a year ago in the regular season before surviving several tense moments in the postseason and winning the franchise's first World Series since 1908. While the Yankees have plenty of young guns at their disposal, it's the Indians that have experience on their side.

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Much of that was due to the National League having brilliant position players such as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Willie McCovey, Johnny Bench and Orlando Cepeda, and superior pitchers that included Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Juan Marichal, Tom Seaver, Ferguson Jenkins, Steve Carlton and Don Drysdale.

With two juggernauts advancing, the ALCS should be a doozy.

Added Miller: "It doesn't matter to me, I'd just like to be the last team to win a game this year". "When we were thinking about partnerships to showcase the power of YouTube TV, Major League Baseball and the World Series was the ideal fit".

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians are tied for the best World Series odds at +333.

The second game of the series was the Twins' game to lose - and lose they did, holding a 3-1 lead until the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Houston Astros suffered a similar fate as the Dodgers in that they ran away with the league's best record for so long that they were invariably destined to come back down to earth.

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