With the start of October, comes the start of the MLB postseason. The NLDS features two matchups between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. The ALDS features two matchups between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros, and the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins.
Down 3-2 in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves, the Cardinals delivered that basic Cardinals magic that the MLB world will never get used to. After a four-run ninth inning, the Braves battled back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately unable to extend the game. The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead. In Game 2 the next day, the Braves pitching carried them to a 3-0 win, tying the series at 1-1 in a best-of-five series.
The NLDS also features a matchup between the Dodgers and Nationals. The Nationals, without Bryce Harper, are a better and more complete team. Juan Soto is arguably a better player than Harper, who was rewarded a $300 million contract from the Philadelphia Phillies.
In Game 1, Walker Buehler of the Dodgers allowed only one hit over six scoreless innings. On the offensive side, Max Muncy drove in three runs to give the Dodgers a comfortable 6-0 lead. Game 2 was a different story, with the Nationals winning 4-2 to even the series at 1-1.
In the ALDS, the Yankees scored 10 runs to win 10-4 and take a 1-0 lead over the Twins, while the Astros won 6-2 to take a 1-0 lead over the Rays.
For the Astros, ace Justin Verlander only allowed one hit while striking out eight batters in seven scoreless innings. Jose Altuve brought in two runs with his only hit of the game, adding to the comfortable win for the Astros.
For the Yankees, DJ LeMahieu homered and drove in four runs, as the Yankees broke the game open in the sixth inning. The game was a tie at one point, but after a great stretch that lasted the sixth and seventh innings, the Yankees cruised to a convincing win.
Both the Yankees and Astros are favorites in the betting landscape of the MLB. The Dodgers fall slightly below them, as they look to rebound for the disappointments of this decade.