Get ready to swing because the first pitch of the MLB post season is about to fire up. The bracket is set and the 10 teams that will battle to collect the champion’s ring are defined.
This Tuesday October 6th, the American League Wild Card Game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros will officially start the MLB playoffs.
Since 2012 when MLB added a second wild card team to each league to increase the excitement, the two non-division winners with the best records in the National and American League will compete in the Wild Card Game to see which one advances to the Divisional Series, respectively.
The winner of that game will face the No. 1 seeded from its respective league in the Divisional Series. In the American League, Yankees will face the Astros and the winner will battle in a “best out five game series” against the Kansas City Royals.
On Wednesday, is the chance for the National League’s teams, when Pittsburgh Pirates play against the Chicago Cubs in order to prove who deserves more the opportunity to face the Saint Louis Cardinals in their division series.
Divisional series games begin on Thursday and besides the two possible matchups mentioned before, the other two games from each division are: The Toronto Blue Jays against the Texas Rangers in the American League and the L.A. Dodgers against the New York Mets in the National League.
What to Expect?
Even though both teams, the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros have been limping during most of the 162 games of the regular season, it is almost impossible to predict what could happen in only one winner-takes-all game.
With similar paths through the season, the Yankees spent a total of 100 days atop the AL East before finally being overtaken by the streaking Blue Jays in late August and went just 15–17 from Sept. 1 onward. The Astros spent 139 days leading the AL West before being passed by the Rangers in mid-September; they went 13–17 on the month. The Yanks finished with 87 wins, the Astros with 86.
Nonetheless, the game surely promises excitement, as both teams will have on the mount great pitchers. After recovering from a hamstring, Masahiro Tanaka will throw for the Yankees and Dallas Keuchel, for the Astros.
In the meantime, the Kansas City Royals will be closely paying attention to any detail that could give them an advantage with their possible rival. The AL wild card game will start at 8 p.m. ET.