2019 MLB Postseason Review

Reviewing the 2019 MLB Postseason

As the 2019 MLB postseason comes to a close, we can look back at our predictions and see how we did.  From my own bracket prediction, it’s clear that I was way off with some picks, and spot on with some others.  Overall I feel I did better than in some past years.  This 2019 MLB postseason review will take a brief look back at my predictions and thoughts.

The good: I got the entire American League side completely correct!  😀  I also got the NL Wild Card game right.

The bad: I missed both of the NLDS picks, and therefore had a complete opposite NLCS matchup.

2019 MLB Postseason Predictions

Here is the bracket I made for the results I wanted to see happen.  Obviously, things didn’t go the way I wanted.  I was unsurprised to see the Yankees make the ALCS, but also unsurprised to see them lose there.  The Nationals beating the Dodgers in grand fashion (pun intended) was great, but I was rooting for the Cardinals in that lopsided NLCS.  However, I do like the Nationals, so I wasn’t too unhappy to see them make the World Series, especially because they didn’t beat the Braves, who I like far more than the Cardinals this year even though the Cards are normally right up there with the Braves for me.

I’m very happy the Nationals beat the Astros in the World Series.  It was a very satisfying conclusion to the season, partly because of the Nationals’ overall story, and because I was rooting for them quite a bit in the series.  I’ve been getting a bit tired of seeing the Astros (except George Springer, who is awesome) in the postseason, so I suppose now I know how people felt when the Yankees were atop the baseball world during their last dynasty (1996-2000).

Ben's 2019 MLB Postseason hopes

What do you think?

Did you enjoy the 2019 MLB postseason?  What did you think of the results?

2019 MLB Postseason – October 11th, 2019

2019 MLB Postseason

We have completed the Division Series round!

Looking at my predictions made a day before the postseason started, I have been right on some and wrong on others, which is not surprising.

What I got right: Both Wild Card games and both of the American League Division Series.

What I got wrong: Both National League Division Series.

New Predictions?

I think the Cardinals can outlast the Nationals in the NLCS, but I think it will be a good and close series that could go 7 games.  I still think the Astros have too much pitching for the Yankees to overcome, in addition to home field advantage that proved to be big in the 2017 ALCS.  However, the Rays unexpectedly pushing them all the way to a Game 5 does make me a little more hopeful the Yankees can win this time.  If my new predictions come true, the Astros will beat the Cardinals in the World Series.

Favorite Moments

Obviously, watching the Yankees dismantle the Twins with ease was nice to see.  I loved seeing 3 of the 4 Division Series going to a Game 5.  The Braves-Cardinals DS was one of the best postseason series I’ve ever seen, really classic up until the final game.  Game 1 of that series and Game 5 of the Nats-Dodgers series were the two best games in my opinion.  It’s easy to forget the Wild Card games already, but the Nationals one was great.

I was very impressed with the Rays not giving up, and with Adam Duvall’s heroics for the Braves.

Of course, Howie Kendrick owns the greatest moment of the postseason so far:

Looking forward to seeing what else happens during this epic 2019 MLB Postseason!  😀  Feel free to comment below your thoughts on the postseason so far, and who you think will win from this point forward!

2019 MLB Postseason Predictions

2019 MLB Postseason Predictions

The time has come!  After an interesting and unique regular season with multiple records set, it is finally time for the most exciting time of year for many of us – the 2019 Major League Baseball postseason!  My 2019 MLB postseason predictions are right here on September 30th 2019 – ready to be proven wrong the very next day as the teams start playing!  XD

I LOVE the bracket.  It is filled with my favorite teams, and I think I like the bracket even better than last year.  I would have liked to see the Rockies again, but overall I almost couldn’t be happier with which teams made the postseason overall.  My favorite teams are 1) Yankees, 2) Braves, and 3) Cardinals as of 2019, so naturally I will be watching as many games as possible.  😀   In fact, I don’t truly dislike any of the teams, except maybe the Astros because they beat the Yankees in 2017 and feel they will again this year.  Historically the Twins would be my least favorite of the 10 teams, with almost all the others in my top half of favorite teamsFill out your own bracket!

Here is what I think will happen:

2019 MLB Postseason Predictions

I can’t help but predict a 2017 repeat, since the Astros and Dodgers really look like the best team in each league.  The Championship Series matchups could also look similar to recent matchups.  In addition, I think the Nationals will lose in the Division Series yet again and the Athletics will lose another Wild Card game.

However, this is what I WANT to happen:

Ben's 2019 MLB Postseason hopes

Now THAT looks GREAT!  Almost perfect.  I would love to see the Braves face the Cardinals in the NLCS so I didn’t have to root against the Cards so early on.

Feel free to share your own 2019 MLB Postseason Predictions below in the comments!

Baseball Playoffs Predictions for 2019

Baseball Playoffs Predictions – 2019 Edition

Here in the last days of August 2019, the postseason is little more than a month away!  This is a very exciting time of year for the sport, as anticipation builds towards the October climax.  Many teams are still in the playoff race, but many will be eliminated in the next 30 days.

Looking at my 2019 predictions, you can already see that I’ve been iffy on predicting the correct standings so far.  However, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to make more predictions as the season goes on!  It’s a way of trying to still be right by making even more predictions!  😀

What could September bring?

Cleveland’s recent rise in the Wild Card standings puts the Rays in a tight spot.  The AL East and AL West seem to have pretty clear winners.  The Nationals have finally been doing really well, with the Brewers still struggling to contend.

American League

Even as a Yankees fan I have to admit that the Astros are the favorite to win the AL pennant.  Their rotation and talent is absurd, and I think 2017 proved that they can outduel the Yankees in a long series full of starting pitching importance.  Regardless of what happens in the Division Series, I see the Astros beating the Yankees in the ALCS just like they did in 2017.  I do think it will be a good series, but good pitching generally beats good hitting.

National League

As usual the National League has more parity, though with the fall of the Red Sox and the incredible Dodger squad, it’s not quite as unbalanced between the leagues as it was in 2017 and 2018.  Just like last year I am heavily rooting for a Yankees-Braves World Series, but the Dodgers appear poised to win their third consecutive pennant.  I am disappointed and surprised that the Brewers have not been able to capitalize on their amazing run from last year, but the Cardinals are my second-favorite team in the NL right now after the Braves.  I don’t see the Cardinals holding on to win the NL Central, and I think there is a good chance we’ll see a 2017 World Series rematch: Astros vs. Dodgers.

That is my official prediction!  I’d probably go with the Astros in that matchup, but I hope I’m way off!  😀  (and that we’ll see a repeat of 1996)

Please leave a comment below with your 2019 Major League Baseball playoffs predictions!

Baseball Playoffs Predictions for 2019 - can anyone beat the Houston Astros?
Can anyone beat the Astros?

2018 MLB Postseason – Predictions and Hopes

2018 MLB Postseason

The time has come to start the 2018 MLB Postseason! Obviously my 2018 predictions are a bit off, but that’s pretty typical.  It’s fun to make a new bracket once the postseason is about to begin.

As I write this post, we are less than one hour away from the start of the NL Wild Card Game between the Rockies and Cubs.  Fittingly enough I just filled out my bracket for how I hope the postseason goes down.  You can do the same at MLB.com!

ALWC: Yankees over Athletics

NLWC: Rockies over Cubs

ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox, Indians over Astros

NLDS: Rockies over Brewers, Braves over Dodgers

ALCS: Yankees over Indians

NLCS: Braves over Rockies

WS: Yankees over Braves

2018 MLB Postseason
In my perfect world, this is how things will go down.

Going into the postseason, I’m worried that the Yankees (my favorite team) will have trouble if they match up against the Red Sox.  However, the Yankees won 2 of 3 at Fenway in the last series of the regular season, so perhaps this Yankees team can actually win road games when they matter. (excluding Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS of course – the only road game the Yankees won in the 2017 postseason)  I’m less confident about the AL Wild Card Game than I was last year against the Twins, but overall I love the postseason bracket.  I was pulling for the Brewers and Rockies in Game 163’s, but hoping the Braves can stun the field and win the pennant.

Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion being back together (and Donaldson’s presence in particular) is the main reason I’m hoping the Indians can upstage the Astros.  I have a bad feeling the Cubs and Dodgers may match up in the NLCS again, but the Brewers are hot and look ready to maybe even win it all.

Here’s to a great 2018 MLB Postseason!!