A Casual Fans Guide to Surviving Wildcard Week

Hey, sports fans! Its October which means It’s time for the MLB playoffs!!

 

We all know that baseball is America’s past time, but not all of us have the time to keep up with a 162 game season.  That’s ok; the playoffs are a perfect place to get back into the swing of the MLB season.

In this post, I will give you casual fans guide to Wild Card week complete with the history, the who’s who and a few talking points about each series to help you when talking with sports buffs at work and school.  Let’s get started.

 

 

 

What is the Wildcard?

 

It’s that card in Uno that lets you pick any color right? Yes, but not in baseball terms. The Wildcard was created into allows two teams from each league to duke it out for one last playoff spot.

Circa 1995 the only teams that made the playoffs were the one who would win the division. Adding the Wildcard game made the playoffs more exciting and allowed the league to cash in on the extra game revenue.

 

 

 

 

AL Wildcard

Yankees Vs. Twins

The Yankees will be hosting the Minnesota Twins. This game is to be all about how the young guns on the Yankees handle their first playoff game. For the first time in a long time, the players lack the playoff experience.  As a young team, it will be interesting to see how they respond to a one-game playoff. Even though the stakes are higher in October, baseball is still baseball, and the Yankees have gone 4 for 6 when facing the Twins this season. The Twins will rely on the play pitcher of Ervin Santana who is coming off his best season since 2008. Five of Santana’s playoff wins have come against the Yankees.

 

 

 

Talking points

 

  1.  The long ball – Yankees Right fielder Aaron Judge has broken the MLB Rookie home run record set with by Mark Maguire in 1987
  2.   The twins have only won 33-89 games against Yankees
  3.  This is the Twins first playoff berth since 2010
  4.   Going from worst to almost first -The Twins are the first team to ever clinch a wildcard spot after losing 103 games a season prior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NL Wildcard

Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks

 

It has been a long time since both these teams have played any baseball in October. The Rockies haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. For the D-backs it hasn’t been much better; not seeing the field in October since 2011. In any one-game playoff, I will always give the edge to the team with better pitching like Former Cy Young winner  Zack Greinke, who is 17-7 on the year. The Rockies have had some success against Greinke this year with six players batting over 300  against him. This means that the Rockies Batters get a hit every 3 out of every ten at bats.  Diamondback hitters have been just as effective against Gray. I think that the D-backs have the edge in this one.

 

 

Talking points

  1. The Rockies are the second best baserunning teams in the MLB
  2. Both starting pitchers are 2-1 against the opposing teams
  3. History is on the side of the Diamondbacks- they have won 11-8 records against the Rockies
  4. Both managers are candidates  for manager of the year

 

 

 

 

Cool videos

 

 

Get pumped!

Hey, sports fans! Its October which means It’s time for the MLB playoffs!!

 

We all know that baseball is America’s past time, but not all of us have the time to keep up with a 162 game season.  That’s ok; the playoffs are a perfect place to get back into the swing of the MLB season.

In this post, I will give you a casual fans guide to Wild Card week complete with the history, the who’s who and a few talking points about each series to help you when talking with sports buffs at work and school.  Let’s get started.

 

 

 

What is the Wildcard?

 

It’s that card in Uno that lets you pick any color right? Yes, but not in baseball terms. The Wildcard was created into allows two teams from each league to duke it out for one last playoff spot.

Circa 1995 the only teams that made the playoffs were the one who would win the division. Adding the Wildcard game made the playoffs more exciting and allowed the league to cash in on the extra game revenue.

 

 

 

 

AL Wildcard

Yankees Vs. Twins

The Yankees will be hosting the Minnesota Twins. This game is to be all about how the young guns on the Yankees handle their first playoff game. For the first time in a long time, the players lack the playoff experience.  As a young team, it will be interesting to see how they respond to a one-game playoff. Even though the stakes are higher in October, baseball is still baseball, and the Yankees have gone 4 for 6 when facing the Twins this season. The Twins will rely on the play pitcher of Ervin Santana who is coming off his best season since 2008. Five of Santana’s playoff wins have come against the Yankees.

As a young team, it will be interesting to see how they respond to a one-game playoff. Even though the stakes are higher in October, baseball is still baseball, and the Yankees have gone 4 for 6 when facing the Twins this season. The Twins will rely on the play pitcher of Ervin Santana who is coming off his best season since 2008. Five of Santana’s playoff wins have come against the Yankees.

 

 

 

Talking points

 

  1.  The long ball – Yankees Right fielder Aaron Judge has broken the MLB Rookie home run record set with by Mark Maguire in 1987
  2.   The twins have only won 33-89 games against Yankees

 

  1.  This is the Twins first playoff berth since 2010
  2.   Going from worst to almost first -The Twins are the first team to ever clinch a wildcard spot after losing 103 games a season prior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NL Wildcard

Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks

 

It has been a long time since both these teams have played any baseball in October. The Rockies haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. For the D-backs it hasn’t been much better; not seeing the field in October since 2011. In any one-game playoff, I will always give the edge to the team with better pitching like Former Cy Young winner  Zack Greinke, who is 17-7 on the year. The Rockies have had some success against Greinke this year with six players batting over 300  against him. This means that the Rockies Batters get a hit every 3 out of every ten at bats.  Diamondback hitters have been just as effective against Gray. I think that the D-backs have the edge in this one.

The Rockies have had some success against Greinke this year with six players batting over 300  against him. This means that the Rockies Batters get a hit every 3 out of every ten at bats.  Diamondback hitters have been just as effective against Gray. I think that the D-backs have the edge in this one.

 

 

Talking points

  1. The Rockies are the second best baserunning teams in the MLB
  2. Both starting pitchers are 2-1 against the opposing teams
  3. History is on the side of the Diamondbacks- they have a 11-8 record against the Rockies
  4. Both managers are candidates  for manager of the yea.r

 

 

 

 

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Get pumped

 

 

 

 

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