Hey sports fans! Welcome to another edition of Fanaticsport. It’s that time of year again. That’s right; it’s time for some playoff baseball. This year the playoff starts off with wild card week! In this Post I will give you my picks for who I think will advance to the next round of the playoffs the American league.
AL Wild Card
New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
This game should be a pitcher’s duel to say the least. These two teams come into this game with a relatively even record for the season. In fact, the Astros (boasting an 86-76 record), have only lost one more game then the Yankees. So you can’t use each team’s record as an indication of who will win tonight. Like I said before,this game will be a pitching duel. Masahiro Tanaka is making his first career playoff start for the Yankees tonight. It is important to keep in mind that he has been hurt on and off throughout the season but Joe Girardi says that he’s completely healthy for tonight’s game. If Tanaka pitches tonight like he did in 2014 the Yankees will have a good shot at winning.
On the hill for the Astros will be Dallas Keuchel, a Cy Young favorite for the American League. He’s been nearly flawless against the Yankees, winning in his only two starts against them. Not only has Keuchel won twice against the Yankees, he has allowed no runs and only 9 hits in these two games. One thing to keep in mind about Keuchel is he’s pitching on only three days of rest; something that he is never done before.
The X factor
it is my belief that playoff experience will play a role in this winner take all bout . Even though the Yankees haven’t been to the playoffs in two years, the organization knows how to win in these types of games. The Astros on the other hand have not been to the playoffs since they won the World Series in 2005. I’m not saying that this will have a major impact on the game, but you know what they say; the playoffs is a whole new season. Having more experience in the playoffs will give the Yankees a slight edge in a game that could go to either ball club.
Was that skill or luck? I think it was both
That’s it for this post! Be sure to watch the game tonight !! Remember to fallow me on twitter @Fanaticsport_
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