The suspense of being down 1 run, with a full count bottom of the 9th, is what America’s favorite past time is all about. This year, like every year, is full of suspense and baseball fans cannot wait to see who ends up playing for the World Series Pennant. However, like every year, fans look to stats on paper to determine the odds of teams making it to the finals. But as history shows, once the playoffs start, it’s a whole new ball game…It’s all about Teamwork! David Meltzer
With many organizations surprising the baseball world this season, the playoff picture looks like this:
We have the “Cinderella” AL East winners Toronto Blue Jays. Winners of back-to-back World Series’ in 1992 and 1993 comprising of MLB Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, and All-Stars Joe Carter, John Olerud, and Devon White, however the Jays have failed to reach to post-season since. Could this be their year?
Then there’s last year’s “Cinderella” team, the KC Royals. The Royals are hot off winning their first division title since 1985, not to mention the same year they also won the World Series. Do they have what it takes to experience 1985 over again?
Led by the elite-pitching duo of Kershaw and Greinke, in addition to their new secret weapon Corey Seager, along with veterans Andre Eithier and Yasiel Puig, can the boys in blue finally prevail and snap their World Series drought?
Opposing the Dodgers we have the New York Mets. The Mets haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2006. Will they succeed the Yankees as “New York’s” team?
Who can forget the team who hasn’t won the World Series in 107 years, the Chicago Cubs. Historic Wrigley field will be erupting this post-season,but will it be enough to push the Cubs to the end?
Then of course, a team you can never count out, the always-dangerous St. Louis Cardinals. With 11 World Series titles, 23 NL Pennants, 10 Division titles, and 28 playoff appearances over 100 years of experience, the Card’s feel right at home during the playoffs. David Meltzer
Rounding up the bracket we have the Texas Rangers and a team that lost over 100 games just two years ago, the Houston Astros.
What is the common denominator here? TEAMWORK
Once the post-season begins players and managers must switch to survival mode. The last 162 games mean nothing. Although the season may have better equipped players and managers with the chemistry needed to get to the playoffs, heart, dedication and teamwork is now required to reach the end and lift the trophy above. This is the time of year where veteran post-season players help the rookies; managers guide the whole squad, and you let the game take its course.
Like in every sport, playoffs are unpredictable, and like every sport, there’s only one sure thing that will guide a team to the end, TEAMWORK.
By: David Meltzer