The Cubs' 1st NLDS Game Will Be At 8:15 CT

But even if that is the case, Major League Baseball must address the policy before the start of next season, and ideally before the playoffs begin.

The words ring out like an alarm bell.

I do not have a problem with teams celebrating the fact that they made the playoffs but to have a televised party with beer and champagne flying everywhere and players wear swimming goggles to protect their eyes. Now comes the playoffs, where he has hit some of the most memorable home runs in baseball history. Watch several games this year and you'll have a ideal understanding of just how flawless it is. It's Vin Scully's last year in L.A. and Papi's last year in Boston. Possible, but if their teams do not make it to the World Series after that, the decision would be questioned for years. Perhaps, even win it for the first time in 108 years.

Game 2 will start at 7:08 p.m. Saturday. It tells a story of fans who have evolved with the game. Had they just been able to win one more game, none of this would have happened.

This is hardly a hot take, but it is nonetheless accurate: The Cubs are the best baseball team. If the team doesn't make it, there is a contingency, with the committed World Series budget reallocated to other programs.

Donaldson and the Blue Jays will square off with visiting Baltimore on Tuesday in a Wild Card battle.

The NL Wild Card isn't about to be outdone.

The Mets could clinch the wild card, take the National League title and win a second World Series. Noah Syndergaard of the Mets vs. Madison Bumgarner of the Giants. That has nothing to do with baseball, but it's freaking awesome.

Stark expounded on that idea: "When we try to break down which clubs profile best to survive the four-week October marathon, isn't that what we look for - a team so dominant that even the best teams in the sport can't stop it from doing what it does best?" This won't be a high-scoring game, but it will be a pitching clinics - and it will be awesome. Texas finished one game ahead of Cleveland with the AL's best record, and Boston was just one win shy of Cleveland. The Rangers are full of talent all over the field, and even added more at the trade deadline. It's a young team that plays with exciting energy, and probably the most intimidating roster in the field of ten. Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish hold down the rotation while the lineup features new additions like Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltre on top of Adrian Beltre, Joey Gallo and others. Many blamed the fan when the Cubs' left-fielder missed the ball on the play, which would have been the second out of the inning.

The Mets are not getting past the Cubs in the postseason, no one in the National League is (spoiler?). That includes Kyle Hendricks who has a 1.99 ERA. It's safe to foresee first baseman Anthony Rizzo (.292-32-109) and third baseman Kris Bryant (.292-39-102) in the NL's MVP conversation. All Cards fans remember what the Boston Red Sox have done to our team in 2004 and 2013, and that is embarrass them, in two World Series appearances.

Series probabilities shown in the first bracket were generated using a cumulative binomial distribution, using the single-game probability computed as described above. The Dodgers will host Washington beginning Friday in the National League Division Series. I googled World Series ticket prices for the Chicago Cubs, and was blown away when I learned that tickets would be $3,000! The Red Sox? Also, a good baseball team. The Championship Series will then begin on October 14, leading up to the World Series, which will kick off on October 25 and could last until November 2. Among the teams still standing with World Series aspirations, there are a few with key rookies that could play a major role. The tension. The excitement.

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