As I’m writing this the NL Wild Card game is currently being played, so I’ll admit I’m a little late. The winner of this game will play the Dodgers in what will be a likely sweep. But how far will the Dodgers go? What about the Cardinals and Braves?
For the past couple of years it has been all Dodgers when it comes to the NL. But the Braves have been looking to dethrone the back to back National League Champions. Atlanta has taken a young lineup and combined it with a pitching rotation led by Dallas Kuechel. A combination that is set to tear apart opposing teams.
Playing the Braves is the NL Central champion St Louis Cardinals. The pitching staff is led by Jack Flaherty who is absolutely red hot heading into October and could lead the Cards past the Braves. Flaherty is set up to start game 1 and 5 with full rest, but is he enough to curb the powerful Braves offense?
Alright so the Nationals are heading to the NLDS to face the Dodgers, I expect this to be a victory for the Dodgers, but baseball is unpredictable. When to comes to DC, their young phenom Juan Soto comes to mind. The young hitter just hit a clutch go ahead single to win the Wild Card Game. But, the real story comes from the pitching staff. Max Scherzer started the Wild Card game and had a shaky start, which has been the trend with Mad Max over the past month. However, Stephen Strasburgh has been consistent all year and likely will be the Nationals go-to arm when needed.
As for the reigning champions, they have one of the best pitching staffs in the league. Combined with an MVP in their lineup, I have zero doubts the Dodgers will win the pennant.
Y’all are going to hate me but I have to go with LA. I just don’t see the Braves beating the Dodgers, and if they do that would be fantastic. But for the right now, the Dodgers are primed for another World Series choke job.