Breakdown of the MLB playoffs


Bella Lee, Staff writer

The NHL and NBA seasons have both started up again over the past couple of weeks and the NFL is now seven weeks in, but an exciting event currently taking place are the MLB playoffs.

The MLB playoffs began with four wild card games. There was the Tampa Bay Rays versus the Cleveland Guardians, the Seattle Mariners against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Philadelphia Phillies playing the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Padres fighting the New York Mets.

In the next round, the victorious Guardians faced the New York Yankees. The Mariners, who overcame an 8-1 deficit to defeat the Blue Jays in the final game to advance to the next round, played against the Houston Astros.

The Phillies fought the Atlanta Braves who were last year’s World Series champions. The Padres went up against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, the MLB has their Final Four, with the Yankees against the Astros and the Phillies versus the Padres. Whoever wins these series will play one another in the highly anticipated World Series, on Friday, Oct. 28. This MLB season has been pretty crazy, to say the least.

The Dodgers had the best record in the entire league, ending at 111-51, yet they fell to the Padres in four games in a best-of-five series. The Braves, who finished the season at 101-61 and were the favorites to repeat a World Series victory, lost their chance to the Phillies in four games in a best-of-five series also.

There was hope for the Guardians to make it far in the playoffs —not having seen a World Series appearance since 2016 nor a World Series victory since 1948 —yet they lost to the Yankees after five games in the AL Division Series, allowing the Yankees to advance to the AL Championship Series.

The Yankees and the Astros have made the MLB playoffs a lot in recent years, with the Yankees last winning the series in 2009 and last being in the playoffs in 2020, and the Astros last winning in 2017.

On the other hand, the Phillies have not been in the playoffs since 2011 and have not won the World Series since 2008. Meanwhile the Padres have not appeared in a World Series since 1998 and have never won. Although baseball will soon be ending, we at least still have hockey, basketball and football to keep enjoying for the next several months!