Excitement is in the air as the smell of fresh hot dogs drifts through stadiums of the 12 potential host cities, but only eight locations will make it. With October approaching, the National League script couldn’t have been written any better, as the NL West could come down to the wire. This will only add to the enticement as the American League could see its two most famous teams play each other a total of 10 times within three weeks.
Last week, the Cleveland Indians clinched their third straight AL Central title. Jose Ramirez, who has eclipsed 30 homeruns, 30 steals, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored is considered a favorite for the AL MVP. For the rest of the Indians, Andrew Miller is off the DL and the trade deadline acquisitions of Adam Cimber and Brad Hand have bolstered the Tribe bullpen.
In the rest of the AL, the Boston Red Sox are the favorites, and the first team in all of baseball to surpass 100 wins.
One of the surprises of the season has been the surge of the Oakland A’s, who are giving the Houston Astros a run for their money and still can win the West.
Meanwhile, most of the NL is still up for grabs. The only clear frontrunner is the Atlanta Braves in the East. The Dodgers and Rockies are vying for the NL West, and the Cubs hold a slight lead over the Brewers.
Buckle up, because the ride is only just beginning as the NL West title winner could be any one of three teams.
After months of baseball, the season comes down to only a few games. Each is ever important, and one slip up could cost an entire season.