Postseason Mania


 October is one of the most exciting and stressful times during baseball season. The postseason rolls around and all the teams in it are fighting for their lives to win the glorious title of World Series Champions. This 2022 postseason has been nothing short of spectacular. 

The most surprising team so far has been the Philadelphia Phillies who have overcome a mountain and sent themselves to the World Series. They will face off against a juggernaut 106-win Houston Astros. You would expect a team like the 111-win Dodgers or the 101-win Atlanta Braves to be the National League pennant champs. But no, the Phillies shocked the world with their incredible talents to make the World Series. Something interesting about the Phillies is they finished third in the National League East with only 87 wins. They were placed behind two really good teams in the New York Mets and the team they surprised in the National League Division Series, the Atlanta Braves. They then cruised past the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series (NLCS), beating them in a five-game series. Their star player and NLCS MVP Bryce Harper led the charge with two home runs, five RBIs, and a .400 average. On the other hand, the Houston Astros have absolutely torn apart opposing teams. Currently, this postseason they have not lost a single game! They trampled over a really good New York Yankees, sweeping them in only four games in the American League Championship Series. The Astros have never lost a series against the Yankees in the playoffs. This continues the Yankees losing drought against the Astros. Unlike the Phillies, the Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena won ALCS MVP. He played a big part in the Astros success by hitting two homers, six hits, and a 1.176 OPS. 

The first game of this exciting World Series will take place on Oct. 28, 2022, in Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. An interesting fact about the Houston Astros is the last two times they made the World Series they lost against two National League East teams who had under 90 wins that regular season. Does this foreshadow the Astros failing again to another team like this or will they prevail and win it all? All we know is this will be a blast of a series to watch.