Tristan Beckmann’s Ultimate MLB Playoff Preview: Predictions, Analysis, and more


New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians

A rematch from last year’s five game ALDS, the Bronx Bombers are ready to challenge for the American League crown. Cleveland is hungry for the World Series and looks to avenge the ALDS loss from 2017. Both teams seem to have gotten better since their matchup last fall, which makes this an even more exciting series to watch.

The Yankees have the absolutely loaded offensive lineup with no guys being easy outs in their order. One swing by a Yankee and the game could be changed in an instant. The Indians also have a talented lineup offensively but not quite to the extent of New York’s. Cleveland has the upper hand in terms of starting pitching rotations but I’m taking the Yankees bullpen in an easy comparison against the Indians relief corps. The Yankees didn’t struggle against the Indians during the regular season, winning five of seven games.

The Yankees won’t let themselves lose in the ALCS for a second straight year. They’ve gone way too far to lose at this point. Cleveland will challenge them, but there’s nothing that the Indians can do to stop the attack of the Bronx Bombers.

The New York Yankees defeat the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS, 4-2.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves

The National League Championship Series will be a matchup between two of the biggest surprises in baseball this season. Many didn’t think the Brewers could win the NL Central over the Cubs. Wrong. Many thought the Braves were still at least a year or two away from competing in the NL. Wrong. This might be the most exciting potential matchup in the NLCS, as both of these teams are extremely fun to watch.

Young talent will collide and Christian Yelich will attempt to carry the Brewers to a World Series appearance. He’s been nothing short of phenomenal all season. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman have been nothing short of the same of the Braves. It’s really anyone’s guess as to what plays out if these two teams collide for a best of seven game series, but I’m putting my money down on an offensive showcase.

I’ve picked the Braves as my dark horse World Series pick all season long, and I’m doing it again. I think they have just enough talent to squeak out a Game 7 win over an extremely Brewers club. Brace up, Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, 4-3.


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