Now that the World Series chase has dwindled down to the final four teams, it’s time to take a look at how these teams made it here, as well at what they are excelling at and who is stepping up for each team.
Starting with the ALCS matchup, we have the Boston Red Sox taking on the Houston Astros.
The Red Sox took down the Yankees in the previous round 3-1 while outscoring the Yankees 27-14.
While the Red Sox offense struggled on the road, averaging only 3.5 runs per game, they are averaging 10 runs per game at home during the playoffs so far, which is the most out of all the remaining playoff teams.
Looking at their opponent, the Houston Astros, they took care of the Cleveland Indians in the previous round of the playoffs in a three-game sweep.
The Astros offense is being led by George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez, who are leading the remaining playoff teams’ players in hits with 13 combined.
They are also combining for a batting average of .481, and Springer is leading the playoffs with three home runs.
The Astros might be hard for the Red Sox to handle, seeing that these two players’ bats are working so well, and the fact that the Astros are only giving up two runs per game so far in the playoffs.
Moving to the other side of the playoff bracket, we have a matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.
L.A. took the victory in three out of four games in their division series matchup against the young Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers have averaged five runs a game so far while only giving up two runs per game.
Their ace on the mound, Clayton Kershaw, could be a matchup nightmare in these playoffs. In his lone start in the NLDS, he threw eight shutout innings, giving up only two hits.
On offense, the Dodgers have been relying on the long ball so far with Manny Machado and Max Muncy each hitting two home runs so far.
Their opponents from Milwaukee beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 in their opening round of the playoffs.
The Brewers have yet to give up over two runs in a game so far this postseason but are also only averaging four runs per game.
Expect the NLCS to be a low- scoring series, with both teams featuring strong pitching.
Game 1 is expected to feature Kershaw taking on lefty Gio Gonzalez.
The ALCS is more likely to feature a lot of fireworks and lofty numbers up on the scoreboard with both teams featuring big bats.
Their pitching staffs shouldn’t be taken lightly, though, as both teams have multiple ace pitchers. Game 1 will feature Boston’s Chris Sale against Houston’s Justin Verlander.