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(originally written 1/4/19)
Media And Humor
(originally written October 2020)
Wild Card Round Matchups: TOR/TB CHW/OAK HOU/MIN NYY/CLE MIL/LAD CIN/ATL MIA/CHC STL/SD
Division Series Matchups: NYY/TB HOU/OAK SD/LAD MIA/ATL
Championship Series Matchups: HOU/TB ATL/LAD
World Series Matchup: TB/LAD
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Remember two years ago when, two batters into the ALWC against Oakland, the Yankees grabbed a two-run lead thanks to an Aaron Judge bomb? History repeated itself against Indians SP Shane Bieber in the 2020 ALWC Series.
Cleveland went up 9-8 in the 8th and summoned CL Brad Hand—perfect in 16 regular-season save ops—for the 9th. But due in part to his own fielding mistake (scored a hit), New York pushed across two runs in the 9th. They'd hold on for a WILD 10-9 victory that took a record 4:50...even without the delays!
Behind some mighty starting pitching, the #4 seed Indians withstood their manager's lengthy illness and significant internal issues to return to the postseason in 2020. The #5 seed Yankees seem to knock the Indians out of the playoffs every other year, and with $324M ace Gerrit Cole on board, surely expected to do so in 2020. Who would triumph in this Wild Card Series?