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American League Division Playoff Games
The 2017 MLB postseason has been going on for some time now, the first postseason game began on October third. The first two games of this years postseason action kicked off with the wild card games, just like the years before. The four teams who play in the wild card games have just one chance to make it into the playoffs. The Minnesota Twins faced off against the New York Yankees in the first wild card game. The Yankees won the wild card game with an 8-4 win moving on to the AL (American League) Division series.
Once the wild card games were played, the AL Division Series games could begin. In the AL Division, the Boston Red Sox faced off against the Houston Astros in a five-game series, and the New York Yankees after surviving the AL wild card game moved on to face the Cleveland Indians.
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In the first AL Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros, it came down to a winner in just four games out of the five game series. The first two games played had the same outcome, where the Astros beat the Red Sox 8-2 in both games. But when the Red Sox began to feel the heat of elimination, they came roaring back to beat the Astros in a 10-2 win for the third game against the Astros. But in the fourth and final game for the series, the Astros pulled out a 5-4 win to end the series.
The second AL Division Series, the New York Yankees faced the Cleveland Indians in a thrilling 5-game series. The Yankees after suffering 2 losses in the first two games of the series found their will to survive. In order to move on, the Yankees had to win the next three games, which they intended to do. The Yankees pulled out of the third game with a 1-0 win to survive to play the next game. With the momentum from the win, the Yankees managed to muster to more wins to win the AL Division series against the Cleveland Indians.
The final American League Series to be played is yet to be determined, the New York Yankees are playing the Houston Astros in the ALCS (American League Championship Series). So far the Astros took an early two game lead against the Yankees in the seven-game series, but as the Yankees felt the heat, much like in the ALDS, they gained momentum and have now won the last two games. The next game will be played October 18th, at 5:08 pm in New York.
National League Division Series
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The first game for the National league was the NL (National League) wild card game on October fourth. Were the Colorado Rookies playing against the Arizona Diamond backs in a thrilling game. Although the Diamondbacks reigned victorious over the Rockies with a 11-8 victory, the Rockies showed to still be a great team who should not hang their heads in this loss.
During all of the action surrounding the AL Division Series, the NL Division Series games had also began. As the Chicago Cubs played against the Washington Nationals in a five-game series. The Cubs proved to better than Bryce Harper and the rest of the Nationals team by moving on to the NLCS (National League Championship Series). Although the Nationals lost the ALDS, the showed to be a great team and proved that they were a force to be reckoned with.
The LA Dodgers also played against the Arizona Cardinals in another AL division series. This series was quick with the Dodgers beating the Cardinals in just 3 games and not allowing them to win one game in the postseason.
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The final NL series has also yet to end. As the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, the Dodgers quickly ran with a two game lead. The Dodgers won both games by 3 runs. The most recent game, played on October 17th, was also won by the Dodgers by a score of 6-1.