In the American League Wild Card, the Oakland Athletics played against the Tampa Bay Rays in a tense one game wins it all situation. The Tampa Bay Rays came out on top 5-1, putting them in the postseason for the first time since 2013. The National League Wild Card was much tenser with the Nationals down 3-1 when Juan Soto, only 20 years old at the time, hit a base hit while bases were loaded and cleared the bases, putting them up in the eighth inning, and winning it all. The Tampa Bay Rays played against the Houston Astros in the ALDS, where the series came down to a final moment with the series tied 2-2. The Astros came out on top, winning the game 6-1. The Minnesota Twins played the New York Yankees in the other ALDS. The Yankees swept the Twins 3-0 in a very predictable series. The NLDS between the Nationals and the Dodgers in a tense game. The Nationals came out on top, winning the series 3-2. The Nationals bullpen really carried them all the way, with Stephan Strasberg, Nationals pitcher, won the World Series MVP award. The other NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves was a pretty typical, and predictable, game with St. Louis winning the series 3-2.
The ALCS was a close series with the Astros winning the series 4-2. The Yankees have won the World Series 27 times, the most by any MLB team. The Astros came out in game 6 with Jose Altuve hitting a walk off home run and winning the ALCS MVP award. In the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals played the Washington Nationals in a four-game sweep by the Nationals. Howie Kendrick of the Nationals won the NLCS MVP award thanks to a game winning home run in game 4. Then, the World Series began. The Nationals won the first two games in Houston, putting them ahead 2-0 in the series. Once they went back to Washington, the Astros came up and won all three of those game, putting them ahead 2-3. Then, the Nationals won the last two games in Houston, winning the World Series for the first time since the Washington Senators in 1924.