2021 MLB playoffs – Our predictions from the wild-card video games by way of the World Sequence

The 2021 MLB playoffs start Tuesday evening with 10 groups hoping to lift this yr’s World Sequence trophy.

The San Francisco Giants enter October with Main League Baseball’s finest report, whereas their rivals within the Nationwide League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers, have hopes of changing into baseball’s first repeat champions for the reason that New York Yankees received three straight from 1998 to 2000. In the meantime, the Tampa Bay Rays have some unfinished enterprise within the American League after falling to L.A. in final yr’s Fall Basic — and, after all, there’s that Yankees-Purple Sox AL Wild Card showdown to start out every part (eight p.m. ET on ESPN).

Who will win every spherical? And which squad would be the final standing on the finish of the postseason? We requested greater than 30 of our MLB consultants — from, TV, Stats & Info and extra — to provide us their predictions: wild-card winners, division sequence winners, league championship sequence winners and World Sequence champion.

American League Wild Card Recreation

New York Yankees 27 votes

(Tory Barron, Elizabeth Baugh, Scott Beaman, Jason Benetti, Tristan Cockcroft, Brendan DeAngelis, Bradford Doolittle, Doug Glanville, Alden Gonzalez, Paul Hembekides, Tim Kurkjian, Tim Keown, Joon Lee, Matt Marrone, Kiley McDaniel, Jacob Nitzberg, Buster Olney, Phil Orlins, Jeff Passan, Kyle Peterson, Jesse Rogers, Enrique Rojas, David Schoenfield, Matthew Stupienski, Rachel Ullrich, Matt Vasgersian, Ben Ward)

Boston Red Sox 9

(Mike Bonzagni, Gregg Colli, Joe DeMartino, Dave Flemming, Eric Karabell, Dan McCarthy, Dan Mullen, Karl Ravech, Clinton Yates)

The Yankees are the overwhelming decide right here — why did you are taking them? I just like the Yankees’ sizzling right-handed hitters — particularly Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, however you may additionally add Gleyber Torres to that listing — at Fenway Park. I like Gerrit Cole within the beginning pitcher matchup in opposition to Nathan Eovaldi, and I just like the extra outlined again of the Yankees’ bullpen. New York has additionally performed as properly on the street as at dwelling this season, each by report and run differential. — Bradford Doolittle

Nationwide League Wild Card Recreation

Los Angeles Dodgers 28

(Barron, Baugh, Beaman, Benetti, Cockcroft, Colli, DeAngelis, DeMartino, Doolittle, Flemming, Glanville, Hembekides, Karabell, Keown, Kurkjian, Marrone, McCarthy, McDaniel, Mullen, Nitzberg, Olney, Passan, Peterson, Ravech, Rojas, Ullrich, Vasgersian, Ward, Yates)

St. Louis Cardinals 7

(Bonzagni, Lee, Orlins, Rogers, Rojas, Schoenfield, Stupienski)

Nearly all of our consultants picked the Dodgers — why did you go together with the Cardinals pulling an upset? Two elements introduced me to choose the Cardinals over the Dodgers: St. Louis is the most popular staff in baseball, and I by no means believed the Dodgers have been going to repeat as champions — so if they are going to lose, why not in a single sport as a substitute of an extended sequence? — Jesse Rogers

American League Division Sequence

ALDS: Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees/Boston Purple Sox winner

Rays 31

(Baugh, Beaman, Benetti, Cockcroft, Colli, DeMartino, Doolittle, Flemming, Glanville, Gonzalez, Hembekides, Karabell, Keown, Kurkjian, Lee, Marrone, McCarthy, McDaniel, Mullen, Nitzberg, Olney, Orlins, Passan, Peterson, Ravech, Schoenfield, Stupienski, Ullrich, Vasgersian, Ward, Yates)

Yankees 4

(Barron, DeAngelis, Rogers, Rojas)

Purple Sox 1


ALDS: Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox

Astros 24

(Barron, Baugh, Beaman, DeAngelis, Doolittle, Flemming, Glanville, Gonzalez, Hembekides, Karabell, Keown, Kurkjian, Marrone, McCarthy, McDaniel, Mullen, Olney, Orlins, Passan, Ravech, Rojas, Schoenfield, Ullrich, Vasgersian)

White Sox 12

(Bonzagni, Benetti, Cockcroft, Colli, DeMartino, Lee, Nitzberg, Peterson, Rogers, Stupienski, Ward, Yates)

The Astros are the favored decide right here — why do you suppose the White Sox can advance? The White Sox boast some of the proficient groups in baseball. With Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez out for giant stretches, the staff did not have its full-strength lineup for a lot of this season. The White Sox current a formidable group of pitchers with Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito joined by shocking performers Carlos Rodon and Dylan Cease. And at last, the bullpen that includes Craig Kimbrel, Garrett Crochet and Michael Kopech is constructed for the postseason. — Joon Lee

Nationwide League Division Sequence

NLDS: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves

Brewers 25

(Beaman, Benetti, Bonzagni, Cockcroft, Colli, DeMartino, Doolittle, Glanville, Hembekides, Karabell, Keown, Kurkjian, Lee, Marrone, Mullen, Olney, Orlins, Ravech, Rogers, Rojas, Schoenfield, Vasgersian, Ullrich, Ward, Yates)

Braves 11

(Barron, Baugh, DeAngelis, Flemming, McDaniel, Orlins, Nitzberg, Passan, Ravech, Stupienski, Yates)

NLDS: San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals/Los Angeles Dodgers winner

Dodgers 19

(Barron, Baugh, Beaman, Cockcroft, Colli, DeAngelis, DeMartino, Doolittle, Gonzalez, Hembekides, Kurkjian, McDaniel, Nitzberg, Olney, Passan, Peterson, Rojas, Ward, Yates)

Giants 14

(Benetti, Bonzagni, Flemming, Glanville, Karabell, Keown, Lee, Marrone, McCarthy, Mullen, Ravech, Schoenfield, Orlins, Stupienski, Vasgersian)

Cardinals 1


San Francisco and Los Angeles have the 2 finest information in baseball — why did you are taking the Giants to beat the Dodgers? The Giants are the perfect staff in baseball. They’ve excelled by way of pitching by reaching supervisor Gabe Kapler’s targets of gaining rely leverage, having a low stroll fee and profitable strike one. However dwelling runs matter. They usually have hit essentially the most within the NL whereas giving up the fewest in all of baseball. They strike rapidly and neutralize their opponent from doing the identical. They’ve a profitable formulation, and all season lengthy it has labored in opposition to everybody. Even the Dodgers. — Doug Glanville

American League Championship Sequence

Astros 13

(Baugh, Doolittle, Flemming, Glanville, Gonzalez, Keown, Marrone, McCarthy, Mullen, Passan, Ravech, Schoenfield, Vasgersian)

Rays 13

(Beaman, Cockcroft, Colli, DeMartino, Hembekides, Karabell, Kurkjian, Lee, McDaniel, Nitzberg, Olney, Orlins, Ullrich)

White Sox 6

(Benetti, Bonzagni, Peterson, Stupienski, Ward, Yates)

Yankees 4

(Barron, DeAngelis, Rogers, Rojas)

The Astros and Rays have been cut up amongst our voters — why do you suppose Houston will win the American League? The lineup is as deadly as every other within the sport, and although their pitching employees leaves one thing to be desired, the emergence of youthful arms reminiscent of Framber Valdez, Jose Urquidy and Luis Garcia offers Astros supervisor Dusty Baker the pliability to get inventive. To not be discounted: The core of this group is battle-tested and motivated to show one thing. — Alden Gonzalez

Nationwide League Championship Sequence

Dodgers 14

(Baugh, Beaman, Colli, DeAngelis, DeMartino, Doolittle, Gonzalez, Kurkjian, McDaniel, Nitzberg, Passan, Rojas, Ward, Yates)

Giants 13

(Benetti, Bonzagni, Flemming, Glanville, Karabell, Keown, Lee, Marrone, Mullen, Orlins, Ravech, Ullrich, Vasgersian)

Brewers 6

(Cockcroft, Hembekides, McCarthy, Olney, Peterson, Schoenfield)

Braves 2

(Barron, Stupienski)

Cardinals 1


Whereas the 2 NL West groups are our picks, the Brewers weren’t too far behind. Why did you are taking Milwaukee to return out of the Nationwide League? The toughest-to-hit trio within the main leagues will carry the day. Corbin Burnes completed with a 2.43 ERA, simply seven dwelling runs in 167 innings and a .201 batting common allowed. Brandon Woodruff had a 2.56 ERA and .200 common allowed. Unheralded Freddy Peralta had a 2.81 ERA and a .165 common allowed. Burnes and Peralta averaged greater than 12 Okay’s per 9 innings, with Woodruff checking in at a meager 10.6. Good luck, opposing hitters. Pitching and protection — no staff is healthier up the center with Willy Adames, Kolten Wong and Lorenzo Cain — and simply sufficient offense is a recipe that can ship the Brewers the primary World Sequence in franchise historical past. — David Schoenfield

World Sequence

Dodgers 10

(Baugh, DeMartino, Doolittle, Gonzalez, Kurkjian, McDaniel, Nitzberg, Passan, Rojas, Ward)

Rays 9

(Beaman, Cockcroft, Colli, Hembekides, Karabell, Lee, Olney, Orlins, Ullrich)

Giants 5

(Bonzagni, Flemming, Glanville, Marrone, Mullen)

Astros 4

(Keown, McCarthy, Ravech, Vasgersian)

Yankees 3

(Barron, DeAngelis, Rogers)

White Sox 3

(Benetti, Peterson, Yates)

Brewers 1


Braves 1


A Dodgers repeat is our hottest decide. Why did you go together with Los Angeles right here? It is dangerous to wager on a staff to go all the best way that is in a wild-card sport and can be with out its most efficient place participant for a bit. That might fear me if it wasn’t the defending champ that — by a big margin — 1) allowed the fewest runs within the league and a pair of) had the perfect run differential, whereas falling one sport wanting the perfect report in all of baseball. Wager on the perfect horse, particularly when it has the perfect rotation within the sport. — Kiley McDaniel

The addition of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner on the commerce deadline would be the distinction. Scherzer joined a pitching employees that was already terrific, it completed the season with a batting common in opposition to of .207, the second-lowest in historical past to the 1968 Indians (.206). Dominant pitching wins in October. — Tim Kurkjian

And why did you decide the Rays to win their first title this October? Many individuals watching these postseason video games most likely could not even identify a single pitcher on the Rays’ roster, however let’s face it, this was a 100-win staff despite that, and it is as a result of Tampa Bay’s scheme is rock strong. Possibly in a yr wherein workloads have been such a fear for each staff, the staff to choose is the one which just about combined and matched its whole season and by no means wants to fret about such follies as “workloads.” — Tristan Cockcroft

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