AL/NL Wild Card Predictions

AL Wild CardAL Wild Card: Astros (Dallas Keuchel) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka)

At first thought I had the Astros winning but after thinking about it I’m going with the Yankees. Keuchel is a Cy Young contender but he’s pitching on 3 days rest and I’m not sure how often he has done that if ever. Yankees get Keuchel out of the game by the 7th inning and they score on the Astros struggling bullpen. Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances shut down the Astros as the Yankees celebrate their 1st playoff game win since 2012. The Astros future is bright and will gain much needed experience.

 

NL Wild CardNL Wild Card: Cubs (Jake Arrieta) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole)

Last year the Pirates ran into Madison Bumgarner in the Wild Card game and this year they get to face the red hot Jake Arrieta. I would like to see the Pirates win but I don’t think they will. I believe they have the better roster than the Cubs but in a 1 game playoff that really doesn’t matter much. Gerrit Cole will pitch well, I just don’t think anyone can beat Arrieta right now.