Batter Up

football-playball-rugby-457The MLB playoffs are coming quickly! Teams are starting to hunker down for the run into October. Here are four teams in the hunt for a playoff spot that you should be choosing to win and lose over the course of the next week.

Two Up:

New York Mets:

Since the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes and Tyler Clippard at the trade deadline, the Mets have looked like a new team. The offense has been revitalized with Cespedes’ big bat, the bullpen has solidified with Clippard’s 0.51 ERA in 18 appearances since the break, and the rotation continues to be anchored by Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The team has the weakest schedule in baseball from here on out and are a safe pick.

Toronto Blue Jays:

This offense is among the best the league has seen in years, and the addition of David Price atop the rotation has this team surging. Edwin Encarnacion seemingly can’t do anything but hit home runs and the quartet of Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and Encarnacion is among the most feared in the last decade.

Two Down:

New York Yankees:

While rookie Luis Severino has been a major bright spot, the Yankees’ lack of organizational depth, from the lineup to the rotation, has been exposed in recent weekends as the Bronx Bombers have gone on a small skid down the American League East standings.

Los Angeles Dodgers:

The Dodgers’ no-hit by Jake Arrieta was just the cherry on top of the team’s recent struggles. The absence of a healthy Yasiel Puig and the epic struggle of Joc Pederson at the plate has caused an offensive drought in Chavez Ravine, as the team tries to keep pace in the National League West to avoid a disappointing season once again in Los Angeles.

Written by: Joon Lee, Easy Streak Contributor
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