Column: MLB division playoffs offer great matchups

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Baseball playoff season has arrived.

Paul Kercher, Sports Editor

The MLB playoffs are set, with the wild card round being played on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers beating their opponents.

In the American League division series, the Houston Astros face the Chicago White Sox. In Thursday’s Game 1 of the series, both teams brought their aces to pitch, and Houston won, 6-1.  

For the National League division round, it will be the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the San Francisco Giants.

This is a rivalry that has been going on for a long time and now is finally coming to the playoffs. The Dodgers are sending Walker Buehler and the Giants are sending Logan Webb for Game 1. 

Both teams had great regular-season records, with the Dodgers having 106 wins and the Giants going on a late hot streak to finish with 107 wins.

The final two matchups for the division round are the Boston Red Sox vs. the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League and, in the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers vs. the Atlanta Braves. 

In Game 1 of the American League series on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays won 5-0. There was a lot of offense right away for the Rays and their pitching also did great, with rookie Shan McClanahan going five innings and giving up five hits and getting three strikeouts.

In Game 2 tonight, fans will see former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Shane Baez take the mound for Tampa against the Red Sox and veteran lefty Chris Sale. Both teams have a lot of offense, so this will definitely be a series to watch. 

The final matchup in the National League is the Milwaukee Brewers vs. the Atlanta Braves.

For the Braves, this year was an emotional ride, with their best player, Ronald Acuna, Jr., getting hurt at the beginning of the season. For the Braves not to have their best player and still make the playoffs is pretty impressive. 

The Braves will be sending former Pirate Charlie Morton to the mound. He is the guy who put the Braves in the playoffs with his most recent start. 

The Brewers had an up and down end to their regular season, but they have the offense to do damage in crucial moments. The Brewers will be sending Corbin Burns to the mound, who can be dominant.

This series is going to be a good one and should definitely not disappoint