The pitching has been fantastic, there’s been clutch hitting galore and almost all the games have been exciting from start to finish.
But contrary to many of the MLB lines postseasons in recent years this year’s MLB playoff action has been as wildly unpredictable as it has been entertaining. And best of all it’s the outsider, the newcomers and the non-traditional teams that are upsetting the apple cart and adding some spice to the playoff action.
Heading into this year’s MLB postseason action it looked as if it was going to be business as usual with the traditional powerhouses like the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies the front runners to meet up in the World Series again and one of those two baseball stalwarts winning yet another World Series title.
But it hasn’t played out that way.
Instead, teams like the Texas Rangers, which had never even won a playoff series in the MLB lines action have gone on a tear and dominated foes on the mound and at the plate and currently look like the best team in baseball as they’ve gone up 3-1 on the New York Yankees in the ALCS.
In the NL, an upstart underdog has likewise stolen the thunder of the prohibitive MLB odds favorite. The Philadelphia Phillies entered the playoffs with the best record in baseball (97-65) and as hot as any team on the planet. They currently find themselves in a 2-1 hole to the scrappy San Francisco Giants heading into Game 4 of the NLCS
Pitching has dominated this series as the Phillies starter Roy Oswalt pitched a 6-1 gem in Game 2, followed by a 3-0 shutout victory by the Giants Matt Cain in Game 3. And with Cy Young Award winners Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay due to pitch again in the next few days you can be sure there will be plenty more domination on the mound.
And there’s been plenty of unlikely heroes at the plate as well with little Cody Ross of the Giants leading the MLB odds playoff action with 3 HRs, 7 RBIs in 7 games and a handful of big hits.
So as the LCS wind down, continue to expect the unexpected as it just might be a time for a changing of the guard in the MLB baseball.