17 July 2019
Major League Baseball: The excitement builds. Photo: USA Today via Reuters
Major League Baseball: The excitement builds. Photo: USA Today via Reuters

Who will be this year’s Major League Baseball champions?

The guessing game on who will be the final contenders in this year’s Major League Baseball season is as exciting as the playoffs themselves.

For one thing, any of the five teams who made it to the American League playoffs can win the pennant and earn the right to play in the World Series championship.

Will the winning team be the Boston Red Sox, who have led from day one with over 100 wins?

Or the defending champions Houston Astros, who have shown no sign of wavering in their ambition to repeat their success?

But to do so, they have to win against the Cleveland Indians, who have an invincible starting rotation and a reinforced line-up of hitters.

Or will it be the Oakland Athletics, the team with the lowest payroll who came from behind and earned a ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2014? But first they have to neutralize the surging New York Yankees who desperately want to revive their dynasty.

The National League is even more exciting, although the winners will be determined this week.

The Chicago Cubs are leading the pack, but the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers are within four games among themselves.

The hard-hitting American League team is expected to beat the pitching-focused National League in the October contest, just like what happened in the All-Star Game.

As a loyal fan of Toronto Blue Jays, I can afford to sit back and relax in the postseason without being too involved after watching another mediocre season.

But I have high hopes for the Cleveland Indians, who stole Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, two of the brightest stars in the Canadian team’s former line-up.

I’m not very good at picking winners, but I can see an exciting postseason game this October.

Pull a chair and enjoy the games.

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