The best-of-seven, best-of-three divisional series begins in seven days
World Series favorites start fall baseball
‘It’s the Division Series!
The 2023 Major League Baseball postseason Division Series is here. The best-of-five, best-of-three series begins today (July 7). The National League and American League will battle it out for a spot in the Championship Series.
Teams with 100 or more wins in the regular season will compete in the division series. In the National League, the Atlanta Braves led the East with 104 wins (58 losses) and the Los Angeles Dodgers led the West with 100 wins (62 losses). In the American League, the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East have 101 wins (61 losses). Atlanta and the Dodgers earned the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the National League this postseason, while Baltimore clinched the No. 1 seed in the American League.
Atlanta, which won the most games in the regular season among the 30 teams in Major League Baseball this season, will host the fourth-seeded Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies finished second to Atlanta in the National League East. They earned the top wild-card spot and advanced to the Division Series with two straight wins over the Miami Marlins in the Wild Card Series.
The Western Division winners, the Dodgers, advanced to the Championship Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks from the same division. Arizona finished the postseason as the third wild card. They were seeded sixth and won two straight against the third-seeded Milwaukee Brewers. They swept the series on the road to pull off the fall upset.
The American League East champion Baltimore will face the Texas Rangers. Texas came within a game of winning the West, but lost the final game and slipped into the Wild Card Series. However, they won two straight games against the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series to advance to the Division Series. They swept Tampa Bay, who won 99 games in the regular season, on the road.
The American League West champion Houston Astros and the reigning Central Division champion Minnesota Twins will also play in the division series. Houston claimed the upset district title with a hard-fought regular-season finale win over Texas and the Seattle Mariners. Minnesota earned the No. 3 seed and a wild-card series against the sixth-seeded Toronto Blue Jays. After posting a clean two-game sweep at home, they faced Houston.온라인카지노
Obviously, Atlanta, the Dodgers, and Baltimore, who all won more than 100 games in the regular season, are the favorites on objective power. But fall baseball is a short season with many variables. We’ve seen upsets since the Wild Card Series. It remains to be seen if the 100-win teams will continue their dominance in the postseason.