After the historical regular season, it’s time to head to the playoffs in the MLB. In the National League, history was made in two divisions, as both central and western top teams had the exact same amount of wins after 162 games and a tie-breaker was needed. Milwaukee Brewers prevailed over Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers took the spoils over Colorado Rockies. After the tie-breakers, the losers take on each other in the Wild Card game, while the winners head straight to the playoffs as divisional winners.
American League was a lot clearer case, dominated by Boston Red Sox, who won a franchise-high 108 games, while New York Yankees blasted a new MLB record in home-runs. Despite getting rid of plenty of baseballs, Yankees are heading to the Wild Card game to face this season’s dark horses, Oakland Athletics.
The first wild card game between the NL counterparts is played already tonight, so there’s no rest for the wicked. Accuscore is on top of things, as usual, and the supercomputer has determined the most likely scenario all the way to the World Series final. Keep checking back at Accuscore.com as the MLB post- season progresses – the brackets and probabilities will be updated after each series conclusion.
Here’s how the initial Accuscore bracket for the MLB 2018 Post-Season looks like:
Ther Rockies surprised Cubs at Wrigley field in the NL Wild Card game and are headed to NLDS to face Milwaukee Brewers. In the simulations Cubs were favorites, but their production at bat left a lot to be desired for, while Rockies didn't exactly impress either by winning the thriller only after 13 innings by the score of 2-1. As it stands, Brewers are still favored to progress, even with slightly higher probability than against the Cubs.
As is obvious from the percentages, the American League divisional championship round is a total coin-flip. Boston and Houston are the most favored teams to win the World Series by the oddsmakers, but in Accuscore simulations it is the Dodgers from the National League who are the most probable to capture the World Championship. They are likely to have a remarkably easier route to the finals compared to their AL counterparts, which might be crucial especially for the pitching crew. As the American League favorites tire each other out en route to the World Series, Clayton Kershaw & the co. snap the backs of their opponents sooner rather than later.
In the pre-playoffs simulations, Dodgers are 28% probable to win the World Series 2018, while the Red Sox hang back at 17%.
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