MLB playoffs begin with Yankees-Red Sox clash

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News



The MLB playoffs took shape after the conclusion of the regular season on Sunday.

Baseball fans will see one of the most storied rivalries in sports history in the wildcard round. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will meet in the one-game AL Wild Card playoff thanks to 9th inning heroics for both teams.

Aaron Judge was responsible for the only run of the game, when he hit an RBI single in the ninth to beat the Tampa Bay Rays and send the Yankees to the postseason. In Boston, Rafael Devers hit a two run home run in the 9th to break a tie with the Nationals and punch Boston’s playoff ticket.

The two teams will add another chapter to their long-standing rivalry when they meet again on Tuesday in a winner-take-all matchup at legendary Fenway Park in Boston. The winner will take on another AL east rival, the division-winning Tampa Bay Rays, in the divisional round. The other two division winners, the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox, will compete in a best-of-5 series on the other side of the ALDS bracket.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet Wednesday in the NL Wild Card Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dodgers finished with the second best record in Major League Baseball, but they suffered the misfortune of sharing a division with the powerful San Francisco Giants, forcing them into a one-game playoff against the resurrected Cardinals. The winner of that game will take on the Giants in the divisional round. The other NL divisional round series pits the Atlanta Braves against the Milwaukee Brewers.