The Run Up To The World Series
This year’s Baseball World Series will be the 113th edition of the world championships event and will continue on the premise of a best of seven playoff between the National League champion and the American League champion. This year has seen many key developments in the run up to the World Series, the most notable ranging from The Dodgers having gone through ecstatic highs as well as dismal lows in order to secure a berth in the early playoffs to the Indians managing to chain together no less than 22 consecutive wins – effectively the longest winning streak in all of 100 years.
Hot on the heels of the playoff-bound clubs are the Yankees as well as the defending world champions Chicago Cubs.
The last day of this year’s regular season will be October 1st, with the playoffs set to get underway on October 3rd. The World Series will officially commence on October 24th and will consist of the traditional seven game series culminating in the crowning of the 2017 World Champion.
Playing It Wild
1994 saw the first of the inclusion of two wild-card teams from each league in the playoffs. Whoever finishes atop the wild card standings of the American League and the National League respectively, will have the opportunity to play against one another in order to make their way to the Division Series.
A wild-card team has gone on to win the World Series six times since the inclusion of the wild card system back in 1994. The Marlins are the only team to have done so twice.
Talk Of The Town – That Winning Streak
August 23 saw a winning streak racing into motion – one that only drew to a halt on September 15, when the Indians eventually fell to the Royals. The 22-game run by Cleveland is officially the longest winning streak since 1916 (one year short of 100 years) – having surpassed the 21 in a row managed by the Cubs in 1935. The 1916 Giants currently still hold the record for the longest winning streak of all times – a cool 26 in a row run.
Indians And Dodgers – Meet The Extremes
The Indians and the Dodgers are both making history – for quite the opposite reasons. 2017 certainly is a first as far as contenders playing simultaneous extremes go. Yet, history has taught us more than just a few things about the unexpected turn of the tide. Indians fans would do well to stay rooted and by the same token, the Dodgers are not to lose heart just yet.
October is after all, a whole new game.
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