The Dodgers and Nationals played out a truly memorable series, going to game 5, with a clear standout between the two teams, namely Clayton Kershaw. The terrific ace registered 2 wins and a save, as the Nationals who deserve plenty of credit failed to come up with enough offence to answer the brilliance. The Nationals, do look as though they will be a force in the forthcoming seasons, though with plenty of talent on hand, and really only Wilson Ramos coming off the books, this season via free agency, if they cannot strike a deal. Gio Gonzalez’ team option should be picked up, due to the scarceness of quality to replace him on the pitching market this offseason.
Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants played out a 4 game series with plenty of entertainment on both sides, but ultimately, it was the sore-spot of the Giants that would see them eliminated, their bullpen. After fighting back in Game 4, to lead they saw the advantage erased, when there was a procession of pitchers trying to get the final outs. Needless to say, with Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla both free agents, that the Giants will look to add, one of the big 3 relievers available, namely Jansen, Chapman or Melancon. Further, with Angel Pagan also departing via free-agency, a power-bat would be an ideal add, as no one on the staff produced more than 20 HR, and a Cuban named Yoenis Cespedes is easily the most desired to fill the void.
Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox
In a stunning show of strength the Cleveland Indians swept the oh-so-promising Boston Red Sox, 3-0, ending the awesome career of David Ortiz. Even without, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar the Indians pitching has been tremendous this post-season, particularly from relievers, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. The Red Sox still seem to be in very good shape for the upcoming seasons, with a young core that looks as good as any, featuring Bogaerts, Bradley Jr, Betts and Benintendi, complimented by the veterans, Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and perhaps Pablo Sandoval. The bullpen may be an area of focus for them though, with Ziegler, Uehara and Tazawa all upcoming free-agents. This is pretty nice betting tip.
The grudge series, between Texas and Toronto, after the infamous bat-flip from Bautista, last post-season and the incredible brawl, that saw Odor punch Bautista, went the way of Toronto, who dominated Texas, in a sweep. Texas showed that they need more high-end rotation pitching, with Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish the only locks for the rotation next year. Other holes, may need filling too with 1B Mitch Moreland, and OF Carlos Beltran, and OF Carlos Gomez all set to test the market. It was really a surprising fall from grace for the Rangers, who had an impeccable regular season.