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The View From Oyaron Hill

Two One-Sided Baseball Championship Series


Morgan Halperin

While the Major League Baseball Playoffs have been fairly action-packed, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and the American League Championship Series (ALCS), both of which recently concluded, were lopsided. The New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals had the upper hand against the competing Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays, respectively.

On October 17, the Cubs fell to the Mets 4-2 in game one of the NLCS. Matt Harvey, the starting pitcher for the Mets, made a stellar opening in the first game of this key series. He gave up only two runs, one of which was a run batted in (RBI) off the bat of Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro, and the other being a solo home run from Cubs’ outfielder and catcher Kyle Schwarber.

Harvey had a fairly decent run support for the night, being backed up with four runs with a highlight shot from Mets teammate Daniel Murphy. An infielder who typically plays first and second base, Murphy has been on fire for this playoff run, supporting the Mets with seven home runs, setting a record for homers in six consecutive games. The Mets pitching staff is incredible, the Cubs couldn’t turn their offense around.

The Toronto Blue Jays had it even worse. On October 16, the Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals, 5-0. Led by an amazing shut-out performance from pitcher Edinson Volquez, the Royals powered past the Blue Jays.

KC showed no sign of weakness as they scored early on in the third inning, followed by a solo shot by catcher Salvador Perez in the fourth inning, and a group of RBIs in the eighth inning. With the Blue Jays making only three hits, the fewest they’ve ever collected in a playoff game, “getting the W,” or winning the game, was not a hard task for the Royals.

If game one seemed like a shutout, try having any of the other solid pitchers in the Royals rotation take a swing at things. Pitchers Yordano Ventura, Kris Medlen, and Johnny Cueto are perfect support for backing up the solid start by Volquez. The Royals are going to dominated the series.

The beauty of baseball is that while people can make assumptions based off a single game, it is a rapidly evolving and unpredictable sport. So many games are played that making bets on anything remaining stable in a playoff series seems absolutely nuts. The Mets and Royals begin the World Series on Tuesday, October 27 in Kansas City. Good luck to all the baseball fans out there sitting on the edge of your seats. The postseason is a stressful time, but one to be celebrated!