The MLB Playoffs are well underway inside of the MLB bubbles in Arlington, Texas, and San Diego, California.
Last week, four teams remained after a long and arduous season that was halted by Covid-19. The Atlanta Braves (2) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1) battled for the National League title in Arlington. The Tampa Bay Rays (1) and the Houston Astros (6) battled for the American League title in San Diego.
The National League matchup followed what many expected, as both the Dodgers (43-17) and the Braves (35-29) finished with impressive records. Both teams are led by their powerful offense, with the Dodgers finishing in first and the Braves in second for runs scored this season.
In a thrilling seven-game series, the Dodgers came out on top.
The Dodgers have won the NL East title eight years in a row, but have not won a World Series since 1988. The team has had 13 postseason runs without a championship since then.
The Braves have not won a title since 1995, their only title in franchise history. Last season, the Braves fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs.
The American League matchup, on the other hand, featured two teams that were heavily slept on both before and throughout the season. The Rays (40-20) finished the regular season with the best winning percentage in franchise history. The Astros (29-31) upset their way into a chance for their second World Series title.
In another exciting seven-game series, the Tampa Bay Rays earned a spot in the World Series.
The Rays have found themselves in an excellent position after an impressive season. The Rays have never won a World Series, even though they have been to the playoffs six times since 2008.
The Houston Astros won their first ever World Series three years ago in 2017. Many analysts doubted the odds of this deep 2020 playoff run so far, considering the team’s recent cheating scandal that occurred in 2017. However, the Astros upset both Oakland and Minnesota to find themselves in this battle with Tampa Bay.
The World Series is set to begin on Oct. 20 in Arlington, Texas. It will be a best-of-seven series between the NL and AL champions.