Now that we’ve come to the All-Star Break and the trade deadline is nearing, we can start talking about possible playoff matchups. Although there is still time for teams to make a run, it’s much easier to decipher the contenders from the pretenders. Let’s take a look at some potential American League and National League playoff divisional matchups. Let’s get right to it so you can plan your bets against their AL Division odds and NL Division odds.
American League and National League Division Series Possible matchups
Who Will Win the National League West?
With the surprising San Francisco Giants sitting atop the NL West at the break and the Dodgers and Padres right on their tail, this will be an intriguing battle to watch. With the winner of the division moving on and not having to play in the Wild Card round, these three teams will be battling it out to win the division.
We could see a Dodgers vs. Padres matchup in the divisional round. These two teams have assembled great starting staffs, and both teams are loaded offensively. This would be a World Series-like series if these two were to meet in the divisional round.
Another intriguing matchup could be the Giants vs. the Dodgers. These two teams have a storied history. They have been rivals since their New York days. The Giants being the surprise team and the Dodgers being the heavily favored squad would make for some great storylines.
New York Mets vs Milwaukee Brewers
These two potential division winners could likely meet. While the Brewers have put together a nice ballclub, they would have to deal with Jacob deGrom and the pitching of the New York Mets. The Mets also boast a powerful lineup led by Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor.
Let’s now take a look at some potential American League matchups.
Rays or Sox?
The American League East looks like a two-team race between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa is currently sitting 1.5 games behind the Red Sox. Whoever wins this division could possibly be looking at a matchup with the other team or the wild card team from the AL West (more than likely the Oakland Athletics).
A Boston-Tampa Bay series would be a fun one. Tampa Bay squandered a huge chance last year in the World Series, and they would love to have another shot at winning a title.
If the Red Sox were to meet up with the A’s, this one would also be a good series. Neither of these teams was predicted to be a World Series contender, so this would be a series where two underdogs are duking it out.
Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros
This one would be a very fun series to see. The White Sox boast a powerful lineup that should be at or near full strength come playoff time. They have yet to have a full roster due to injuries. With the return of Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, the White Sox lineup would be complete. They’ll probably acquire a second baseman at the trade deadline, and that would make their lineup even stronger.
The White Sox also has a very good starting rotation. With Dallas Keuchel, Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodon, and Lance Lynn, the Sox could throw out a group of starters that could shut anyone down.
As for the Astros, they’re also missing some key pieces. Alex Bregman has missed a lot of time due to injury. They have one of the top offenses in the game, and they want to show everyone that they don’t need to cheat to win a title.