October baseball is the best month for baseball fans around the world. If you are someone who stops watching after your favorite team’s season ends, then you are missing out. This fall is one to remember for many different reasons.
Starting back on October 6, the first game of this postseason, the American League Wild Card Game. The Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees, 3-0. The fact that the Astros were even in the postseason was history making. The Astros had been notoriously bad the past years, including a stretch between 2011-2103 where they had three straight 100+ loss seasons. Houston ended up losing to the Royals in the American League Division Series in five games. It was a heart-breaking end as they had a comfortable 6-2 lead in the eighth, when the Royals came storming back with seven unanswered runs.
The National League Wild Card Game was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs. It was a pitchers duel between Pirates Ace, Gerritt Cole, and Chicago’s Ace and the hottest pitcher in baseball, Jake Arrieta. Arrieta and the Cubs blanked the Pirates 4-0. This is the second year in a row that Pittsburgh has lost to at home in the Wild Card Game. Chicago then went on to beat the Cardinals in four games, and clinch a playoff series at Wrigley Field for the first time in history.
The Toronto Blue Jays made history by ending the their postseason drought of 22 years, ending baseball’s longest playoff drought. Toronto went down 0-2 in the ALDS but came back to win three straight over the Texas Rangers. Game 5 of that ALDS was one to remember especially thanks to the unforgettable bat flip by Joe Baustista.
Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy was making history of his own by homering in six straight postseason games. Obviously, he earned the NLCS MVP by beating Carlos Beltran’s record of five straight postseason games with a homerun. Kyle Schwarber set a record for most homeruns in a postseason by a player 22 years old or younger.
Now the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals meet in the World Series. The Royals lost in seven games to the San Francisco Giants last year, and have already taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The last time the Royals won the World Series was 1985, and the last time the Mets won the World Series was ’86. Someone is ending the 30 year old world series drought, as history is continued to be made.