We’re down to the final four.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Washington Nationals late Thursday night to advance to the NLCS to face the Chicago Cubs.
As you may have heard, the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians will meet in the ALCS.
Both the Cubs and Indians have home-field advantage. The ALCS begins Friday night on TBS and the NLCS begins Saturday night on FS1.
Who has the edge?
The Cubs were the best team in the majors all season and don’t appear to be slowing down. The Dodgers just worked overtime and relied on Clayton Kershaw to perform a herculean task to get them this far. The Cubs are deeper in every area and barring another historic flukey meltdown such as a goat exploding in the bleachers at Wrigley they should dispose of the Dodgers relatively quickly. Cubs in 5.
The Blue Jays and Indians should give us a closer fought classic. Toronto, as the Rangers learned firsthand, have turned it on at the right time. If the Jays’ offense continues to smack homers like flies at a picnic the Indians will struggle to keep up. Also, if Toronto’s starters are as tough as they were in the ALDS against the Rangers, forget about it. The Tribe has no chance. But ... if ace Corey Kluber pitches like the Cy Young candidate he was in 2016, the Indians have the bullpen arms to make up for injuries to starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. Kluber could conceivably start Games 1, 4 and 7, if necessary. Reliever Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen combined for 44 saves and a 13-6 record in the regular season. The Blue Jays are back in the ALCS after losing in six to the Royals a year ago. It’s their turn. Blue Jays in 6.
(All games on TBS)
Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday, Cleveland
Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday, Cleveland
Game 3: 7 p.m. Monday, Toronto
Game 4: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Toronto
Game 5*: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Toronto
Game 6*: 7 p.m. Oct. 21, Cleveland
Game 7*: TBD Oct. 22, Cleveland
(All games on FS1)
Game 1: 7 p.m. Saturday, Chicago
Game 2: 7 p.m. Sunday, Chicago
Game 3: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles
Game 4: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Los Angeles
Game 5*: 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Los Angeles
Game 6*: TBD Oct. 22, Chicago
Game 7*: TBD Oct. 23, Chicago
* — If necessary.