On September 18, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, therefore clinching their spot in the Major League Baseball playoffs by winning the American League East pennant. The other American League teams that went to the playoffs are the Oakland Athletics, the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The National League teams that initially went to the playoffs were the Washington Nationals, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the San Francisco Giants.
Since 2013, the Major League Baseball Playoffs have had four rounds. This change is because the Houston Astros switched teams from the National League to the American League, giving both leagues an odd number of teams. Previously, the playoffs were played without the first round.
In the first round, the two wildcard teams from each league play each other in a “sudden death” match. The four wildcard teams this year were the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics in the American League and the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League. Kansas City beat Oakland to gain their first proper playoff spot since 1985 and San Francisco beat Pittsburgh to gain their first playoff spot since they won the World Series in 2012.
The second round is a best of five game series between two teams in the same league. Two teams from the same division never play each other in this round, even if one of the teams is a wildcard team. The third round is a best of seven game series between the final two teams in each league. That means this year the winner of the Orioles vs. Tigers will play the winner of the Royals vs. Angels and the winner of the Nationals vs. Giants will play the winner of the Dodgers vs. Cardinals.
The World Series is the final round of the Major League Baseball playoffs. It is a best of seven series between the final two teams.
As of deadline, things are looking very optimistic for our hometown team, and this writer hopes they continue their winning streak.