We know that the Yankees will play either the Indians or Angels in the ALDS this year. And, it’s starting to look more and more likely that the Yankees will be the A.L. Wildcard this season in October.
Right now, both the Indians and Angels have a magic number of one – which means they’re just about done in terms of worrying about winning games. And, they both have 91 wins to date on the season.
The Indians play Oakland on Sunday. Then they go to Seattle for 4 games, including a double-header, and then off to K.C. (for 3) to close the season.
The Angels play Seattle on Sunday. Then they go to Texas for 3 games and then off to Oakland (for 3) to close the season.
I’m going to say that both the Indians and Angles win on Sunday to clinch. And, I’m going to say that they’re both going to lose 2 of 3 in their final series of the season.
That’s a push – which means it will come down to the Indians at Seattle for four and the Angels at Texas for three to determine which team wins more games this season – and faces the Wildcard from the East.
I predict that the Indians will split that double-header in Seattle and split the other two games with the M’s.
All of this means that I predict the Indians to go 4-4 in their last 8 games.
I can see the Angels being flat for Texas and only taking 1 of three from the Rangers. This means that I predict the Angels to go 3-4 in their last 7 games.
In the end, with these predictions, the Indians will finish the season with one more win than the Angels – and Cleveland will face New York in the ALDS.