With the postseason around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the World Series. In the American League, many people think it will come down to the Yankees and Astros. There are 2 teams that could derail that potential classic American League Championship series. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to head to the World Series. While the Dodgers are the favorites, there are some teams that could challenge them and even upset them. Below are 3 National League teams that could reach the World Series besides the Dodgers.
New York Mets
New York had a very impressive series against the Braves in Atlanta over a week ago. They faced the Braves again in New York and the Braves have easily handled this Mets team. In two games, Atlanta have outscored new York 18-1. The Braves head into tonight’s game 3.5 games behind the Mets for first place. Despite that, New York has the ability to put together a month of great baseball. In the postseason, pitching is something that could take you as far as the World Series. The Mets have a great rotation and could get hot once the playoffs start.
The reigning World Series champions have one of the youngest rosters in the league. The young guys on this squad contribute in a major way. Ronald Acuna Jr. is one of the best all-around players in the league. Austin Riley is one of the leading candidate for league MVP. Michael Harris II will be an interesting factor in the postseason. Harris is one of the young stars of the future of Atlanta. They rewarded him with a nice contract extension yesterday. The additions of Robbie Grossman, Raisel Iglesias, and Jake Odorizzi help smooth out their roster.
San Diego Padres
San Diego came into the season as one of the teams to look out for. Adding Juan Soto could have been the icing on the cake for the Padres. Unfortunately for San Diego, Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended for 80 games for PEDs. The Padres also acquired Josh Bell and Josh Hader during the trade deadline. San Diego has good pitching, but is it good enough to make a World series run without Tatis Jr.?