Counsell: Miley to start for Brewers in Game 3

Despite the presence of MVP candidate Mookie Betts among others the Red Sox are not locks to win it all

Despite the presence of MVP candidate Mookie Betts among others the Red Sox are not locks to win it all

After beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series a year ago, the 'stros hope to become the first team since the 2000 Yankees to repeat a championship title. While the Yankees offense set the regular season record with 267 home runs, Oakland will be able to shut their offense down in the AL Wild Card game. In the strike-shortened 1981 season, they played an AL Division Series that NY won 3-2. This is the Indian's third straight division title, having lost the World Series to the Chicago Cubs in 2016 and losing in the ALDS to the New York Yankees past year. The survivor goes onto Fenway Park to face the Red Sox.

The Milwaukee Brewers claimed Game 1 of their divisional series Thursday night, thanks to a Mike Moustakas walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning.

It has been 14 years since the Red Sox and Yankees last met in the post-season - in 2004, the Red Sox rallied from three games down for a stunning AL Championship Series triumph.

The Cleveland Indians cruised through the AL Central during the regular season, while the defending champions Houston Astros battled injuries to key superstars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. They lost to the Braves, who won what is still their only World Series championship since moving to Atlanta.

Prediction: Oakland 3, NY 2.

When Houston was in the NL, the Astros met Atlanta five times in the postseason between 1997 and 2005.

The Milwaukee Brewers vs the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League. The Yankees also split a pair of seven-game World Series against Milwaukee in 1957 and 1958 - but that was the Milwaukee Braves, not the Brewers.

National League Wild Card Game: Colorado Rockies vs Chicago Cubs on October 2. Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. - who wasn't born yet when that 1996 series was played - has already enjoyed a memorable Yankee Stadium moment: He hit an 11th-inning homer there to beat NY in July. This series could prove to be tough for both teams.

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