This Year’s MLB Championship Series’: A Tale of New and Old

One of my favorite times of the year in sports is finally upon us: the Major League Baseball Playoffs, and more specifically the Championship Series between the top two teams left standing in each league. The American League Series featuring relative newcomers to baseball’s biggest stage in the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays and the National League showcasing two celebrated franchises in the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs who are both looking to end championship droughts of epic proportions. With superstars miraculously willing their teams to victory night after night, more offense and stud pitching performances than one can recall from recent years past, and historical story lines dictating each series; it seems as if the rest of the country (and our friendly neighbors to the North) have been taking notice to what’s going on in the world of baseball. With all the wonder and intrigue these playoffs have caused, the simplest way to analyze this year’s Championship Series’ is to look at the AL vs the NL as match ups between the new and old respectively.

 

The official logo of the 2015 MLB Postseason

The official logo of the 2015 MLB Postseason

This year’s ALCS can be chalked up as a struggle between to postseason newcomers. Now I don’t mean newcomers in terms of playoff success, because both Kansas City and Toronto have had periods of mild success in their franchise’s brief existences comparatively to the rest of the major league. I mean newcomer rather as a term to show the breath of fresh air these teams have experienced as of late that has propelled them into the elite of baseball in such a short time. Kansas City has began to fulfill the role of “America’s Sweetheart,” over the past two years, as the team reeled of six wins in a row to start off last year’s playoffs only to be stopped short in Game 7 of the World Series by the San Francisco Giants and left to figure out where to go as a team during the offseason. Toronto has become an offensive juggernaut due to key prospects from their farm systems reaching the peak of their careers paired with an aggressive front office strategy that has brought in superstars such as slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitski. Both teams have had a season to remember with unparalleled successes, and the modern day baseball fan would be overjoyed if one of the two won it all to stand as a testament for the youth movement in today’s game. While a World Series win for either team would start a new chapter in the history of each respective franchise, there are two other teams playing in the NL who are looking to reagin the success their counterparts in the past enjoyed for years on end during some of baseball’s golden eras.

Troy Tulowitski at his unveiling press conference in Toronto after being traded to the Blue Jays

Troy Tulowitski at his unveiling press conference in Toronto after being traded to the Blue Jays

The NLCS is a more familiar matchup for fans who have been around the game for a while now, in a heavyweight fight between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs.  Both teams are facing World Series droughts of epic proportions, with the Mets not having a title since 1986 and the Cubs suffering from over a hundred years of torment with their last title coming in 1908! The Mets have a highly touted starting pitching rotation they live and die by featuring the likes of Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGromm, and Noah Syndergaard to name a few, while the Cubs have a trio of young sluggers in Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber who look to counteract those very same Mets pitchers. Throw in seasoned managers Terry Collins of the Mets and Joe Maddon of the Cubs and things are shaping up very nicely in the NL. Whichever way the series goes, the one thing that is for certain is that one of the two team’s fan bases will be one step closer to relieving all their woes and finally tasting victory once again while the other’s will be left to wonder what could have been yet again.

Manager Joe Maddon thinks he has his young Cubs team poised for a World Series run

Manager Joe Maddon (front) thinks he has his young Cubs team poised for a World Series run

This year’s MLB postseason is what sports are all about to me. The contrasts of the two leagues championship series’ will lead to entertainment and suspense for causal and passionate fans alike. Whether the new or old school track will prevail is yet to be seen, but I for one am more than excited to see how it all plays out.

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