All four teams were playing the hot ball going into these Series. The Astros and Dodgers breezed through the Division series taking their respective series in 4 games or less. The Cubs and the Yankees had a much more challenging time with their Division opponent; with both teams went to a decisive game 5 before advancing.
ALCS: A lot can be said about this series, but in the end the Astros became the first team to win both the AL and NL pennants. The run split of the series was 22-20 in favor of the Yankees; however, it was the Astros pitching and more importantly their off-speed stuff that was the decisive factor in the end. It started out with back-to-back Astros 2-1 wins. Then when their pitching faltered the Yankees took 3 in New York. Putting up 19 of their 22 runs in those 3 games. For the fans watching the two leading AL MVP candidates going toe to toe was electric. Both played amazing Defense with Judge taking 3 Home Runs off the board and Altuve’s fielding robbed the Yankees of critical hits that would have turned the tables on more than a few occasions. It was their hitting that separated the MVP candidates in the end, when they were on their teams followed suit. On home ground where all the games were won, Altuve batted .533, with 2 HR, 4 RBI’s. On the road he was 0-10 with 3 BB, and 2 K’s. Judge’s line looked the same; at home he hit .400 with 2 HR’s, 6 RBI’s, 3 BB, and 5’Ks. At Minute Maid he batted .133 with 2 hits, 1 HR, 1 RBI, and struck out 6 times. With that the Astros moved on with a decisive game 7 win.
NLCS: The NLCS was a bit more lop sided with a run split of 28 to 8 in favor of the Dodgers. The Starting pitching was strong for both sides with Quintana being the only start that was worthy of forgetting, giving up 6 ER in only 2 innings of work in game 7. The Dodgers offense was dominating across the board, both home and on the road, they only had 2 starters hit below .300 for the series. On the Cubs side only, Contreras (.222) was above the Mendoza Line with Bryant (.200) standing on it. The Dodgers looked like they were going to take the series right from the first pitch, and did so in dominating form. The Dodgers are now going to the World Series for the 18th time and first since 1988, which is somewhat fitting since this years team firecracker, Justin Turner, hit the first Dodger playoff walk off 29 years to the day of the iconic Kirk Gibson walk off Home Run in Game 1 of that Series.