Hello, my name is Ben Hoffman, and I am a sixteen-year-old junior who goes to Yorktown High School. I’ve been a proud TPGF Fellow for a couple years now and have worked 2 TPGF Annual Golf Tournament Fund Raisers in addition to doing this monthly piece for The Inside Pitch newsletter!
Last month I talked about the MLB’s current MVP rate, but now I am going to talk about the most extreme postseason rivalry series we have witnessed this year, and that is the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Going into the postseason most people were expecting the Atlanta Braves to win the World Series because of their players like Ronald Acuna Jr, Matt Olson, and Spencer Strider, but because of last year when the Phillies made it into the World Series, many people were also expecting them to make it far into the postseason like the Braves. Luckily this past week we got to see them face each other and see who is the better team and who will make it into the national league championship series.
Heading into game 1 the Phillies managed to outscore the Braves by scoring three runs over their star pitcher Spencer Strider and had no issues against the Braves, until the next game where the Braves were able to come back from a 4-0 which did not only make the fans excited but also the players, especially the braves shortstop Orlando Arcia. After their win, they celebrated in the locker, and during their celebration, Orlando Arcia started to yell “ATTA BOY HARPER” due to their game-winning double play that included Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper being part of that double play.
After game 2 was played, the series was taken into Philidelphia where all the Phillies fans and players were not happy about the things that Orlando Arcia said. In game three of the series the Phillies took control of the postseason rivalry by scoring ten runs against the Braves, not only did they win by so much but Bryce Harper went 2-4 with two home runs against the Phillies. Not only did this make Phillies fans excited but Bryce Harper stared down Arcia twice while trotting around the bases from his home runs. Once game 4 started all Phillies fans were on Arcia in which they heckled him on and off the field which helped the Phillies win the series and take the number one seed out of the playoffs.
This season's postseason has already been wild as not only did the Phillies beat the number one seed team but also the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles in a sweep against them. Shockingly this was the first sweep the Orioles have had since they called up their star catcher Adley Rutschman. Not only was this a shocking sweep in the postseason but also the Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Los Angeles Dodgers who were the number two seed and were ranked the second-best team in the league below Atlanta.
This postseason is now being controlled by the underdogs, who do you think will win this year's postseason and who do you want to win this year?
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