The MLB playoffs have come to a close, and now the best players from each team are on the move to the big leagues.
This year’s playoff field has been shuffled so that the top four teams in each division will play for the NL Central title, with the remaining teams battling it out in the wild-card race.
Here are the storylines to watch for the series.1.
Cubs vs. Indians – The Cubs are riding a three-game winning streak into this series.
Their lead in the AL Central is a full game over the Indians, who haven’t lost in the series since 2010.
The Indians have lost five straight games and are still in contention for a wild-cards spot, but they’ll need to get some help to win this series, as well.2.
Tigers vs. Blue Jays – The Tigers have a three game lead over the Blue Jays, who also are tied with the Twins for second place in the division.
The Blue Jays are still trying to get over the hump against the Twins, but it’s going to take a lot more pitching for the Tigers to be successful.
The Twins are 4-3 against the AL West, and they have lost four straight games.
They’ll need more offense to win out.3.
Dodgers vs. Braves – The Dodgers are 3-1 against the NL West, but their bullpen is struggling, allowing four runs in four innings against the Braves.
They have only one home run allowed this season, which was scored on Saturday.
They also have five losses on the road, so they’ll be looking to get a win.4.
Rockies vs. Mariners – The Rockies have the worst record in the NL.
They’re currently sitting at .500 with three games left in the regular season.
Their offense hasn’t been quite as good, as they’ve only scored five runs in their past six games.
The Mariners have a 3-2 record against the division and have scored five times in their last six games, including a walk-off home run from Yu Darvish on Friday.5.
Nationals vs. Dodgers – The Nationals are 5-1 and have a four-game lead over Atlanta, but the Braves have won seven of their past eight.
The Braves have a six-game advantage over the Nationals, but are 3.5 games behind them in the NFC East.
The Dodgers could easily be the wild card, but I don’t think they’ll get a chance to prove me wrong, especially after Sunday’s blowout loss at home to the Giants.6.
Orioles vs. Mets – The Orioles are 3 – 0 in their two games against the Mets, with both wins coming by a total of three runs.
This is a great matchup for both teams, but if they can’t find some more offense, I think this will be one of the closer games of the series, especially since the Orioles have the better record.7.
Braves vs. Royals – The Braves are 2-1, but have lost seven of nine, and have had a .200 batting average against in their six games this season.
They still have a chance at a playoff spot, and if they have a little luck in this series they’ll have a real chance to win the division, especially if they keep this up.8.
Twins – The Twins have won their past four games against Atlanta.
They were swept by the Braves in the Wild Card game last season, but bounced back to win 10 straight games, and are now a one-game favorite to make the playoffs.9.
Pirates vs. Red Sox – The Pirates have been without their starting pitcher, Pedro Alvarez, since he was sent to the disabled list.
If he can’t come back, he’ll have to come back in his place, as the Sox are 3 1/2 games behind him.10.
Brewers – The Colorado Rockies have won six straight games against Milwaukee, but were swept in the Division Series.
They had an opportunity to win it, but fell short.
The Brewers are 2 – 1 against the Rockies and have the second-best record in baseball.11.
Marlins vs. Nationals – The Marlins are 4 – 1 with three of their last four wins coming against NL East opponents.
They won three straight and have won four straight against the Nationals.
They’ve scored at least 30 runs in each of their six playoff games, but this series will be decided by how much offense the Marlins can generate.12.
Marlins – The Mets are 6 – 2 with five of their seven wins coming from the NL East.
They are the clear favorite to win their division, as their record is better than any other team in the league.13.
Phillies vs. Rockies – The Phillies have won five straight against Colorado, and two of those victories have come