The Warrior Messenger

October baseball: where legends are made

Photo+via+F7B50D64-ACFC-4918-A08E-BF80650DF9A9-e1540997556591.jpeg+under+the+Creative+Commons+License+
Photo via F7B50D64-ACFC-4918-A08E-BF80650DF9A9-e1540997556591.jpeg under the Creative Commons License

Photo via F7B50D64-ACFC-4918-A08E-BF80650DF9A9-e1540997556591.jpeg under the Creative Commons License

Photo via F7B50D64-ACFC-4918-A08E-BF80650DF9A9-e1540997556591.jpeg under the Creative Commons License

Ty Kobylakiewicz, Fall Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The 2018 MLB Postseason consists of 10 teams competing to bring home the championship to their beloved organization. The postseason is a perfect representation of hustle and motivation.

Despite the fact that the Red Sox beat the Astros, Maneri thought that the Astros pitching staff “made the biggest impact on their team”. He said he thought that if they could contain the Red Sox bats, their 108 wins “would mean nothing anymore”.

“Christian Yelich. He doesn’t look like that big time player, but he’s so clutch in big time spots,” Maneri mentioned on Yelich making an impact on the Brewers and their remarkable run this year.

When questioned about which team has the most pressure on their shoulders, Maneri said, “The Red Sox obviously. They have 108 wins, which is the most in the regular season this year. Just like the ‘98 Yankees. They had 114 wins or something and all the pressure was on their shoulders. They were expected to win the World Series just as the Red Sox are to.”

Maneri said it depended on who won both of the championship series to determine who he wanted to win in the World Series. Maneri originally wanted either the Brewers or the Astros. Since Maneri is a diehard Yankees fan, he would’ve “loved” to see the Red Sox get swept by the Astros.

When questioned about how the Yankees performed this postseason, Maneri stated, “Underwhelming. The bats struggled, they could’ve capitalized with runners in scoring position and Boone. He wasn’t quick enough to pull the trigger on taking out the starters at the right time. Though Stanton struggled, they wouldn’t be there without him you know. He carried the team while Judge was hurt, but it’ll also give it to him, it was his first postseason game”.

WMS baseball coach, Mr. Malmstrom thought J.D Martinez had to make the biggest impact on his team. “He was a huge part of the Red Sox’s wins this season, but you also remember that they played as a whole unit. Makes me sad to say it, but they are an unbelievable team and had no problem against the Yankees,” Malmstrom explained.

Malmstrom thinks that the biggest sensation to watch will just be the pitchers in general. Though the Astros were eliminated, he thought Verlander was going to be fun to watch and Chris Sale. Malmstrom thought Sale was “absolutely dominant” against the Yankees. Malmstrom’s really looking forward to watching Manny Machado and the Dodgers. “The numbers he puts up are crazy,” stated Malmstrom.

Malmstrom thinks that the Red Sox will not only be the team with the most pressure on their shoulders, but also the toughest team to beat. He says they are proclaimed to be the best team in baseball and if they lose, the 108 wins mean nothing. Malmstrom “hopes they lose”.

When questioned on which team Malmstrom would like to and not like to see win the World Series, he responded with, “Dodgers or the Brewers. I honestly don’t know the last time the Brewers won the World Series. They are just so fun to watch at the plate. I want the Dodgers because I’m mad at Houston from last year and I hate the Red Sox, so what other choice do I have? ”

Malmstrom thought the Yankees could’ve capitalized on their pitching which would result in the games being closer. Malmstrom felt like the offense need to “click” and Stanton needed to do a lot better than he performed. “Boone made some bad choices by keeping in the starters too long. I would have Boone in the regular season, but I might take Girardi over Boone in the playoffs just because he has more experience,” stated Malmstrom.

7th grader Brian Cantalupo says, “Yelich. Good player, he can change the game just like that. He’s a clutch player” about Yelich’s major impact on the Brewers.

Cantalupo thought George Springer was going to be the biggest sensation to watch throughout the postseason. “He won the MVP last year in the World Series and brought a lot of intensity to the Astros throughout the postseason. He can hit a lot of home runs and steal a lot of bases too,” Cantalupo mentioned.

Cantalupo thought the team with the most pressure on their shoulders this year had to be the defending champs, the Astros. During the ALCS, Cantalupo thought the Astros were going to have a tough time hitting Price and Sale and pitching to Betts. “I think the Astros have good pitchers but the Red Sox have better. Once the good pitchers for the Astros are done, they have nobody,” stated Cantalupo.

Before both of the wild card games, Cantalupo wanted to see the Brewers make a remarkable run. Though they lost game 7 of the NLCS, Cantalupo wanted to stick with them and see them in the World Series and possibly win it. Cantalupo thought they “made things happen”. Since Cantalupo is a Yankee fan, he does not want the Red Sox to win it due to the rivalry that has been going on for years.

“They did good. They could’ve hit the ball better and been better with runners in scoring position. I feel like Didi struggled and didn’t really show up. The pitching could’ve been a lot better too,” Cantalupo responded on how the Yankees performed this postseason. Cantalupo said he would take Girardi over Boone in the playoffs. “He’s harder on them and will make you improve. Boone is too calm and too relaxed when it comes to stressful situations. He should’ve taken the pitchers out earlier,” explained Cantalupo.

8th grader, Aidan Castro thought Springer would’ve made the biggest impact on his team. Castro said Springer was a great hitter and nothing really drops in the outfield when it’s hit to him.“Altuve. He hits anything. Just the way he’s built, he’s small and can hit go get the low ones and reach for the high ones. Though he’s small he also has a ton of power,” Castro responded on who will be the biggest sensation to watch.

Castro said that the Red Sox had the most pressure on their shoulders to win the World Series. Castro thought their performance throughout the regular season was “amazing”. “They were the #1 seed in the AL. Now they have to prove they are the best team by winning the World Series,” Castro explained.

Though the Astros and Brewers were eliminated, Castro would’ve liked to see them win. Castro doesn’t even know the last time the Brewers were in the playoffs and was pretty sure they came in dead last last year. “They are back and better than ever because they made trades and changes in the offseason. Yelich has been a HUGE part to their success,” Castro responded.

“They haven’t been the same. They kind of died down since the ‘09 Yankees. They could’ve worked on being more consistent at the plate. Too many walks and they could’ve been much better with runners in scoring position,” explained Castro when questioned on how he thought the Yankees performed this postseason.

7th grader, Luke Vazquez thought Mookie Betts was going to make the biggest impact on his team. Vazquez thinks Betts is so explosive by being a great outfielder and hitting the ball “on the screws” almost every time at bat. Though the Red Sox already were crowned World Series champs, Vazquez thought Betts carried the team.

“Judge, no doubt. Everytime Judge steps up to the plate you know something big will happen even when he is in the outfield too. Everybody cheers for him and he’s just an incredible player no doubt about it,” Vazquez responded when questioned who will be the biggest sensation to watch.

Despite the fact that the Red Sox beat them, Vazquez thought the Astros had the most pressure on their shoulders. “They were the defending champions. They also had a lot of pressure since they were playing the Red Sox. Though they lost, they made it really far and were able to compete with them. They earned respect and proving that they were a good team by making it to the ALCS,” Vazquez explained.

At first, Vazquez wanted the Yankees to win it all this year. Since that didn’t work out, he went for the Brewers. Overall, Vazquez liked the young talent the Brewers had to offer. If they were matched up with the Red Sox in the World Series, he would want the Brewers to “absolutely crush them”. Though Christian Yelich was a major reason they got that far, Vazquez said he was “overhyped” and didn’t play up to his expectations. Since Vaquez is a die hard Yankees fan, he did not want the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series.

“Sanchez enough said. They could’ve been better with runners in scoring position and thy didn’t have that fire power. The bats struggle and the pitching could’ve improved. I would take Boone over Girardi in the playoffs. Girardi was too tough and Boone is relaxed. Boone led the Yankees to more wins,” Vazquez responded when questioned about the Yankees’ postseason performance.

6th grade teacher, Mrs. Gallagher said J.D. Martinez made the biggest impact on the Red Sox. “Just by coming to Boston, they proved they’re a better team than any other in the the lineup. He was the best pickup throughout the whole league,” stated Gallagher.

“Machado and Mookie Betts. If they continue to do what they keep doing what they are capable of doing, it will end in a 7 game series. It will be fun and exciting to watch and that’s what I like,” Gallagher explained on what she thought the World Series was going to consist of and who was the biggest sensation was to watch.

Gallagher thought the team(s) with the most pressure on their shoulders had to be the Yankees and Astros. Gallagher thought the Yankees because of their run last year. Everyone was expecting them to be where they were last year, even me. Since the Astros almost didn’t have any injuries and they were the defending champs, Gallagher thought they would be a tough team to beat.

“The Dodgers. I’m a Yankees fan and you never want to see the Red Sox win the World Series” stated Gallagher when questioned on who she wanted to see win and not win the 2018 World Series.

After being questioned on how the Yankees performed throughout the postseason, Gallagher responded with, “They ended their season on that. The pitching was average and they needed to work on runners in scoring position. Changing their approach and swings at the plates. They should’ve gone for more singles and balls in the gap instead of home runs. I know the Yankees aren’t known for that, but that’s the type of baseball I like. I don’t blame it on Boone. They are professional pitchers, what can you say? If they are having a tough outing, you have to let them work through it. Girardi over Boone in the playoffs. He understood the aspect of the game being a catcher. I think from an ex-catcher’s standpoint, he would know better about the pitches and the game than Boone”.

I thought Christian Yelich was going to make the biggest impact on the Brewers throughout the postseason. He has been “unbelievable” throughout the regular season and only keeps getting better from here on out.

Though the Red Sox won the World Series, “sadly”, Mookie Betts had to be the biggest sensation during the postseason. Though he struggled a bit, he came up big when it meant the most. He batted .346 in the regular season and has an “absolute cannon” in the outfield and is one of the reasons the Red Sox won the World Series.

I hate to say it, but the Boston Red Sox had the most pressure on their shoulders and were heavily favored to win the whole thing. They finished with 108 wins, the most in the league and sadly seemed to cruise past the Yankees pretty easily.

I wanted to see the Yankees win the World Series, then the Brewers. I thought Yelich was going to go all the way with the Brewers due to his impact on the team. Houston won it last year and I just wanted to see something different but that didn’t turn out. I’m a big Yankees fan an you never want to see the Red Sox win. I’m pretty sure I can speak for all Yankee fans on that.

Overall, the 2018 MLB postseason was one you shouldn’t have missed. All of the games were exciting, filled with tons of energy, and intense.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Student Life

    WMS Thanksgiving Dinner

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Student Life

    WMS students and faculty make the best out of having gym in the cafeteria

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Academia

    G&T Students see the life in sculptures

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Academia

    Mrs Liastro astonishes students with her anthropology lesson

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Clubs

    Clubs of WMS 2018-2019

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Sports

    Lady Warriors: crushing the 2018 season

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Student Life

    Assembling a new future for WMS

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Columns

    The dangers of Trick or Treating

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Student Life

    Where there’s a WARRIOR, there’s a WAY

  • October baseball: where legends are made

    Fundraisers

    Shaving Heads to Get Ahead of Pediatric Cancer

Navigate Right
The student news site of Woodbridge Middle School
October baseball: where legends are made