With the Wild Card games settled, we used MLB The Show 18 to simulate the results for the remainder of the 2018 MLB Playoffs.
The 2018 Major League Baseball playoffs are officially underway. With the two Wild Card play-in games settled (our Sim correctly predicted one of the games), the MLB playoff brackets are set.
The Colorado Rockies topped the Chicago Cubs in extra innings, while the New York Yankees blasted the Oakland Athletics. This sets up Divisional Series matchups between the Atlanta Braves vs L.A. Dodgers, Colorado Rockies vs Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians vs Houston Astros and, lastly, New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox.
Because our initial season Sim was so incredibly wrong – picking the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series – we’ve gone ahead and re-simmed the MLB playoffs using the teams that are actually in it.
Obviously, pitching matchups are so unpredictable in the playoffs, so I just did a standard playoff sim using the team’s top four starters. Aside from determining the starter, I had zero input on how the games unfolded. I simmed back-to-back games until one team won the required amount, and then that team moved on.
With all of that set, let’s see who MLB The Show 18 predicts to win the 2018 World Series.
NLDS: Colorado Rockies vs Milwaukee Brewers
This sim is actually being posted after the results of the first game. The Brewers also decided to go with a “bullpen” staff to pitch the first game, which is obviously hard to do with a simulation, so I picked their No. 1 starter in the game Zach Davies. The Rockies’ real-life game one starter, Antonio Senzatela, also wasn’t featured on the in-game roster, so I went with their No. 1 starter, Jon Gray.
Game 1: Brewers 5, Rockies 4
The Brewers offense got to Gray early, scoring one run in each of the first three innings. However, the Rockies tied it up in the top of the fifth with a two-RBI double by Charlie Blackmon (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R), who was then driven in by DJ LeMaheiu on a single. The Brewers responded in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot by Lorenzo Cain (3-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R). An insurance run in the bottom of the seventh gave the Brewers all they needed to hold the lead for game one.
Game 2: Brewers 3, Rockies 0
Brewers starter Chase Anderson absolutely dominated this one, tossing eight innings of shutout ball. The Brewers did just enough offensively, led by Ryan Braun who went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs.
Game 3: Brewers 4, Rockies 1
Bust out the brooms because the Brewers sweep the Rockies after another pitching gem. Jhoulys Chacin went six innings and gave up only one earned run. Meanwhile, a three-run blast by Eric Thames in the fourth was all the Brewers needed to take the series.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS WIN 3-0