The 2021 MLB season has reached its quarter mark. It’s time to check in on each team and decide what fans should plan for in October.
You’ve seen the power rankings and watched every game of your favorite team. You’ve rejoiced at the walk-off wins and groaned like a Gregorian Monk when the bullpen blows a three-run lead in the 9th inning. You know the season is a marathon but you can’t help to think about plans for October. We have a pretty good feel of what your October plans should be after looking at the first quarter of the season. Should you book tickets for the World Series? Or, how cheap can you book flights for a beach getaway in October? We’re here to help.
NY Mets: Started the season leading the world in postponed games. A huge winning streak recently catapulted the team to first place. Now, injuries might sink the ship for a month or more. Still looking like the team to beat despite the injuries. October purchase: Playoff tickets
Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies can also claim residency in an infirmary. Game 41 saw Bryce Harper playing on the field unable to throw the ball back to the infield. Somehow, they’re still playing at a .500 pace as they continue trying to figure out if they’re good or bad. October purchase: Florida beach getaway
Atlanta Brave: If Ronald Acuna Jr.can stay healthy, the Braves will succeed. They may have a losing record currently, but their veteran leadership and getting their pitching back on track should get them back into front-runner status in this division. October purchase: Playoff tickets
Miami Marlins: This team is still very young and really fun to watch. Jazz Chisholm Jr might be the most electric 2B to watch currently. Unfortunately, youth is letting late leads slip. Despite the losing record, they are the only team in the division to have a positive run differential. The pitching staff is the 5th best in the NL, the hitting is the 5th worst. At least there’s consistency in being 5th. October purchase: Hawaii getaway – their beaches are different than South Beach.
Washington Nationals: They may be the best hitting team in the NL, but they’re also one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NL. Pitching isn’t hurting them as they have a 4.00ERA. Lack of timely hitting is their Achilles heel. October purchase: SoCal needs to be booked now.
St. Louis Cardinals: A slower start than expected hasn’t prevented them from holding onto first place. Nolan Arenado is warming up and teams are still trying to run on Yadier Molina. Their pitching staff has tossed 6 shutouts and allows less than 4 runs a game. October purchase: Playoffs and maybe World Series
Milwaukee Brewers: The Brew Crew is playing .500 ball while being outscored by close to 20 runs in 41 games. Having the worst hitting team in the league is not helping their stellar pitching staff – headlined by strikeout record-setter Corbin Burnes. If they don’t improve hitting, they won’t catch up to the Red Birds. October Purchase: Corpus Christi is calling, answer the call.
Chicago Cubs: Their last go with Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant isn’t going bad, but it’s not going spectacularly either. Average hitting an average pitching is keeping them…well…average. October purchase: An average beach somewhere near Biloxi, MS
Cincinnati Reds: Sure they can hit (tied for best in league) but they have the next to worst ERA in the league. They prove that sometimes you just can’t outhit opponents. Bad pitching is also giving Nick Castellanos plenty of opportunities to electrify the fans. October purchase: Stay close to Cubs fans, but not too close – Mobile, AL
San Francisco Giants: Everyone likes surprises. Buster Posey and Evan Longoria are leading the offensive surprise for the next to the worst-hitting team in the league. Kevin Gausman and Anthony DeScalfini are leading the surprising charge in their pitching staff with the 4th lowest ERA in the NL. October purchase: Surprise tickets to the playoffs OR surprise trip to Key West, choose at your own risk.
San Diego Padres: A top 5 hitting team and the best ERA in the NL has the Padres right where they want to be – the driver’s seat for postseason play. They’re ahead of the Dodgers in the standings and Fernando Tatis Jr.is back from injury. The only thing they need to fall into place now is for the Giants to stop playing spoiler. October purchase: Maybe World Series tickets for 4 home games
Los Angeles Dodgers: They started really hot. Then things got really cold. Now they’re back to mostly hot. The Dodgers are the second-best hitting team and have the second-best ERA in the league. Even in medical insurance claims, they’re second – behind the Mets. October purchase: Playoffs but just 2nd round
Arizona Diamondbacks: They aren’t the worst in the West and they aren’t the worst in any statistical category. But not being the worst isn’t really that exciting when you aren’t really good either. The lone bright spot of the season was the not really a no-hitter no-hitter for Madison Bumgarner. October purchase: Myrtle Beach, SC is beautiful in the fall.
Colorado Rockies: A win over the Dodgers to start the season has been followed by the GM resigning, a really long losing streak, and questions of when John Gray and Trevor Story are traded. Ryan McMahon, Josh Fuentes and Ramiel Tapia are leading the offense to a top 5 in the league batting average while the bullpen has become near nuclear. October purchase: A long winter is forecasted, get an early start on the shores of Prince Edward Island, Canada