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MLB 2018 Playoff Bracket Officially Set

The 2018 MLB playoff bracket is finally set, now that the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers won their tiebreaker games on Monday to take home the NL Central and NL West division crowns, respectively.

Milwaukee left Wrigley Field with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs, clinching home field advantage throughout the NL. The Dodgers won the NL West after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-2.

The Cubs and Rockies will meet in Chicago on Tuesday evening to determine the NL Wild Card winner, with the victor playing the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. The Dodgers will welcome the NL East champion Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics will visit the New York Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game. The winner will play the 108-win Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, beginning on Friday at Fenway park.

Meanwhile, the defending World Series champion Houston Astros will take on the Cleveland Indians, who won their third consecutive AL Central division title. The Astros are aiming to be the first team to successfully defend its World Series since the 2000 New York Yankees.

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The two NLDS series begin Thursday, and the ALDS will begin on Friday. The Division Series is scheduled to conclude by Oct. 11 at the latest, while the NLCS and ALCS  will begin on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, respectively. Game 1 of the World Series is slated for Oct. 23, and Game 7 (if necessary), will happen on Halloween night.

The 2018 MLB playoffs should be extra exciting this year, since the field is wide open. The Red Sox, Yankees and Astros each reached the 100-win mark, while the Brewers and Cubs won 96 and 95, respectively. The Dodgers and Indians didn't come close to 100 victories, but we know how dangerous both teams can be in the playoffs.

It's all about which team gets hot at the right time in October. Anybody can win the World Series this year, and it promises to be another great season of playoff baseball.

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