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  • Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThe two wild-card games are in the books Jose Abreu Jersey , leaving eight teams in the hunt for the 2018 World Series title.After the Colorado Rockies bested the Chicago Cubs by 2-1 score in a thrilling 13-inning affair Tuesday, the New York Yankees' high-powered offense came out on top Wednesday with a 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.Focus now shifts to the Division Series, where the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves are all waiting to begin their respective playoff runs.The full playoff bracket can be found here. Division Series MatchupsALDSGerrit ColeGreg Fiume/Getty Images(1) Boston Red Sox vs. (WC) New York Yankees(2) Houston Astros vs. (3) Cleveland IndiansSurviving the AL Wild Card Game means the Yankees are headed to Boston to take on the rival Red Sox, who finished the regular season with a franchise-record 108 wins.The Red Sox won the season series by a 10-9 margin, but the Yankees took two of three during both of their meetings in September.There promises to be plenty of offense in this matchup.Boston led the majors in runs scored (876), batting average (.268) and OPS (.792), while New York slugged an MLB-record 267 home runs and finished second in runs scored (851).Meanwhile, pitching will be the big story in the other ALDS matchup.That's not to say the Astros (797 runs, sixth in MLB) and Indians (818, third in MLB) don't both have high-powered offenses, but it's their arms that will likely determine their matchup.Houston led the majors in team ERA (3.11), WHIP (1.10), strikeouts (1,687) and opponents' batting average (.217), while Cleveland was the first team in baseball history to have four pitchers record 200 strikeouts in the same season.It will be the Astros' Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton squaring off against the Indians' Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco Melky Cabrera Jersey , Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer.The first team to get to the other one's bullpen should come out on top. NLDSChristian YelichDylan Buell/Getty Images(1) Milwaukee Brewers vs. (WC) Colorado Rockies(2) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. (3) Atlanta BravesThe Brewers and Rockies were both forced to play a Game 163 after finishing the regular season tied for their respective division leads, so both clubs have already had a taste of the postseason atmosphere. The Rockies also played in the NL Wild Card Game.Both teams finished the regular season strong.The Brewers went 19-7 with a plus-67 run differential in September to erase a four-game deficit in the NL Central standings, while the Rockies were 19-9 with a plus-59 run differential to overtake both the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.Milwaukee won the season series 5-2, which included taking three of four at Coors Field, but the teams haven't met since early August.Christian Yelich (MIL) and David Dahl (COL) might be the two hottest hitters on the planet, so keeping them from doing further damage will be key for the pitching staffs.In the other NL matchup, a Dodgers team that has won six straight division titles will square off against a Braves team that only recently emerged from a full-scale rebuild and hasn't been to the playoffs since 2013.L.A.'s rotation is finally all healthy at once, and the starting staff of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill might be the deepest of any of the Dodgers' recent postseason squads.Buehler could be the real X-factor, as he's pitched like a legitimate ace of late. The 24-year-old rookie posted a 1.95 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 32.1 innings over five September starts. Then he tossed 6.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the tiebreaker against the Rockies.As for the Braves, the emergence of Mike Foltynewicz, steady production of Anibal Sanchez and impact addition of Kevin Gausman give them a formidable staff of their own.Experience looks like a major factor here, but Atlanta has been surprising people all season after losing 90 games a year ago. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted. Scott Schebler finds himself in an altogether different kind of crowded outfield in 2019"Fast FactsOutfielder 28 years oldNative of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; is the only player to make the Major Leagues from Cedar Rapids Prairie High School.If you imagined “major league baseball player from Iowa” in your head and, without knowing who Scott Schebler is, the image you’d conjure in your mind would indeed be Scott Schebler.Has the very unique nickname of “Sheb”.Organizational HistoryDrafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 26th round of the 2010 amateur draft.Made MLB debut on June 5, 2015.Traded by the Dodgers, with Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon, to the Reds in a deal that also involved Todd Frazier and the Chicago White Sox.Career StatsStandard Batting Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards20152016201720184 Yrs162 Game Avg.CIN (3 yrs)LAD (1 yr) Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 3/4/2019.Scouting ReportSource: FanGraphsBrooks BaseballBaseball Savant via MLB StatcastKen Gif-y Jr.tHaTs nOt ScOtT sChEbLeR aS a ReDProjectionsFangraphsOutlookIn a lot of ways, everything Wick wrote about Scott Schebler in this space last year still stands: if we ever saw a fully healthy Scott Schebler Jeff Keppinger Jersey , just how much could he truly bash? We couldn’t answer that question a year ago, and we still can’t now.After trying to gut through the pain for much of the summer in 2017 before hitting the disabled list, Schebler did nothing of the sort in 2018... he just got hurt more and worse. After getting plunked by a Sean Doolittle offering at the beginning of April, Schebler missed 10 games with an elbow injury. That didn’t seem to have him any worse for wear; he came back on April 20 and bashed his way to a .900 OPS through the month of April. In fact, from April 21 through July 13, Schebler slashed .279/.353/.466 playing mostly everyday in right field and while he was behind his 30 dinger pace from 2017, the rest of his game was right on track.On July 14th, however, just the second to last game before the All Star break, Schebler went running head and shoulder first into the right field wall at Busch Stadium. He would hit the disabled list again, this time with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He wouldn’t play again until August 25, and was obviously not right for the remainder of the season. He would hit only .202/.305/.368 the rest of the way (131 PA, 5 HR).He would end up with 100 less plate appearances in 2018 than 2017, but in a lot of way, he did more with his opportunities. His OPS+ was higher in 2018 than in 2017, and his bWAR was nearly identical (1.2 to 1.1). It was, in a lot of cases, a better Scott Schebler, but he also was still hurt. And again.That’s not to say he’s necessarily “injury prone,” should you believe in such a thing. The freak HBP thing is just that, a freak thing. He is certainly a bet reckless in the field. His 2017 shoulder injury came while diving for a fly ball that ended with him rolling up his shoulder; the 2018 injury was a hard crash into the wall after a play well made (though you could certainly argue it shouldn’t have been as hard). These aren’t traits that you criticize a player for. It just so happens that when you’re six foot, 230 pounds http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , and you crash into or fall onto things at high rates of speed... your body tends to hurt.The difference for Schebler this year, though, is that the Reds outfield is more crowded and in a better way to begin 2019. The Reds outfield was “crowded” in 2018, but a very sound argument could’ve been made that Schebler’s bat was the best in the crowd to start that season, and that’s even before the hindsight of Adam Duvall’s season. Jesse Winker was starting his first full Big League season and, well, Billy Hamilton is and was Billy Hamilton.This season, Schebler could very well be the odd man out of big playing time in 2019. Jesse Winker returns for his second season with a surgically repaired shoulder that’s apparently been bothering him for a while, and all he did in 2018 was OBP .400-plus. Out are Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall and, in their stead, are fellow former Dodgers Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp. The latter probably shouldn’t sniff an outfield at this point but can still swing a bat, the former is basically the guy we want Scott Schebler to turn into.And I didn’t even mention Nick Senzel.Finding time for all of these players is a good problem for the Reds to have, but it’s not such a great thing for Scott Schebler. He’s shown that when given the opportunity and healthy, he can be a good player. But, with another unhealthy season placed in 2018, he wasn’t able to cement a spot in right field. They’ll ask him to play some center this season with or without Nick Senzel on the team, which will get his bat into the lineup. But with more competition for plate appearances, Schebler will need to make the most of them.