Four Former Woodchucks in MLB Postseason
The 2018 Major League Baseball postseason begins tomorrow, October 2nd. Three Wisconsin Woodchucks players and one former coach will be making an appearance in this year’s MLB playoffs.
The Cubs clinched a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive year and will be playing for the National League Central Division crown today. 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist (Wisconsin ’03) will make his eighth postseason appearance after a stellar year with the Cubs. He batted .308 this season with nine home runs and 58 RBI.
The Atlanta Braves clinched the National League East Division for the first time since 2013. Relief pitcher Sam Freeman (Wisconsin ’07) will join them in the playoffs after posting a 4.29 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 50.1 innings pitched this season.
The reigning World Series champion Houston Astros will once again be in the playoffs. J.D. Davis (Wisconsin ‘12) helped them get there, appearing in 42 games this season with one home run and five RBI.
Former Wisconsin Woodchucks Manager Steve Foster (1998, 2002-2003) will join the Colorado Rockies in the MLB postseason as their pitching coach for the second straight season.