Playoff baseball starts today and I realized last night that I hadn’t made my yearly predictions of who will win the World Series yet. I went back to check what I had done in earlier years and, apparently, I’ve never actually made such predictions, whoops! Six years ago I put my support behind the Milwaukee Brewers and five years ago I was cheering for the Baltimore Orioles.
I love playoff baseball! There’s so much drama and excitement, I can barely contain myself. In lieu of making predictions, which I think are boring and hopeless, I’m putting out who I’m rooting for in each round and why. I’ll also be updating these as the games are actually played to include the later rounds. If you don’t really care about baseball, maybe this will help you figure things out! Or you can keep not liking baseball and quit trying to kill my buzz, man.
This is a one-and-done game to see who advances to face Cleveland, the team with the best regular season record in the AL. The two teams qualified to play in this game by having the best records of teams that didn’t also win their respective divisions. A couple of real lucky-to-be-here losers.
Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees
No team deserves to win the World Series less than the Yankees. They’ve already won the damn thing 27 times, the next highest win total is the St. Louis Cardinals; an astounding 16 behind the Yanks at 11 World Series wins. For my money, the Yankees should never win another World Series as long as I live. The Twins are huge underdogs here, though. They put together a decent second half of the season to sneak into the playoffs as the second of two AL Wild Card teams. I’m not sure they can win the World Series but I sure would love for them to eliminate the Yankees (in the Bronx no less).
Mantra: Twinkies! Twinkies!
Just the AL Wild Card game, except in the NL, and these teams are fighting for the chance to play Los Angeles.
Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Rockies have never won the World Series. The Diamondbacks beat the Yankees to win it in 2001. While I’m automatically a fan of any team to make the Yankees suffer, I have an even softer spot for teams that have never won the World Series.
Mantra: Rockies rock!
This is the real meat of the round, even though the wild card games are—by necessity—the most intense. It includes two best-of-five series (serieses?) to see which teams advances to the AL Championship Series (ALCS).
Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros
So this is fun, the Red Sox and Astros just played 4 games against each other to end the regular season and now they get to play 3-5 more games together. The Astros have never won the World Series but I’m from Massachusetts, so my allegiances are already set. If the Astros make it to the next round, look for my rooting interests to switch over.
Mantra: Let’s go Red Sox! *Clap clap clapclapclap*
Winner of AL Wild Card game vs. Cleveland Indians
I do believe that the Indians are going to wreck either the Yankees or the Twins. I’m just here to root for that inevitability.
Mantra: Cleveland Rocks! (This could get tricky if the Rockies and Indians both advance to the World Series.)
Same as AL, but in the NL.
Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals
The Cubs just won the World Series last year. It was historic and fun. I don’t want it to happen again for another 100 years. The Nationals have never won the World Series. This pick is the easiest of them all (sorry if you’re from a certain half of Chicago).
Mantra: Wow, Bryce Harper!
Winner of NL Wild Card game vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Okay, so, like in the American League with the Indians, I think the Dodgers are going to crush whichever team ends up being their opponent. That’s not the worst thing in the world, the Dodgers are an OK team to cheer for, although… Dodger Stadium is the only place I’ve ever been heckled for wearing my Red Sox hat to a game (and notably they were not playing the Red Sox; it’s just my only baseball cap). Whatever, I hope the Rockies win if they advance to this series and if the Diamondbacks advance then I don’t care who wins. They’ve both won the World Series in my lifetime so there’s really no tiebreaker here.
And that’s it! I’ll be tweeting throughout the postseason, let’s talk.
I visited (New) Yankee Stadium for the second time on Sunday night.* Disappointingly, much like the first time I went there, I was pretty unimpressed.
I really wish this ballpark had