By now we know who’s left standing after baseball’s regular season. Ten teams still have a chance at a World Series title. Here’s a short congratulatory post for them.
So the Pirates and the Cubs square off to see who gets to play St. Louis. One of the better baseball stories of the last several years is the resurgence of Pittsburgh. And for Chicago, who hasn’t been even sporadically decent over the 15 years of this century we have a chance to see if they can carry through. Either winner gets the only 100 game winner in the league, the Cardinals. St. Louis reminds me a lot of the 1995-2005 Yankees (although New York won it all a lot more frequently). There just aren’t a lot of stars on this team. But it’s a quality team whose parts mesh well together to create a formidable combination.
Then my Dodgers get to play Bill Miller’s Mets (one of us gets bragging rights, Bill) with home field. We’ll see just how important a late season acquisition (Cespedes) was. We’ll also see just how far two pitchers can take a team. As it’s not the Cards, Kershaw actually has a decent chance of winning his game. And BTW unless you’re a diehard Mets fan like Bill, don’t tell me you had the Mets when the season started.
It turns out Kansas City wasn’t a fluke. They’ll host one set of games while Toronto gets the other. I can’t imagine the Royals creating quite the same excitement as they did last season, but, as with the Pirates, it’s good to see a team revive after years in the dumps. You know, you could make an argument for Troy Tulowitski as the AL MVP based on how much he helped Toronto over the hump (kinda like Cespedes in New York). I wouldn’t; but I won’t be surprised if someone does. I certainly didn’t have either Texas or New York when the season began. Both were surprises (especially the Rangers). And nobody had the Astros, the surprise team of the year.
So good luck to all of them, especially my Dodgers. I hope they win, but even if they don’t I want to see an exciting, well-played postseason.
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