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The field is set! From 30 hopefuls we have narrowed the field down to 10. If you're team is lucky enough to advance, congrats! If your team is home playing golf, well.... Anyway, I thought I would post my unofficial ranking of the playoff teams, in terms of who I want to win the World Series. Because what I would like to happen is often not what I think will happen, I'll post my predictions as well.
Who I'll Be Rooting For
As a Red Sox fan, you can probably guess who is first on the list (and for that matter, you can make an educated guess at who comes in last!) Outside of my team, I usually will root for whichever team has gone the longest without a Championship. There are, of course, exceptions based on current rosters and special circumstances.
1. Boston Red Sox (AL East Champions)
|2004 Topps World Champions Boston Red Sox #NNO Boston Red Sox Jumbo|
Prediction: Lose to the Indians in the ALCS.
2. Cleveland Indians (AL Central Champions)
|1967 Laughlin World Series #45 1948 Braves vs Indians|
Prediction: Defeat the Nationals in the World Series.
3. Houston Astros (AL West Champions)
|2017 Topps #175 Houston Astros|
Prediction: Lose to the Red Sox in the ALDS.
4. Washington Nationals (AL East Champions)
|2017 Topps #564 Washington Nationals|
Prediction: Lose to the Indians in the World Series.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West Champions)
|1989 Fleer - World Series #12 Dodger Blue World Champs|
Prediction: Lose to the Nationals in the NLCS
6. Minnesota Twins (AL Wild Card)
|1988 Fleer World Series #8 Kirby Puckett|
Prediction: Lose to the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game.
7. Colorado Rockies (NL Wild Card)
|2017 Topps #583 Colorado Rockies|
Prediction: Lose to the Diamondbacks in the NL Wild Card game.
8. Arizona Diamondbacks (NL Wild Card)
|2004 Topps - World Series Highlights #WS-LG Luis Gonzalez|
Prediction: Lose to the Dodgers in the NLDS.
9. Chicago Cubs (NL Central Champions)
|20016 Topps Chicago Cubs World Series Champions Box Set #WS-14 Ben Zobrist|
Prediction: Lose to the Nationals in the NLDS.
10. New York Yankees (AL Wild Card)
|2010 Topps - History of the World Series #HWS25 Yankees|
Prediction: Lose to the Cleveland Indians (hopefully swept) in the ALDS.
So just to sum up my predictions, I think it's going to be Cleveland over Washington in the World Series. I hope the Red Sox prove me wrong!