Today I'll break down the teams and players I'll be rooting for... and the only team I'll be rooting against this postseason. Let's start off with my favorites...
#1: Washington Nationals
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Kurt Suzuki is my boy. And guys like Scherzer, Soto, and Rendon are fun to root for as well. Plus there are only two teams in this year's playoffs who are still looking to bring a World Series Championship home to their fans. I'm not sure I like their chances with the Dodgers standing in their way, but I've never been shy about cheering for an underdog. Go Nats!
#2: Houston Astros
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My second favorite player in the 2019 MLB Postseason is Jose Altuve, which puts the Astros ahead of teams like the Braves and Rays. Plus with their talented lineup and solid rotation, I feel confident they'll give the Evil Empire a run for their money should the meet in the ALCS.
#3: Atlanta Braves
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If I were to break these rankings down into tiers, this would be the last of my top tier teams. Ever since the 90's when I'd watch them on TBS, I've had a soft spot for the Braves.
With each passing year, I've grown to admire and respect Freddie Freeman. And even though he's been caught watching the ball fly off his bat twice, instead of hustling on the base paths... I still look forward to watching Acuna step into the batter's box.
The next four teams are my mid-tier teams. I won't necessarily root for them unless they're playing the New York Yankees.
#4: Tampa Bay Rays
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As much as I admire small market teams like the Rays... they're still the team that eliminated the A's a few days ago. Right now I'm pulling for the Astros. However, I'd cheer for them if they end up facing the Yankees in the next round.
Favorite Ray: Blake Snell
#5: Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Dodgers are stacked and scary. This summer I took a trip down to Southern California and had the opportunity to see just how impressive this lineup and starting rotation is. I realize there are many Southern Californians who don't want to be associated with Northern Californians, but the feelings aren't mutual (at least with me). I have no problem cheering for the Dodgers, since they're the lone team representing the state I've lived my entire life in.
Favorite Dodger: Clayton Kershaw
#6: St. Louis Cardinals
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Favorite Cardinal: Yadier Molina
#7: Minnesota Twins
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I'm not a big Twins fan. It seems like they always got the best of the A's whenever I watched them play back in the 80's. And after Mauer retired at the end of last season, I haven't paid much attention to them. I think I can name five, or maybe six guys on their roster... but I'd be lying if I said I took the time to check their statistics.
I'm rooting for them right now to take down the Yankees. After that, I don't really see any other scenario where I'd be pulling for them.
#8: New York Yankees
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Sure I don't mind supporting some of their players like Masahiro Tanaka, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andujar (when he's healthy)... but I honestly can't picture any scenario where I'll ever root for the New York Yankees in the postseason.
So there you have it. My postseason rankings in regards to current fanfare. What about you?
When your team's season is over, do you still continue to watch the playoffs?
Which teams are you rooting for this October?
Happy Saturday and sayonara!
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