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Ranking every possible World Series matchup

As it stands right now, there are 25 possible World Series matchups that could come our way. Hopes and dreams die quick in October, but right now five teams on each side are still alive and fighting for a championship.

Some of them are big names from big cities — we’re talking the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. There are a couple of small-market Cinderellas, like the Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays.

And, let’s be real, within all that are some World Series we’d like to see more than others.

So, like we do every year, the Yahoo Sports MLB staff ranked every possible World Series matchup to figure out which ones we’d like to see most and least. Eight different writers cast ballots for this tally, and you’re not going to be shocked to see what’s on top of the list.

Wondering what it says about me that the matchup they’d like to see the most is one that would lead me to see what else is on, whereas some of the ones they’d rather not see are ones that would entertain me….

 

QLE Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 86 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: playoffs, rankings, world series

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   1. stevegamer Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:29 AM (#5884527)
I think it says that the guy who put this together is a Yankee fan, rather than a Yankee hater.
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 30, 2019 at 05:22 AM (#5884529)
Hah, 4 of the first 6 choices include the Yankees. Woohoo, who wouldn't want to see that? You know who? Every baseball fan who is NOT a Yankee fan, that's who.
   3. bfan Posted: September 30, 2019 at 07:46 AM (#5884532)
I am impressed that someone was smart enough to list Atlanta as a "big city"; it is (or will be, in any minute when it passes Philadelphia) the 8th biggest SMA in the county. It has routinely added 100,000+ people a year the last several years. When you factor in that several larger cities have to have their metro area population divided by 2 for baseball population purposes, because there are 2 teams there (LA; NYC; Chicago), it stands right there, only significantly behind NYC in population. It has over 20 Fortune 500 HQs, for those worried about who buys the boxes.
   4. Bote Man Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:31 AM (#5884540)
15 - Twins vs. Nationals — The revenge of Brian Dozier

The revenge of D.C. against the team-stealers!

I wayyyyy overthought this and came up with (5! * 5!) combinations, which is clearly wrong. I need coffee.
   5. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:38 AM (#5884541)
I don't care about TV ratings. I don't care about metro area sizes.

It's the ####### World Series. It'll be great.

Unless it's Yankees/Cardinals.
   6. The Duke Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:48 AM (#5884543)
I grew up disliking the dodgers and Yankees but I find myself impressed by both of them over the last few years. I’d be happy to see them in the finale. Rays/Braves would be the southern version of a subway series. If the cards can’t make it in a Braves-Rays series would be awesome. That should be a top 3 matchup
   7. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:52 AM (#5884544)
Having said I'll love it no matter what, Astros/Dodgers is my preferred outcome (taking my Braves rooting interest out of it). Those are, I think, clearly the two best teams.
   8. Cris E Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:00 AM (#5884546)
The only reason a non-Yankees fan would want to see them in the WS would be the homers (no, no, not them - the HRs!) But with the Twins around for fireworks even that reason melts away.

On a strictly baseball basis I'd like Astros/Dodgers.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:03 AM (#5884548)
I have affection for:

A's
Rays
Astros

No real affection for, but am cool with:

Brewers
Twins
Dodgers


Rooting against:

Cardinals
Nationals
Braves
Yankees
   10. flournoy Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:04 AM (#5884549)
Braves/Rays would be great. Though I'd happy take Braves/Anyone.

Not so sure about the "subway series" flair to Braves/Rays, it's an eight hour drive between the two cities.
   11. TomH Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:21 AM (#5884552)
Ranking order based on most to least "have not won in a while, and deserve to win, as compared to won a trophy recently even if they weren't all that great a champ"

WAS
MIL
TAM
ATL
LAD
MIN
HOU
OAK
NYY
STL
   12. Esoteric Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:34 AM (#5884553)
The World Series America deserves is the Nationals versus anyone.

But in terms of teams I really enjoy this year, Nats v. Twins would be ideal. Nats have never won anything and Zimmerman is probably in his final year of baseball, Twins were sub-.500 last year and nobody expected them to compete this year, much less set the single-season home run record for a team. Lots of good narratives to be found there, lots of likable players.

Yankees vs. Dodgers is the only World Series I would probably not even bother to watch. It ain't 1955 anymore, folks.
   13. Bote Man Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:49 AM (#5884557)
I find my rooting interest is for listenable broadcast teams. On that basis the Athletics with Ken Korach are at the top of the list, along with the Nationals (and the Brewers--DOHHH!). The rest I either have not much opinion on or actively loathe.

On that basis I'm rooting for an Athletics-Nationals cross-country World's Series.
   14. jmurph Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5884558)
It's the playoffs, you'll get Joe Buck and you'll like it (you actually won't like it, but that's the way the saying goes).
   15. jmurph Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5884559)
I'm also hoping for Twins-Nats. Oakland and Milwaukee would be my next choices. If none of those (or combinations of the same 4 teams) are possible I want the two best teams, Astros-Dodgers.
   16. Cris E Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:53 AM (#5884561)
Even Joe doesn't like it much, but no one really has any choice here.
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM (#5884566)
Yankees vs. Dodgers is the only World Series I would probably not even bother to watch. It ain't 1955 anymore, folks.

How about 1963, or 1977, or 1978, or 1980? It's a storied rivalry, it's odd it's only that series which wouldn't interest you at all.
   18. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:28 AM (#5884572)
If the Yankees can survive the AL, I'd want to see them against either the Dodgers or the Nats, though I could live with the Cardinals. Forget about Atlanta or the Brewers.

If the Yankees implode along the way, I'd love to see either the Astros or the A's drive a third nail into the Dodgers' coffin. The Twins or the Rays? Nien danke, although the Twins vs the Nats would be a blood feud of the century for a certain generation of Washingtonians.
   19. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:29 AM (#5884573)
How about 1963, or 1977, or 1978, or 1980? It's a storied rivalry, it's odd it's only that series which wouldn't interest you at all.

You mean 1981, not 1980. In 1980 the Yanks were swept by Team Hemorrhoid.
   20. Nasty Nate Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:31 AM (#5884576)
My favorite choice now would be HOU-LAD, and my least favorite TB-STL or NYY-STL (even though I don't have any particular dislike of the Cardinals franchise). But by the end of the LDS round, my choices will probably change.

The playoff teams cover lots of geographic regions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas, Midwest, Southern California, Northern California.
   21. JJ1986 Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:35 AM (#5884581)
I'm anti Cardinals, Yankees and Braves and I don't really like Wild Cards winning the whole thing. The Astros also just won, and I'm fairly anti-Dodgers after the whole Chase Utley thing. I'll root for the Twins first, then the Brewers if they make it through and then the AL WC. Among the top 4 seeds, I guess the Dodgers are my choice.
   22. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:35 AM (#5884582)
The constant noise pollution between every pitch when the home team is batting makes Dodgers and Braves home games difficult to watch, so it would be nice not to have that mar the World Series.

I think A's-Cardinals would be fun.
   23. PreservedFish Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:43 AM (#5884586)
A's fans are extremely noisy. Lots of horns and drums and stuff. Soccer type atmosphere. Usually there's just not many of them, but the place will be packed for the playoffs.
   24. TomH Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5884587)
ANALYSIS

Division Series previews, using team composite stats for 2019. This obviously does NOT address some key areas; injuries, and increased or decreased playing time for some key spots (top few SP, top few relievers); change in team makeup or momentum.

I will assess three primary questions comparing the team’s offense to its pitching and defense:
1) Does the team generate more hits than they allow? Primary stat are team batting AVG, and KOs.
2) Does the team get more free bases than they allow? Main stat is walk% = OBP minus AVG.
• I know, it’s bad math to subtract ratios with dissimilar denominators. It’s a small thing tho.
3) Does the team hit with more Power than they allow? Primary stat is ISO; slugging minus AVG.

NLDS1 Cardinals-Braves
(1) Braves: Team AVG is 258; allowed is 256. They KOd 1442 times, while KO-ing 1369 batters.
Cards: Team AVG is 245; allowed is 238. They KOd 1339 times, while KO-ing 1385.
Small advantage to St Louis
(2) Braves: Team Walk% = .079; allowed is .073
Cards: Team Walk% = .076; allowed is .076.
Very small advantage to Atlanta
(3) Braves: Team ISO is 195; allowed is 162.
Cards: Team ISO is 169; allowed is 161.
Advantage, Atlanta.

The teams are evenly matched. Atlanta hits for more power. Maybe they will hit one or two extra home runs in a 5 game series. St. Louis does have a bit more speed and made fewer Es.

ALDS1 Twins-Yankees
(1) Twins: Team AVG is 270; allowed is 257. They KOd 1320 times, while KO-ing 1443.
Yankees: Team AVG is 269; allowed is 248. They KOd 1417 times, while KO-ing 1519.
Advantage to New York, preventing opponents’ hits.
(2) Twins: Team Walk% = .069; allowed is .060.
Yankees: Team Walk% = .071; allowed is .065.
Very small advantage to Minnesota
(3) Twins: Team ISO is 224; allowed is 162.
Yankees: Team ISO is 223; allowed is 192.
Advantage, Minnesota; they don’t allow many gopher balls.
The teams are evenly matched, AND they have very similar strengths; huge power, good batting avg. We know the Yankees have a fine bullpen and may have Severino and others available who did not play much in 2019, and that could be more important than the composite team stats.
   25. TomH Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:47 AM (#5884588)
I won't post the other LDS matchups until after the WC games. But Houston's advantage in getting runners on versus permitting opponents runners on; is enormous, almost an avg of THREE per game (!).
   26. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:48 AM (#5884589)
I think A's-Cardinals would be fun.

Ah, a rematch of the 1930 and 1931 classics! Where have you gone, Joe Dimaggio Pepper Martin?

You could also have rematches of 1974 and 1988 with the A's-Dodgers. Or a rematch of 1987 with the Twins-Cardinals, or 1991 with the Twins-Braves.

Or you could have rematches of any one of 20 Yankees-Dodgers (11), Yankees-Cardinals (5), or Yankees-Braves (4) classics. I'm sure everyone here would enjoy those.
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:49 AM (#5884591)
A's fans are extremely noisy. Lots of horns and drums and stuff. Soccer type atmosphere.
That's fine, it's the constant "EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS!!!!" and "LET'S GO DOD-GERS!!!" and the Chop chant that are annoying.
   28. DavidFoss Posted: September 30, 2019 at 11:06 AM (#5884595)
A's fans are extremely noisy. Lots of horns and drums and stuff. Soccer type atmosphere.

The drums don't bother me, but some of the higher-pitched sounds can be really grating. It was like a cross between a shrieking whistle and a kazoo. Hopefully the ambient sound balance for the playoff will be better than what my local team's crew had set up for A's road games.
   29. DavidFoss Posted: September 30, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5884597)
You could also have rematches of 1974 and 1988 with the A's-Dodgers. Or a rematch of 1987 with the Twins-Cardinals, or 1991 with the Twins-Braves.

A's-Braves would be a rematch of the 1914 miracle season -- both teams moving twice since then. Twins-Dodgers would be a rematch of 1965. The possible 1982 Cardinals-Brewers rematch already happens 19 times a year but is still possible in the NLCS.
   30. Baldrick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5884600)
There are pretty clearly seven teams that are fine. And then there's the Cardinals, Barves, and Yankees.
   31. PreservedFish Posted: September 30, 2019 at 11:31 AM (#5884605)
That's fine, it's the constant "EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS!!!!" and "LET'S GO DOD-GERS!!!" and the Chop chant that are annoying.


Agreed. The Chop chant is the worst. It sounds like the zombie hordes have organized, and are communicating in song. To be clear, I'm talking about slow shambling zombies, not the zombies that can like sprint and climb over walls.
   32. Davo Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:14 PM (#5884617)
I don’t plan on watching, but a Twins-Brewers matchup would be a lot of fun Up Here.
   33. Perry Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:53 PM (#5884628)
The Cardinals are my team so they're #1. The As are fun and cool, both the team and the fans from what I see on TV, and they have Piscotty, so they're a clear #2. I've developed some affection for the Brewers after the fight they put up after losing Yelich, and after being around their fans at Coors over the weekend.

Other than that I don't much care, although I tend to dislike teams from the south, and it goes without saying that the Yanks are at the bottom. So I end up with:

Cards
As
Brewers
Nats
Dodgers
Twins
Astros
Braves
Rays
Yanks
   34. SoSH U at work Posted: September 30, 2019 at 01:03 PM (#5884632)
Order of preference

Brewers
Rays
A's
Nats
Twins
Astros
Braves
Dodgers
Cardinals

That's it. There are only nine teams in the playoffs this year.
   35. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 01:07 PM (#5884634)
34--Thanks. I don't get the bulk of the anti-Crew thing on this place. Pretty innocuous team really. Yelich is awesome of course. But otherwise a collection of guys who are like the 4th or 5th best on a fantasy team at best. And they could have said #### it in early September but instead ###### everyone in their path until the very last weekend.
   36. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 30, 2019 at 01:42 PM (#5884643)
The consensus ‘Big 3’ this season seems to be the Dodgers, Astros & Yankees, so a match-up of any 2 ought to be pretty good, although other outcomes are also quite likely given the nature of short series. The Nationals would probably benefit the most from a World Series run, finally turning the corner to a top-tier market. Washington starters have the 2nd best ERA in the NL, so they have a chance if they can work around their problematic bullpen.
   37. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5884649)
A's-Braves would be a rematch of the 1914 miracle season -- both teams moving twice since then.

You'd have to root for the A's, in order to preserve the Braves' record of having won only one World Series in each location.
   38. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5884653)
so they have a chance if they can work around their problematic bullpen

That's a big ask

   39. pikepredator Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5884654)
I would be fine with seeing the Brewers in the series, in memory of Harvey. Especially if they can get Cecil Cooper, Gorman Thomas, Ben Oglivie and other guys I appreciated growing up to throw out first pitches and stuff. That would be awesome.

Def rooting for the Astros, great combo of exciting young players and seasoned vets I can root for. I'm fine with the Rays or A's getting in, too, just because those franchises do so much with relatively little. But, the Astros are very likeable considering they are a dominant powerhouse.

   40. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:10 PM (#5884659)
The Nationals would probably benefit the most from a World Series run, finally turning the corner to a top-tier market.
Toss up between them and the Dodgers, who are otherwise currently 90s-Braves-lite with 7 consecutive division titles but no ring yet.

(Thing I didn't realize until visiting the Dodgers' franchise page just now on bbref: Kershaw is the Dodgers' alltime WAR leader, having passed Snider, Reese and Drysdale this year.)
   41. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:13 PM (#5884661)
I don't get the bulk of the anti-Crew thing on this place.

?? In the Central alone, the Cardinals and Pirates get much more hate on these boards.
   42. JAHV Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:15 PM (#5884664)
Teams I kind of like in order of preference:

Dodgers
Brewers
Twins
Rays

Teams I either don't care about, or the bad and the good mostly even out to neutral:

Nationals
Braves
Cardinals

Teams I don't like:

Astros

Teams where I root for some sort of natural disaster to occur rather than see them in the World Series:

A's
Yankees

I think Dodgers-Twins would be my preferred World Series, although any mix of those top four teams would be fine.
   43. Sit down, Sleepy has lots of stats Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:18 PM (#5884668)
If the Cards can’t make it then I’d love to see the Brewers make a run. Really any NL team besides the Dodgers and any AL team except the Astros. I’m really happy with this years playoff team set.

My #1 choice would be Cards vs A’s.
   44. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:23 PM (#5884673)
?? In the Central alone, the Cardinals and Pirates get much more hate on these boards.

Dude, have this ####### place is Cards fans so please already. And how does anyone hate the Pirates? The team is so sad it's a UN hate crime to hate on the Pirates.
   45. JJ1986 Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:27 PM (#5884677)
There are a lot of fans of their rival teams here, but I think among neutrals the Brewers are probably the most well liked NL team on this board.
   46. jmurph Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:29 PM (#5884679)
I am also confused by the suggestion that there is a bunch of anti-Brewers talk here.
   47. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:33 PM (#5884680)
45--last two weeks when I stop by it's posters ######## that the Brewers suck because RUN DIFFERENTIAL and whatever. And I get the math and I get wondering WTF but the other teams in the division had all season to stomp on the Crew and didn't so like the Walking Dead if you don't behead the zombie you pay the price.

So not claiming anyone 'hates' the Crew. Hate is a powerful word. But definitely I think annoyed.

Anyway, kind of weird. But ok
   48. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:40 PM (#5884684)
45--last two weeks when I stop by it's posters ######## that the Brewers suck because RUN DIFFERENTIAL and whatever. And I get the math and I get wondering WTF but the other teams in the division had all season to stomp on the Crew and didn't so like the Walking Dead if you don't behead the zombie you pay the price.

I like the Brewers, but I also don't think they're particularly good. They won the games that mattered, but it's not a strong team.
   49. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:42 PM (#5884687)
So not claiming anyone 'hates' the Crew. Hate is a powerful word. But definitely I think annoyed.
I readily admit I find certain things about the Brewers annoying, like Counsell's "we're starting a lefty...PSYCHE!!" move, or the existence of Ryan Braun, or how the announcers spend 97 percent of the time during Brewers' playoff games talking about nothing but bullpen usage and how many outs they have to cover to get the ball to Hader. But on the other hand there are guys like Yelich and Cain (well...Cain, anyway) to root for, and Hiura is looking like he's going to be really fun to watch for a while.
   50. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:48 PM (#5884691)
48--6th in OPS plus and above average in ERA plus (102). I don't know what makes a team 'strong' but the team I think counts as balanced like a quality CA pinot noir.
   51. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5884694)
48--6th in OPS plus and above average in ERA plus (102). I don't know what makes a team 'strong' but the team I think counts as balanced like a quality CA pinot noir.

They're decent not terrible, but compare them to other playoff teams. I'll use non-P OPS+, and ERA+

MIL 102/102
LAD 118/123
WAS 107/108
ATL 107/109
StL 98/112
NYY 119/104
MIN 117/110
HOU 119/127
OAK 108/109
TB 102/122

They 're tied for the 2nd worst offense, and have the worst pitching of the play-off teams.
   52. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:56 PM (#5884695)
And TheRinger throws out some Counsell love:

This year, Counsell’s Brewers lost two of their three top relievers from 2018 (Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel) to injury. They traded their second-best hitter from last year’s team (Jesús Aguilar) and cut their top starting pitcher (Jhoulys Chacín) from last year, lost de facto no. 2 starter Wade Miley to free agency, and lost reigning MVP Yelich to a broken kneecap on September 10. And yet the Brewers made the playoffs with room to spare. Counsell’s performance stands out all the more because a few of his erstwhile competitors—Philadelphia’s Gabe Kapler and Chicago’s Joe Maddon—could do nothing to keep their clubs from falling apart down the stretch.

Not super accurate. JJ pitched most of the season as the Brewers did the whole, 'maybe if we pitch him there will be a miracle', thing. Didn't take. Also didn't mention Travis Shaw completely forgetting that he was a 4 win player. And Corbin Burnes deciding his role was to come into games and give up a dinger every 5th hitter.

   53. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:59 PM (#5884699)
51--That is comparing them to a select group. Compared to all of baseball that means they must be pretty ok. Being the ugliest supermodel means you are still hotter than 99 percent of everyone else

   54. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:02 PM (#5884700)
Being the ugliest supermodel means you are still hotter than 99 percent of everyone else
Au contraire.
   55. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:03 PM (#5884702)
54--ha, ha. Well done.
   56. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:06 PM (#5884703)
And to be clear I don't give a #### if other fans 'like' the Brewers. I just thought it weird a team I consider to be pretty harmless was getting what I thought was a negative vibe. And this team will likely get rolled tomorrow and everyone can be happy they were right that the Brewers sucked ass and the playoffs will continue.

But the weird thing about the Brewers is for all their issues it's really hard to put away these #############. They just keep coming. So maybe weird #### happens.
   57. Baldrick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5884706)
Local fan takes innocuous statements as evidence that everyone actually hates their team.
   58. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:17 PM (#5884708)
Some non-supermodels are pretty attractive, too.

CHC 107/109
   59. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:18 PM (#5884709)
51--That is comparing them to a select group. Compared to all of baseball that means they must be pretty ok.

Right. They're a good team mixed into a group that contains a bunch of very good teams, and a few great teams.

And to be clear I don't give a #### if other fans 'like' the Brewers.

I actually do like them, and will root for them. I'm just commenting that they're weaker than most of the rest of the remaining field. Doesn't mean they can't win though.
   60. The Duke Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:19 PM (#5884710)
It was a great year for the brew crew and frankly, as a cards fan I hope they take out the Nats and dodgers. I don’t know if they were just lucky or their manager is light years better than all others, but I’m in awe of the season they put together. Clearly the least talented of the playoff teams but the team is better than the sum of it’s parts
   61. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:21 PM (#5884712)
I don't get the bulk of the anti-Crew thing on this place. Pretty innocuous team really. Yelich is awesome of course. But otherwise a collection of guys who are like the 4th or 5th best on a fantasy team at best. And they could have said #### it in early September but instead ###### everyone in their path until the very last weekend.


On September 2, the Brewers & Mets were both 70-67. After that, the Crew went 19-6 (13-5 since losing Yelich on the 10th), while the Mets went 16-9. For that reason, Milwaukee can kiss my patootie. ;-)

EDIT: That being said, I'm rooting like crazy for them to keep the Nats' postseason futility a thriving concern.

   62. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:42 PM (#5884721)
45--last two weeks when I stop by it's posters ######## that the Brewers suck because RUN DIFFERENTIAL and whatever. And I get the math and I get wondering WTF but the other teams in the division had all season to stomp on the Crew and didn't so like the Walking Dead if you don't behead the zombie you pay the price.

So not claiming anyone 'hates' the Crew. Hate is a powerful word. But definitely I think annoyed.

Anyway, kind of weird. But ok


I can only speak for myself, but I ####### about this plenty purely from the perspective of a Cubs fan who both thought they should have just crushed the Brewers and were on paper a clearly superior team. That doesn't mean I dislike them - I dislike Braun, but most people do - but when your team can't beat a team that you think they should be better than, and then they lose their clearly best player and get even better - well, that's really just misdirected hate at the Cubs than hate towards the Brewers - the Brewers are just collateral damage.
   63. Astroenteritis Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:51 PM (#5884725)
If the Astros don't make it, I have to root for Minnesota vs. Milwaukee, just to hear the anguished screams of the network suits. I think Atlanta vs. Oakland would be cool, too. Plus, Milwaukee can join Houston as the only franchises to win pennants in both leagues!
   64. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:53 PM (#5884726)
I've always liked the Brewers for much the same reason I like the Pirates: they're not the Cardinals or Cubs. (It's hard to get worked up about the Reds one way or the other.)
I have to root for Minnesota vs. Milwaukee, just to hear the anguished screams of the network suits.
Wouldn't Tampa lead to even louder screams than Minneapolis?
   65. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 03:56 PM (#5884728)
There are 12 teams with World Series Title droughts of 30 years or longer. 4 of them will have a shot to end theirs:

OAK (30)
LAD (31)
MIL & WASH (50 each)
   66. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 04:16 PM (#5884733)
OAK (30)
LAD (31)
MIL & WASH (50 each)


The Nationals drought is technically correct for the franchise, but I think droughts only matter from the perspective of the fans. It's not the same fan base, so I'd count their drought from the arrival in Washington.
   67. flournoy Posted: September 30, 2019 at 04:38 PM (#5884743)
By the same token, the Brewers' drought would only be 49, which is a lot less than 50.

I guess you could go back to 1957 for Brewers fans and 1924 for Nationals fans.
   68. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 04:46 PM (#5884747)
and 1924 for Nationals fans.

Pretty sure they're all dead.
   69. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 05:06 PM (#5884755)
As a Brewers fan, I just took the rub as 'How the F is this team contending?' not a dig on the Crew. Totally a fair excited utterance, hell I've said that too. The season arc was...strange. I fully expect them to be playoff fodder. Kind of like losing the first pricing game on TPIR and going over $1 on the wheel spin, or never even getting out of the front row.

A Twins v. Brewers series would not be good for nets, but the vibe at the respective parks would be great. There's some real hate, and some friendly rivalry between MN/WI folks, depending on the sport. (Walleye v Musky fishing, Gophers v Badgers, Packers/Vikings, etc.)
   70. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 05:24 PM (#5884761)
As a Brewers fan, I just took the rub as 'How the F is this team contending?' not a dig on the Crew.

I've got nothing against the Brewers, but in a World Series I'd rather see a matchup of at least two of the best teams baseball has to offer, or if it's a Cinderella team, at least one like the A's (54-27 in their last 81 games) that's shown in the last half of the season that its current strength is likely better than its overall record.

What that means this year is that while I've got my rooting preferences, any AL team vs. the Dodgers, Cardinals, Braves or Nats would be okay. This is actually one of the relatively few years where there's only one real "spoiler", and for that I'm grateful.
   71. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 30, 2019 at 05:29 PM (#5884763)
and 1924 for Nationals fans.

Pretty sure they're all dead.
Andy lives.
   72. Perry Posted: September 30, 2019 at 05:46 PM (#5884768)
I would be fine with seeing the Brewers in the series


I'd like them more if they'd ditch the blue softball tops. Their whites and grays are both excellent uniforms, and that's not even considering the 80s throwbacks, which are also good. But those blue jerseys... yuck.
   73. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 30, 2019 at 07:44 PM (#5884797)
I second that. The Cubs BP blue tops too also rub me wrong.
   74. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:02 PM (#5884802)
and 1924 for Nationals fans.


Pretty sure they're all dead.


Andy lives.


Not really, but I once had the 7th game program and ticket stubs in the window of my book shop, along with the pebble that caused Earl McNeely's Series winning hit to bounce over Freddy Lindstrom's head. And I got a very good price for that pebble.
   75. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:16 PM (#5884804)
Not really

You weren't really a Nats fan in 1924, or you aren't really alive?
   76. PreservedFish Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:25 PM (#5884814)
along with the pebble that caused Earl McNeely's Series winning hit to bounce over Freddy Lindstrom's head

Did you often deal in fake relics?
   77. flournoy Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:36 PM (#5884816)
I'd love for every team to ditch the color jerseys, and go with home whites and road grays. (Some exceptions for road powder blues allowed.)
   78. Spahn Insane Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:36 PM (#5884817)
And Corbin Burnes deciding his role was to come into games and give up a dinger every 5th hitter.

He might just be the next Kimbrel.
   79. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:28 PM (#5884822)
Not really

You weren't really a Nats fan in 1924, or you aren't really alive?


Just how in the hell do you think I ever got that pebble?

-------------------------------------------------------

along with the pebble that caused Earl McNeely's Series winning hit to bounce over Freddy Lindstrom's head

Did you often deal in fake relics?


In fact the Griffith Stadium groundskeeper, the late Mickey Mantus, personally handed me a COA when he sold me that sacred stone. And don't think I didn't have to pay dearly for it.
   80. stevegamer Posted: September 30, 2019 at 11:30 PM (#5884825)
You weren't really a Nats fan in 1924, or you aren't really alive?

Well, you could be undead.
   81. kthejoker Posted: September 30, 2019 at 11:43 PM (#5884828)
Teams where I root for some sort of natural disaster to occur rather than see them in the World Series:

A's


Going to be hard to top '89 ...
   82. Rusty Priske Posted: October 01, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5884870)
My pre-season prediction was Dodgers over Yankees.

My current, more fun 'prediction' (not really), is Twins over Dodgers


My PREFERENCE would be Dodgers over A's
   83. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 01, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5884898)
Teams where I root for some sort of natural disaster to occur rather than see them in the World Series:

A's

Going to be hard to top '89 ...

Not really. The A's won in 4, so clearly that earthquake only rattled the Giants.
   84. rr: calming the thread down with my arms Posted: October 01, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5884910)
My personal choice:

Nationals/A's
2nd:
Brewers/Twins

In terms of what I think will happen, I think Houston will beat the Dodgers in 6 or 7.
   85. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 01, 2019 at 11:07 AM (#5884916)
and 1924 for Nationals fans.

Pretty sure they're all dead.


And ya could look it up.
   86. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 01, 2019 at 11:41 AM (#5884934)
In fact the Griffith Stadium groundskeeper, the late Mickey Mantus, personally handed me a COA when he sold me that sacred stone. And don't think I didn't have to pay dearly for it.

I can't tell if you are being serious or not but the idea that anyone signs a document stating yes this is a special stone from a baseball field from 1924 reminds me of this

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