The entire season revolves around this one question. Now that the 2016 postseason field is set, all that remains is seeing which of the 10 remaining clubs will be hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy.
Toronto hosts Baltimore in the AL Wild Card game on Tuesday, with the winner going on to face Texas. Cleveland holds home field advantage over Boston in the other ALDS matchup. Over in the NL, New York hosts San Francisco in the Wild Card game on Wednesday, and a date with league-leading Chicago awaits the victor. Washington will host Los Angeles in Game 1 of their NLDS series on Friday.
Will the Cubs break their curse and capture their first World Series since 1908? Or, perhaps the second-longest Series drought in baseball could instead end if the Indians continue Cleveland’s sudden run of sports success. Could the Rangers (56 years in existence) or Nationals (48 years) finally win the first championship in the history of their franchises? Can the Mets continue to thrive amidst a swath of injuries and make it back to the Fall Classic for the second straight year? Do the Blue Jays have more bat-flipping postseason heroics in store for 2016? No AL team has won more games over the last five years than the Orioles, but can they finally get that elusive postseason breakthrough? Could the Dodgers or Red Sox celebrate their respective franchise icons (Vin Scully and David Ortiz) by sending them into retirement on the high note of another championship? Or, are all these questions moot since it’s an #EvenYear and thus the Giants are due for another title?
MLBTR readers, who do you think will win it all? (link for app users)