(Photo courtesy Los Angeles Times) “Designated hitter Bryce Harper holds trophy after winning National League Championship Series.”
The World Series is now complete, but it is worth looking at the teams that failed to survive this brutal postseason. This was very unexpected and very entertaining, to put it mildly.
Tampa Bay Rays: Rays! The only reason you were swept in the Wild Card Series by the Guardians was because SpongeBob was cheering them on. You didn’t get any luck from the bottom of the sea today. You looked a mess and proved to everyone you have a lot of work ahead of you to be anything even remotely good.
Toronto Blue Jays – The more you can say about this choking danger, the better. How do you blow a 8-1 lead to the Mariners, of all teams? Dear god, it’s like you wanted to lose. Vladdy, this was the move. This felt more like “Mockingjay Part One”It is more heroic than anything else.
St. Louis Cardinals: Really can’t say anything negative here, as you tried to win, but could not get it done. It is impossible to express gratitude to Ada Wainwright, catcher Yadier Molina, and first baseman Albert Pujols enough for their incredible careers. They are all legends. Enjoy retirement.
New York Mets “LOLMets”Runs supreme. You couldn’t even beat the Padres. “LOLMets”The team won the game at the best possible time and memes about it will soon spread across the country. Mets fans will never be satisfied. Always.
Cleveland Guardians: Another October wasted. And at the Yankees. This series has one positive. You at least made it to the final 5 games. But that’s all. Cleveland, you can try again next season.
Seattle Mariners: Wait! You make Toronto sneeze at their mediocrity and gain a lot of momentum going into American League Division Series (ALDS), so you are the chokers. Houston, Houston, Houston. It’s like you love lowballing your fans every year. Only you, Seattle. Only you.
Atlanta Braves – Okay, it’s one thing to be the champions and then lose. What do you call this Atlanta? You did almost nothing, as the Phillies trounced you. There may be an overhaul. There is a disturbance within the force.
New York Yankees: Houston, Houston! Well, you’re going to get Houston alright. To the beat of bats, you’ll be out of the series. You couldn’t even win a game. You are now being laughed at by everyone. Absolute clowns.
San Diego Padres: Credit where credit is due, you got this far without shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. That itself deserves major props. Game One was a great game for you. If you fix up a few things, you could be looking at a World Series.
Now that the fallen have been cruelly beaten to death, it’s time to see who will challenge for the right to be champions.
AL: Houston Astros (#1 seed)
Please, come again. Please, just go. All jokes aside, you have one the most elite cores of baseball today, and a trip in the World Series was very fitting. You have always replenished your team via trades or your farm system, despite losing key players like shortstop Carlos Correa and outfielder George Springer over the years. This is your best chance at winning a clean, untampered World Series. However, there is one team that can help you.
NL: Philadelphia Phillies (6th seed).
Wait a minute, Philadelphia? Wasn’t this team on the brink of another rebuild earlier this year? Firing manager Joe Girardi won’t solve their problems? It did, it seems. The Phillies are huge underdogs but somehow they made it. This team can be compared to hockey’s 2012 Los Angeles Kings, as they both fired their coaches at around the beginning of the season, barely making it in as the last possible seed with the lowest record out of any playoff team, and then proceed to go on a “Cinderella run”All throughout the postseason. This is the team.
The final stage has been completed. The battle is just beginning. It is. “David vs. Goliath”The grandest stage of professional baseball. Winner takes all.
Prediction: If you look at both teams it is obvious who is the favorite. Who is the major underdog who can play a huge spoiler? For this reason, the Philadelphia Phillies will win and defeat the Houston Astros six to seven. Let the battle begin, so grab your popcorn and get out the popcorn!