World Series Champions
Toronto Blue Jays (36%)
Also Receiving Vote: Cardinals (18%), Cubs (15%), Pirates (15%), Mets (9%), Dodgers (6%)
Call it the Drake Effect or the Power of Norm Kelly, or just admit that the Blue Jays are as complete a team as any in the playoffs. The addition of David Price has been instrumental for returning baseball to prominence in the 6ix. It’s been 22 years since the Joe Carter touched ’em all to walkoff the 1993 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. With one of the best lineups constructed in several years, the Blue Jays should have enough oomph in their bats to make up for the back end of their rotation.
The Cardinals, the best team in the regular season, are also one of the deepest teams in the league, which has carried them to this point, and should become even more important in the later stages of October. The Cubs, led by Jake Arrieta and the Pirates, led by Gerrit Cole, could have this year’s Madison Bumgarner, a lockdown ace pitcher who, almost singlehandedly, carries his team to postseason glory. The Mets and Dodgers both will go as far as their pitching carries them, which could very well be to the top.
World Series MVP
Receiving Votes: Jose Bautista, Gerrit Cole, Jake Arrieta, Josh Donaldson, Yadier Molina, David Price, Anthony Rizzo, David Wright, Michael Conforto, Jacob DeGrom, Zack Greinke, Michael Wacha, Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscoty, Starling Marte, Marcus Stroman, and Clayton Kershaw
As you can see, the staff at Baseball Essential is pretty divided as who should take the top individual honors after the dust settles at the World Series. This only goes to show the randomness that surrounds October baseball. Indeed, it could be any one of those mentioned above, or it could very well be someone we don’t know yet. That’s why we watch the playoffs, because there is the element of the unknown.
Simply put, you couldn’t hire a screenwriter to come up with a better narrative than October baseball. It’s weird, it’s insane, and most of the time, makes very little sense. But that’s why we watch. Enjoy the chaos and may the odds be in your team’s favor.