Major League Baseball playoffs: Ranking all 10 postseason teams based on rootability

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Ah, the best time of the year, playoff baseball. Taking a stab at what it all looks like, let's get into it. Arizona last won the NLCS in 2001 while the Rockies won it in 2007. But since the Cubs won the World Series last year and ended their 108-year drought, the team now carries a less-lovable underdog quality. I give the edge to Zack Greinke's Diamondbacks, despite the Rockies' superior bullpen.

From there, the board spreads out to the teams with Division Series home-field advantage, the Houston Astros (+500) and Washington Nationals (+700), followed by the Boston Red Sox (+800) and defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs (+800). The Cleveland Indians now are seen as the favorites to be World Series Champs.

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If there's an upset brewing in the Wild Card round, I think it's more likely that the Rockies make it happen.

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Anyway, despite the Tigers' protestations, I suspect that the Giants do have the worst record sewn-up already on that tie-breaker (I was going to look it up, but thought better of it), so we are where we are and can enjoy the final day as simply a day of baseball with not much riding on it. The Yankees added their 27th title that year, beating the Phillies four games to two in the World Series. There's a lot of pressure on the Nationals with the impending free agency of Bryce Harper, and nothing yet to show for Max Scherzer's monster deal. We had predictable division winners this year because they were all blatantly going to be really good teams and were only going to be beaten if they had a disaster or two to give someone else a chance. Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers rolled to a major league-high 104 wins. Obviously, it didn't finish the way we wanted it to but everybody got a full playoff run under their belts and most of us guys are back. One of baseball's best making his postseason debut against his pitching nemesis in a do-or-die game? Game 3's series-sealing win for the Yankees was ushered in by two more homers - one from A-Rod and another from Jorge Posada - and the Yankees would go on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 in the ensuing ALCS. They somehow managed to make it that far with a cobbled-together starting rotation that consisted of Corey Kluber on short rest numerous times, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer pitching with a sliced-open finger. A 22-game winning streak from late August to mid-September erased any doubt that the Indians had recovered from their loss in the World Series.

At the end of play Sunday, 10 Major League Baseball teams lived to play another day. It would be hard to find anyone who believes that the Twins can win 12 games and get a parade this year. Chicago can't match up consistently on the mound and I think that's where the deficiency lies. The Twins didn't win a single regular season game against the Yanks from 2002-2003. Same for the Dodgers' choice to bring back both Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen and the Astros' decision to remake their lineup. This is a series that features everything, and there's plenty of young stars on both sides of the diamond. Your 2017 World Series champions are the Houston Astros. The Nats also have been getting some love to represent the NL, and even one forecaster (Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated) picked the Diamondbacks to rise through the Wild Card ranks to get to the Series.

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