The MLB postseason is officially underway. And while the season started four months late and has a demon baby for a postseason format, the playoffs are getting started at the same time as they would have if the world had not ... well ... you know.
MLB expanded the postseason field to 16 teams, which was almost generous enough to extend an invitation to the San Francisco Giants. Almost. The Giants certainly would have been a team with a short life expectancy, but you’re bound to have a few of those when more than half of the league gets to play extra games. So it’s not surprising that according to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, there is a clear difference between the teams that have a real chance at winning it all and those that aren’t expected to make it out of the first week.
Of the 16 teams that made the playoffs, one stood out in people’s eyes. More than three-quarters of fans think the Los Angeles Dodgers are the team to beat in baseball entering the playoffs, which is going to make it that much more beautiful when they inevitably trip and fall on their face.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Chicago Cubs. Despite winning the NL Central, fans think the Cubs are the division winner most likely to lose in the Wild Card round. It should be noted that the Minnesota Twins have already lost, so ... whoops.
As for the Giants, the season ended in gut-wrenching and deflating fashion, yet fans remain optimistic about the future. 78 percent of Giants fans said they are confident in the direction of the team heading into the offseason. That’s tied for the highest mark of confidence that fans had throughout the year, which is a great sign; they’re heading into the offseason in the right direction.
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