Staff Picks

Which Wild Card team is most likely to win the World Series?

Kody Malouf:
The Yankees are going to win the World Series. They have a severely underrated staff of starting pitchers with their young ace Luis Severino leading the charge. Behind Severino are C.C. Sabathia (who is enjoying a renaissance season), Masahiro Tanaka (who has been admittedly streaky since his 2014 debut but has come into his own as of late this year), Jordan Montgomery (AL strikeout leader for rookies), and Sonny Gray (the former A’s stud who the Yankees acquired via trade right before the deadline). If they can get 5-6 solid innings out of each of those guys and get to the 6th with a lead, the Yankees have a very good chance win the game thanks to the best bullpen in baseball. Speaking of leads, it’s very likely that the Yankees will have one, thanks to some of the premier sluggers in the game. We all know Aaron Judge (AL home run leader, 52 homers most by a rookie, absolute beast), not to mention Gary Sanchez (33 dingers), and Didi Gregorius (.287 BA with 25 homers most by a Yankee shortstop). Plus important role players like Matt Holliday, Aaron Hicks, Todd Frazier, and Brett Gardner. The Yankees have been counted out all year. They said this was a rebuilding year, that they weren’t going to do anything this season… yet here they are, a few series’ away from their 28th World Series title.

Dante Troina:
The wild card game is a cute event for teams that aren’t good enough to win their divisions, and a kickstarter to generate hype before the real games begin. All of the wild card teams this year are pretty good, but sorry Yankees, there’s no way you’re going to get past the red hot, 102 win Cleveland Indians; and *News Flash* your pitching staff is mediocre at best, Aaron Judge is cool, but he can’t save your dismal pitching. Have fun against the Indians and Astros lineups. On the other side, the Diamondbacks-Rockies game will probably be the most entertaining in the postseason, but once the dust clears, the winner will have used their best starting pitcher already, and have to try and matchup with the Dodgers, who have been the best team in baseball this whole year, and have rested most of their starters for this playoff game for more than a month. This is one of the deepest postseasons ever, with three 100+ win teams without mentioning the defending champion Chicago Cubs, or the ultra-balanced Red Sox and dangerous Washington Nationals. So congrats Twins, Yankees, D-Backs, and Rockies! You made the playoffs; grab your t-shirts and participation hats and enjoy it while it lasts.

 

Liam Kiffer:
I think the Rockies are the best bet to win the World Series out of all the other Wild Card teams. They don’t have a lot of depth in their starting rotation, but I think there hitting is strong enough without it. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon are both MVP candidates, who can carry a team throughout an entire season. Along with others like DJ LeMahieu, Trevor Story and Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies have 6 veteran hitters who know how to handle the pressure that the postseason brings. Though the Rockies don’t necessarily have deep starting pitching like the Dodgers or the Cubs, they do have arguably one of the best bullpens in the National League.  A good bullpen is always a good weapon to have. As we saw in the first Twins-Yankees Wildcard game, neither starting pitcher had last past the second inning. The Rockies have a roster this year mixed with All-Stars, seasoned veterans, and solid rookies. If all these pieces can all come together, the Colorado Rockies are set to win their first World Series in Franchise History.

Wyatt Barajas:
There are some good wild card matchups this year. The Yankees ran over the Twins last night, beating them 8-4. I feel if anyone is to win it, it would be out of the other side of the bracket. The Diamondbacks and the Rockies. Both teams have high intensity offenses. With Goldschmidt and Greinke on the bump tonight the Diamondbacks will definitely top the Rockies. They are coming off a solid end to their season having a 14 game win streak last month and adding J.D. Martinez to the roster. The Diamondbacks have the best chance of winning. Also, nothing Gavin says matters, because he is very uneducated in everything to do with the sport of baseball.

Largim Zhuta:
As the name implies, it’s a wild card. You don’t know what will happen. The team that is the wildest and craziest out on the diamond will win the World Series. There are a few things that set apart a winning wild card team from any other. First, they must show the technical skill. Baseball is no easy game. The ball is small and it travels really fast, which makes it hard to see, let alone hit. The team that can hit it the furthest and catch the ball the most will do well by my prediction. The second is that the team must have a winning mentality. They must go into the game knowing that they have already won. Plain and simple. The third thing is intelligence. You gotta be smart out on the field. The ball follows a parabolic path every time. There is just no way around that. The people who have had past experience with Algebra or are able to do complex math in their head will come out on top. No question about it. The wild-card team that I believe embodies these characteristics the best — and the one that will win the World Series — The Twins. It might be hard for the two brothers to beat an entire baseball team, but I believe they have it in them.

Gavin Salazar:
I honestly don’t believe that any of the wild-card teams will win the World Series this year. The Yankees beat the Twins in the first wild-card game but there isn’t a chance that they are gonna beat the Indians. The next game between the Rockies and the Diamondbacks is going to be a great game, and whoever wins that is going to get past the ice cold Dodgers (You hear that Dante) and then lose to the Cubs. All of you guys are wrong, especially Kody. It is all fake news. None of the wildcard teams are going to win the 2017 World Series.

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