The baseball season is a 162 game long, grueling marathon. Throughout the season, people mutter, “it’s just one game,” when their team loses. As the American League Wildcard game is set to take place to tonight between Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, and the National League Wildcard game tomorrow between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets, what would the World Series look like if it started today?
The two best teams in Major League Baseball in 2016 were the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers. The Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908, finished the season with a 103-58 record. Good enough for First in the NL central. The Texas Rangers finished the season with a 95-67. Good enough for first in the AL West.
The Rangers had an emotional event during the season, having said goodbye to Prince Fielder who doctors would not clear after a second spinal surgery. They also made headlines when Matt Bush beaned Jose Bautista then Rougned Odor punched him in the face at second base.
Celebrated manager Joe Maddon’s team cut through the league like butter, and cemented their potential fate only further when they went out and got closer Aroldis Chapman, who routinely throws harder than 100 MPH.
So, if the World Series were based on the two best teams from the Regular Season in each league, the game would be between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs. The Texas Rangers made it to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, losing to the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, respectively.
The headlines would read: Bryant, Rizzo, Arrietta, Lester square off against Beltre, Hammels and Gomez.
Instead of this game, though, tonight starts the American Wildcard Game. Tomorrow, the NL. Then, the playoffs to see which two teams will truly star in the 2016 World Series.