Wild Card World Series
Raise your hand if you predicted a Royals-Giants World Series…
The notion of adding the second Wild Card two years ago was to provide added reward to the teams that won their divisions. This year, two Wild Card entries are in the World Series for the first time under the new postseason format and it’s the first time two Wild Card teams will duel in the Fall Classic since the Angels and Giants in 2002.
Phil Rogers of MLB.com has more on the Wild Card winners reaching the World Series.
Also — neither the Royals (89 wins), nor Giants (88 wins) were 90 game winners in the regular season.
And — the Giants were the SECOND NL Wild Card team. So it is possible for it to be done.
Although they ended the 2013 regular season on a five-game losing streak, if the Reds could have found a way past Pittsburgh last season, perhaps they too could have went on a roll like the Royals or Giants. One never knows.
While every team, including the Reds, should aspire to win their division, this should emphasize how doable it is to reach the playoffs — and beyond — if a team can put together a run.
The World Series begins on Tuesday at Kansas City. For my prediction, I like the Giants in six games.