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SB Nation predicts the 2017 MLB postseason

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These predictions will somehow all be correct. We’re just that good.

Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

It’s that time of year again, where we come up with predictions that will definitely be correct even though they are individual predictions and varying in nature. Don’t ask how it works, it’ll ruin the trick.

And definitely don’t email us about being wrong, which won’t happen, anyway, so why am I even writing that?

Wild Card round

SB Nation Contributor AL Wild Card NL Wild Card
SB Nation Contributor AL Wild Card NL Wild Card
Eric Stephen Yankees D-Backs
Kurt Mensching Twins D-Backs
Matthew Collins Yankees D-Backs
Demetrius Bell Yankees D-Backs
Grant Brisbee Twins Rockies
Whitney McIntosh Yankees D-Backs
Mina Dunn Yankees D-Backs
Liz Roscher Yankees D-Backs
Marc Normandin Twins D-Backs

That’s six for the Yankees, three for the Twins, eight for the D-Backs, and one lone Rockies pick by Grant Brisbee.

Division Series round

SB Nation Contributor ALDS ALDS NLDS NLDS
SB Nation Contributor ALDS ALDS NLDS NLDS
Eric Stephen Indians Astros Dodgers Nationals
Kurt Mensching Indians Astros D-Backs Cubs
Matthew Collins Indians Red Sox Dodgers Nationals
Demetrius Bell Indians Astros Dodgers Nationals
Grant Brisbee Indians Astros Dodgers Nationals
Whitney McIntosh Indians Red Sox D-Backs Cubs
Mina Dunn Indians Astros Dodgers Nationals
Liz Roscher Indians Astros Dodgers Nationals
Marc Normandin Indians Red Sox D-Backs Nationals

Regardless of whether we had Twins or Yankees facing Cleveland, we all have the Indians winning their ALDS. The other ALDS features six picks for the Astros and three for the Red Sox. The same split exists for the Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks, with six on LA’s side and three for Arizona. We’ve got seven of nine for the Nationals over the Cubs, not necessarily because we think they’ll win an NLDS (can you imagine lol) but because if the Nats actually do win a playoff series sometime, we’d like to be able to say we called it.

League Championship round

SB Nation Contributor ALCS NLCS
SB Nation Contributor ALCS NLCS
Eric Stephen Astros Nationals
Kurt Mensching Indians D-Backs
Matthew Collins Indians Dodgers
Demetrius Bell Indians Dodgers
Grant Brisbee Astros Dodgers
Whitney McIntosh Indians Cubs
Mina Dunn Indians Nationals
Liz Roscher Indians Dodgers
Marc Normandin Indians D-Backs

Seven of us picked the Indians to represent the AL in the World Series, with the other two going Astros. Sorry, the Red Sox, Yankees, and Twins, but not one of us believes in you, and doubling down by writing that here for people to reference later definitely will never come back to haunt us.

As for the NL, there’s a lot more diversity of opinion. We have two for the Nationals, two for the D-Backs, one Cubs, and winner by plurality, the Dodgers with four.

World Series

SB Nation Contributor Winner Loser
SB Nation Contributor Winner Loser
Eric Stephen Astros Nationals
Kurt Mensching Indians D-Backs
Matthew Collins Dodgers Indians
Demetrius Bell Indians Dodgers
Grant Brisbee Astros Dodgers
Whitney McIntosh Indians Cubs
Mina Dunn Nationals Indians
Liz Roscher Indians Dodgers
Marc Normandin D-Backs Indians

Two for the Astros, four for the Indians, one Dodgers, one Nationals, and one Diamondbacks. Personally, the Indians are the best team in the postseason, but the best team doesn’t always win, and also it’s my personal belief the Indians need to lose to each ‘90s National League expansion team — preferably in heartbreaking fashion, a la 1997 — before they can win their first title since 1948. See, I’m trying to help Cleveland along: Maybe they can lose to the Rockies next year and then wrap this storyline by 2019.

Why didn’t everyone else get to justify their picks in the prediction column? Because I’m the one who made the tables and put this together, duh. Maybe you can volunteer next time.

Anyway, that’s us. Who do you have winning it all?


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