Ranking the Dream 2017 MLB Postseason Scenarios Best for Baseball and Its Fans – Bleacher Report
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Let’s wait a second for all MLB shareholders to stop drooling.
Yankees-Dodgers would be a megamatch of deep-pocketed franchises that brandish baseball’s two highest payrolls, per Spotrac. It’d create a battle for bragging rights among New York and Los Angeles citizens while harking back to a prestigious rivalry, which started when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn.
It would mark the teams’ 12th World Series meeting, with the last occurring in 1981. While the Yankees wield a 8-3 advantage, the squads have split their four meetings since the Dodgers relocated.
Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle no longer wear pinstripes. Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax don’t wear Dodger blue. Yet Yankees-Dodgers would mean a colossal meeting between AL and NL Rookie of the Year front-runners Judge and Cody Bellinger, who have hit a combined 81 home runs.
Let’s not forget Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Kershaw and Corey Seager. New York boasts a dominant bullpen built for postseason success, but Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen is baseball’s best reliever in a post-Mariano Rivera world.
The title hopefuls also each added a major midseason rotation upgrade. Sonny Gray vs. Yu Darvish wouldn’t make for a bad Game 2 matchup.
Fans have seen the Yankees and Red Sox plenty of times, but the Yankees and Dodgers would yield nostalgia for older supporters and novelty for younger viewers. Despite their wild-card standing, the Evil Empire has a plus-175 run differential that befits a title contender. Though it would be an underdog, it’d be a dangerous one, with a powerful lineup, deep rotation and Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman to shorten games.
Even those wary of big-market bias can’t deny this series’ potential to shatter ratings records while showcasing young superstars. It surely wouldn’t be every fan’s top choice, but it’d be the perfect pairing to attract casual viewers of all ages and provide diehard baseball fiends with a high-quality World Series.