Kansas City won in an epic duel last night, and I was very happy to see that, because I wanted to see the Royals make it to the playoffs. I remember the 1985 series, George Brett, and the Kansas City glory that year, and it would be fun to see them go all the way this year1. Earlier int he week, I mentioned that I wanted to see Kansas City win on Twitter:
I’d love to see a Kansas City vs. Washington World Series this year. No dig at the O’s, but I think would be great to see KC go all the way.
— Jamie Todd Rubin (@jamietr) September 29, 2014
So here are my picks for the rest of the playoffs. Keep in mind these picks are based on the match-ups that I would most like to see. These are not based on sabermetrics, or even gut instincts.
- Kansas City over Oakland
- Pittsburgh over San Francisco
As I said, with the Yankees out of it, I’d love to see Kansas City go all the way this year. This isn’t a dig at the Orioles (for whom I held season tickets for five seasons) and I’m sure many people around here would like to see a Beltway Series. But I want to see KC make a run.
- Kansas City over Los Angeles (Angels)
- Baltimore over Detroit
I haven’t been able to stand the Angeles (for no good reason, I admit) since 2002. And I really would like to see the O’s win their division battle. Sorry Magnum.
- Washington over Pittsburgh
- Los Angeles over St. Louis
It’s nothing against St. Louis, but I’ve found that, in the dozen years since leaving Los Angeles, I’ve grown retroactively fond of the Dodgers. Besides, when I think of St. Louis, I always think of Dizzy and Daffy Dean.
Washington, of course, is my current home-town National League team, and I was at their first playoff game (against St. Louis) a few years back.
- Kansas City over Baltimore
In 7 grueling games.
- Washington over Los Angeles
Also in 7 grueling games. Because in the fall, true baseball fans want the game to linger as long as it possibly can. Frost on the grass and the last hints of summer still in the air. Although, truthfully, if the NLCS is a good series, I’d be happy with either outcome.
World Series 2014
- Kansas City over Washington
The Royals, with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, paid a hair over $1 million per win in 2014. It’s the second lowest of the playoff teams still remaining. (Pirates paid $884,000 per win in payroll.) The Dodgers have the highest cost per win ($2.5 million). But the Nationals are just about averages at $1.39 million per win. It would be nice to see two teams with average or below payrolls win, sure. But I just really want to see Kansas City go all the way.
- All of this caveated, of course, on the fact that the Yankees are out of it. ↩