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No San Francisco Giants, But a Fun Postseason Awaits

Jake Mastroianni
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the Miami Marlins and clinching a post season birth following the MLB game at Chase Field on September 24, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Marlins 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the Miami Marlins and clinching a post season birth following the MLB game at Chase Field on September 24, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Marlins 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants won’t be in the postseason this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy all of the action in October.

It was a disappointing season to say the least in 2017. The San Francisco Giants failed to meet expectations — by a long shot.

But don’t let that ruin your 2017 MLB postseason.

If you’re a Giants fan and have followed us this long, then you’re probably a big enough baseball fan to know how to enjoy the postseason.

It’s not like there are any better options in October. The NFL is boring and worried more about protests than actual game play. College football is top heavy. And the NBA doesn’t start until the end of the month — and don’t get me started on how meaningless the NBA regular season is.

So you might as well sit back and enjoy the thrills of October baseball.

Interestingly enough, three teams from the National League West made the postseason this year. However, I don’t count the Wild Card game as making the postseason, but my thoughts don’t count.

Either the Colorado Rockies or Arizona Diamondbacks will advance from the Wild Card game to meet another NL West foe in the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the other National League Division Series matchup the Washington Nationals will see if they can finally advance past the first round and take out the defending World Series champs in the Chicago Cubs.

As San Francisco Giants fans, we certainly can’t cheer for the Dodgers here. I don’t really want to see the Cubs repeat, so I guess it’s up to the Nationals and either the Diamondbacks or Rockies.

Personally, I’d love to see Rockies make it out of the National League this year. They are by far the most unlikely, so why not cheer for the underdog?

If not them, then it would be cool to see Bryce Harper and the Nationals make a World Series appearance.

Over in the American League, the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins kick things off in the Wild Card game. The Twins are a heavy underdog here, but anything can happen in a single game series.

The winner of that game will be lucky enough to get the Cleveland Indians.

The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros will meet in the other American League Division Series matchup.

I would love to see the Astros get a chance to play for the World Series. That town could certainly use the positive vibes.

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Either way, those are some really good teams and some really good matchups. Baseball was very top heavy this year with a few really good teams. Now we get to see them go head-to-head in the postseason.

The final weeks of the regular season were pretty lame. Everyone has been waiting on this postseason to start, and the time has finally come.

Here are my picks:

Wild Card – New York over Minnesota and Arizona over Colorado

Division Series – Cleveland over New York, Houston over Boston, LA over Arizona and Washington over Chicago

Championship Series – Cleveland over Houston and LA over Washington

World Series – Cleveland over LA

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It’s risky putting the Dodgers in the World Series, but watching them get their hearts broken would be great.

Hopefully the postseason lives up to our expectations, because I’m hoping for another magical ride. You should enjoy it too.

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