The MLB playoffs 2010 will start the next stage tonight. In about 10 days, the MLB playoffs 2010 will then be set to take the final stage — the World Series. After a season filled with contenders and pretenders, there are now just four teams left standing. As a result, fans can now wonder who the last two teams standing will be – and which pairing would make for the best ending. But only one potential pairing is being considered as the ideal playoff finale – although it might not be the one fans get.
Ever since spring training, the Yankees and Phillies have been favored to meet in the World Series again. Yet they each stumbled at various points, putting a rematch in doubt. But after the Phillies’ late dominance and the Yankees’ return to October form a rematch is now considered inevitable.
As the playoffs resume with the NLCS and ALCS, nearly everyone expects the Phillies and Yankees to breeze by the Giants and Rangers. Although the Yankees are starting at home, and the Phillies are facing an equally powerful pitching rotation, their experience and firepower are favored to win out.
But while fans, and FOX, are expecting and hoping for Phillies-Yankees II, there are still three other potential World Series matchups to consider. Although none of them would be as big as Philadelphia vs New York, there may still be juicy storylines to find if they come to pass.
Perhaps the best second choice to end the playoffs in 2010 would be the Phillies vs. Rangers, if only for their constant. Cliff Lee was controversially traded from Philadelphia to get Roy Halladay, which made fans upset that they couldn’t have both. But if Lee gets to face the Phillies in the World Series – and duel with Halladay – it would be the ultimate experiment to prove if that trade worked.
However, the story lines might be more scarce if the Giants make it to the World Series instead. Still, if the Giants face the Yankees, New York’s star power could help make up for it. Putting Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Canoe and the Yankee sluggers against Tim Lincecum and company would help fire up audiences.
But for the networks, the worst case matchup would probably be the Giants vs Rangers. It is the least juicy potential pairing left for the MLB playoffs, although that doesn’t mean there would be bad baseball. In fact, it would make for a cathartic championship either way, as the Rangers have never won a championship, and the Giants haven’t won it all since they were in New York. And if Lincecum and Lee got to duel, it would certainly get people talking at the start.
The MLB playoffs are still heavily favored to end like last year’s postseason did. Yet the Giants and Rangers are still out to prove that the alternative wouldn’t be so bad.
Gainesville Times- “Rangers-Phillies best World Series matchup”