Baseball’s regular season came to an end Sunday night, and Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, the 2017 postseason will begin with the AL Wild Card Game. The NL Wild Card Game will be played Wednesday, then the ALDS and NLDS will begin Thursday and Friday, respectively..
Now that the postseason field has been finalized, we can look ahead and figure out which potential World Series matchups are most intriguing. There are 25 of them. Some are interesting because the current rosters are so exciting. Others are interesting because the two teams have World Series history. And several have a little of both.
With some help from my fellow CBS Sports baseball scribes R.J. Anderson, Jonah Keri, Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder, I have authoritatively ranked those 25 potential World Series matchups. The rankings are based on many things. Star power, style of play, historical significance … basically anything that can lead to a thrilling postseason series.
While I have no doubt fans of literally every team will feel slighted by our rankings, keep in mind they are intended to take a big picture look at mass appeal for all baseball fans. Who do most fans want to see matchup head-to-head? That’s what we try to answer here. Now on to the rankings.