Back in the middle of the offseason, there were playoff predictions, then again as spring training went underway. Now, with the season in full swing, how did the predictions change?
MLB is a beautiful organization home to the most beautiful sport in the world, baseball. In no other sport could the playoff picture shift in a mere month and a half, but in the game of baseball, it can shift daily. There are no “super teams” (Looking at you, Golden State), there is no Tom Brady who makes the Super Bowl every season. The game of baseball is ever-changing.
Baseball’s “super teams” could easily crack under the pressure of playoff baseball, and our Tom Brady (Mike Trout) has seen just three playoff games. No other sport is as little influenced by one player. Instead, in baseball you need an entire team to make that beautiful playoff push.
Because of this, we often see the landscape of baseball shifting and changing by the day. One injury, one cold spell, one hot streak can change the entire dynamic of the league, causing baseball to be the best and most unpredictable sport we know and love.
Therefore, it is not absurd to think that the same predicted playoff teams may have fallen back to earth and fallen behind their opposition. Although we are only a week into the season, a lot can be told from the first few games. Yes, it is a very small sample size and it is unjust to rule a team out, but anyone with a keen eye can spot a contender from a pretender.
Therefore, with the MLB season officially underway, here is how the landscape of the MLB playoffs will likely look.