This may seem a bit like cheating since the American League has already played two games in each Division Series and the National League has already played one. The fact is, it's not cheating. I simply ran out of time to get this done last week.
No of this changes the fact that my wish for the World Series hasn't changed. I'll enjoy this year's championship as long as it doesn't involve the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals finished this year with a record of 100-62. I believe they have been in the playoffs every year since 1892. No need to fact check that. It's a little known stat you won't find in the record books. The Cardinals have been in the playoffs so many times that they are automatically awarded the NL Central title on the first day of the season. That's how consistent they are.
In reality, since 2000, the Cardinals have been in the playoffs 11 times. Appearing in four World Series (winning two), the Cardinals have been a model of consistency. Pitching, hitting, coaching, you name it. The Cardinals do it right, with or without superstars. I don't even hate the Cardinals. I am simply tired of seeing them in the playoffs. It's time to let someone else have a shot.