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TBLA Tuesday morning links: Oct. 1, 2019

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Let the games begin

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Postseason officially begins today with the NL Wild Card happening later today.

Thirty MLB experts voted on who they believe will win each series matchup, going all the way to the World Series. The conclusion isn’t very Dodgers-fan friendly.

On the other side, Sports Illustrated asked their team of experts to predict the World Series winner, and this one is much more blue than the previous.

Tom Verducci: Los Angeles has a relentless offense and elite starting pitching. The Dodgers will need AL teams to extract a toll out of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole through the first two rounds. Walker Buehler is the difference maker in the series.

The Washington Post had an interesting take on the Postseason content, identifying each playoff team’s biggest weakness. Can you guess what the Dodgers’ weakness is?

It’s Manager Firing Season, and one of the early fires came just south of Los Angeles. The Angels fired manager Brad Ausmus.

The Angels certainly didn’t produce the results they hoped in 2019, finishing out the season with a 72-90 record. But Ausmus was at the helm for one of what was surely one of the most tumultuous and difficult seasons in franchise history, guiding the team through the tragic loss of perhaps the heart of its clubhouse: left-hander Tyler Skaggs.