The Tampa Bay Rays may not have the biggest national following normally, but right now they are the most popular team in baseball. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts results, a clear majority of baseball fans want the Rays to win the World Series. If there are any D-backs fans cheering for the Dodgers, please turn in your fan card immediately. Los Angeles is that way. >>>>
Of course, just because that’s who fans want to win, doesn’t mean they think the Rays will actually pull it off. When asked who they think will win, results were much more split.
A plurality of fans, 31 percent, think the Rays will win the World Series in six games. [This poll was taken before last night’s contest, obviously!] The next most popular response was the Dodgers winning in six, followed by the Rays in seven.
Fans were also asked a number of other questions about the World Series. The most popular selections for World Series MVP was Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, followed by Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena.
Arozarena also was most selected as the player who would lead the series in home runs, getting 35 percent of the vote. He was followed by Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager.
The real battle in the minds of fans will be between the Rays pitchers and the Dodgers hitters. Fans think the Dodgers will hit more home runs as a team, but the Rays bullpen will have a better ERA than the Dodgers starting rotation.
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