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Fear The Cubs And Red Sox: Hot Takedown’s MLB Playoff Preview

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Oct. 4, 2016), we preview this season’s MLB playoffs with FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur. First we take a look at the National League and wonder how the Chicago Cubs could be considered unlucky when they’ve been so good. Then we move to the American League to talk about why the Boston Red Sox have surprised everyone this season and how they are even better than their record suggests. Finally, we assess the state of the NFL after four games and debate whether the Carolina Panthers’ season might be over already after a 1-3 start. Plus, a significant digit on the USA’s win over Europe in golf’s Ryder Cup.

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Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Joe Sykes produces our weekly sports podcast Hot Takedown.