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Lopsided Is MLB’s New Normal

Before the MLB playoffs get going, Hot Takedown reflects on the 2019 regular season. We discuss if a season that felt like a highlight reel was actually good for baseball, whether the wild-card games should exist and who we think will win it all.

The first month of college football is behind us, and after a close call this weekend, Clemson — our playoff model’s favorite — dropped in the AP poll. The crew debates the value of college football polls and what we’re watching for during the rest of the season.

The 2019-20 NHL season starts on Wednesday, and the defending champs, the St. Louis Blues, are far from the favorites to repeat. Our Rabbit Hole brings historical context to this disrespect in a retrospective on NHL betting markets.

What we’re looking at this week:

Grace Lynch is the former producer of Hot Takedown.

Sara Ziegler is the former sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Geoff Foster is the former sports editor of FiveThirtyEight.