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SB Nation Reacts: Who can be the biggest postseason surprise?

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Astros fans, sign up HERE to join Reacts.

The 2020 season is going to be remembered for a lot of weird things. Obviously the pandemic, for one. Rule changes are another. For example, teams now only have to complete seven innings for both games of a doubleheader. In that case, a starting pitcher would only have to go seven innings to record a perfect game, no-hitter, or shut out. In turn, fans were asked to vote if they would count a seven inning no-hitter in the record books.

And most were not in favor of it. Can’t say I blame them as we’ve long been taught that a regular baseball game ought to be nine innings long. No-hitting an opposing team across seven innings is impressive, however, it does feel like a cheapened version of the accomplishment. If anything, a seven inning no-hitter ought to be fondly remembered, but I would include a designation about its circumstances. Just not the same, to be honest.

The coolest part of the season thus far is seeing a number of teams advanced to the postseason for the first time in years. The Padres are a fan favorite in this regard. In fact, nearly sixty percent of fans voted for San Diego to be the surprise team this postseason with the White Sox coming in a distant second.

There is a lot to like about this year’s Padres team. Reminds me a bit of the 2015 Astros, to be honest.

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