With the Phillies' playoff hopes all but dashed and the potential for a Red October appearing like a virtual impossibility, it's a fair question to ask:
-Is it the Dodgers, a nemesis of the Phillies in years past, though a team that now sports former Phils in Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton?
-Is it a 2012 overachiever and World Series longshot, like the Pirates, White Sox, A's or Orioles?
-Is it a team that has never won the World Series, like the Rays or Rangers, or a team that hasn't won a title in more than two decades, like the Reds or Tigers?
-It's not an NL East rival like the Braves or Nationals ... right? And it can't be the Giants or Cardinals, the last two teams to knock out the Phillies? And you're certainly not rooting for the Yankees to win championship #28, are you?
Beerleaguer: I'm eliminating teams like the Pirates, A's, Orioles and Rays, since I believe that ultimately they're too flawed to realistically have a shot at the World Series this season. And it's just not in my nature to root for the Yankees, Braves, Nationals, Cardinals, Dodgers or Giants. So, I'd say that I'm rooting for the Tigers, Rangers and Reds, probably in that order.