A look at all 16 possible World Series matchups

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              Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, left, congratulates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole after the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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There will be a new World Series champion this year, because the Boston Red Sox didn’t make the postseason.

In fact, only one champ from the past seven years _ Houston _ is in the remaining playoff field. Teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Nationals have certainly fielded good teams in recent years, only to fall short one way or another. Now they have another chance.

With the wild card games out of the way, there are 16 possible World Series matchups left. Here’s a list of them all _ and what could make each of them interesting. The matchups are listed in descending order of likelihood, using probability figures from Fangraphs.com heading into Thursday’s action: