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Early MLB playoff predictions

MLB playoff-clinching season is here. The Los Angeles Angels snagged a playoff spot Monday and later locked up the AL West. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals cemented their respective division titles Tuesday. Meanwhile, it appears the wild-card races are the most competitive, with each league seemingly embroiled in a three-way scrape for two spots. How will it all play out?

How will the Angels fare in the playoffs?

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    35%
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    24%
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    25%

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  • How will the Nationals fare in the playoffs?

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      33%
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      39%
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      17%
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  • How will the Orioles fare in the playoffs?

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      32%
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      43%
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      12%
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      13%

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  • Which of these teams will win the AL Central?

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      67%
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      33%

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  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      62%
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      18%

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  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      68%
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      13%
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      19%

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  • Which team will win the AL?

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      14%
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      39%
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      20%
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      18%
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      9%

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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      45%
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      8%
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      21%
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      8%

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      20%
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      27%
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      8%
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      12%
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      33%

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Tigers get David Price from Rays

Oh, you thought Jon Lester-for-Yoenis Cespedes was the only major trade of deadline day? Not so fast. The Detroit Tigers have landed David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a three-team deal that keeps Motown's team firmly in the chase for that elusive next World Series. The Seattle Mariners, meanwhile, get Austin Jackson, while the Rays have picked up Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin. What do you make of it?

More: Your take on the Jon Lester trade?

  • Which trade will have a bigger impact in 2014?

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  • Is David Price still an elite pitcher?

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      9%

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  • Who is the Tigers' best pitcher?

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      28%
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      3%
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      27%

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  • How will the Tigers fare this season?

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      10%
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      35%
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      15%
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      35%

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  • Will the Mariners make the playoffs?

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      32%
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      68%

    Discuss (Total votes: 20,076)

  • What do you make of the Rays' part in the David Price trade?

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      19%
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      81%

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  • Which team will win the American League?

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      46%
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      36%
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      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 62,010)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      6%
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      36%
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      17%
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      15%
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      26%

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Cano returns to Yankee Stadium

Robinson Cano is set to return to Yankee Stadium tonight, and though both his current and former teams have been outscored by eight runs this season, their relative positions are quite different. The Yankees find themselves atop the AL East, while the Mariners are struggling in the AL West. Less generous Yankees fans might end up choosing to remind Cano of that fact tonight, but it might not be particularly fair to boo a player that helped your team win a World Series. You never quite know with the Bleacher Creatures.

How should Yankees fans react to Robinson Cano in his first game back in New York?

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    44%
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    32%

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  • Which would have been a better fit for Robinson Cano?

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      31%
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      69%

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  • Will the Mariners ever win a World Series with Robinson Cano?

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      15%
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      85%

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Robinson Cano lacks hustle?

Robinson Cano is across the country now, a New York Yankee-turned-Seattle Mariner. But that hasn't kept memories of the star second baseman out of New York hitting coach Kevin Long's mind -- and they're not all good. Long still recalls calling Cano out for his lack of hustle to first base on grounders, saying he "chose not to" fix that part of his game. That's not to say Cano was lazy all around; Long credits the 31-year-old for improving his swing, his body and much more. It's also hard to argue with Cano's production while in the Bronx. Does that make all this hustle talk just talk?

  • What do you make of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long calling out Robinson Cano for his lack of hustle while in New York?

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      53%

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  • How do you feel about players jogging to first base on grounders?

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      47%
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      32%
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      21%

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  • How much does a lack of hustle to first base affect the way you assess Robinson Cano and other players?

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      32%
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      51%
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      17%

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  • How much will the Yankees miss Robinson Cano this season?

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      56%
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      34%
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      10%

    Discuss (Total votes: 20,706)

  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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      52%
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      22%
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      9%
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      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 33,443)

  • The Mariners went 71-91 in 2013. How many games will they win in 2014?

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      19%
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      41%
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      34%
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      6%

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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

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Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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