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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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    16%
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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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      11%

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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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 33,341)

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

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      20%
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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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 31,882)

  • 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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      18%
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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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MLB second half predictions?

The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!

Which team will win the AL East?

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    55%
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    20%
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    15%
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    10%

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  • Which team will win the AL Central?

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      84%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,773)

  • Which team will win the AL West?

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      74%
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      22%
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      4%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,790)

  • Which team will win the NL East?

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      48%
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      45%
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      7%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,473)

  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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      25%
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      47%
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      10%
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      13%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,717)

  • Which team will win the NL West?

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      70%
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      27%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,539)

  • Which team will win the American League?

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      14%
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      48%
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      8%
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      19%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,095)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      11%
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      19%
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      42%
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      8%
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      20%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,861)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      9%
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      23%
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      14%
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      12%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 284,300)

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Blame for Brewers-Pirates brawl?

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 14 innings Sunday, moving to an MLB-best 14-5 on the season. But that didn't take the headlines; instead, it was a big brawl that drew the most attention. It started when center fielder Carlos Gomez flipped his bat and looked on after hitting a ball deep to center field. Gomez ended up with a triple, and pitcher Gerrit Cole took exception to Gomez's behavior (Gomez says he thought the ball would be caught). Words led to punches, and ultimately Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected. On Tuesday, Gomez (three games), Snyder (two games), the Pirates' Russell Martin (one game) and the Brewers' Martin Maldonado (five games for punching Sinder) were suspended.

  • Who is to blame for the brawl between the Brewers and Pirates on Sunday?

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      33%
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      36%
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      31%

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  • Do you have a problem with hitters flipping their bats and/or posing?

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      23%
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      40%
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      37%

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  • What is your opinion of Carlos Gomez?

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      24%
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      50%
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      26%

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  • What do you make of Carlos Gomez being suspended three games for his role in Sunday's Brewers-Pirates brawl?

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      29%
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      47%
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      24%

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Opening day sees first replays

Monday was a historic Major League Baseball opening day, and not because the defending champion Boston Red Sox lost. It featured the first uses of MLB's new extended replay system, in which a large number of calls can be challenged. The first attempt came in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs; there, Chicago manager Rick Renteria disputed a double-play call, but it was upheld. The first successful challenge came from Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who prompted a Ryan Braun infield single to be overturned in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-0 victory. How do you feel about the new system?

What do you make of MLB's replay challenge system?

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    31%
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    55%
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    14%

Discuss (Total votes: 55,091)

  • What would be the best level of replay in baseball?

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      7%
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      3%
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      20%
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      55%
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      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,635)

  • How many replay challenges should MLB managers receive per game?

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      6%
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      11%
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      65%
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      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,411)

  • How much will a replay challenge system affect the length of MLB games?

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      17%
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      56%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,806)

  • What would be a more efficient way of getting calls right in baseball?

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      77%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,995)

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