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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%

Discuss (Total votes: 107,039)

  • 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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      44%
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      12%
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      12%

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  • Which of these teams will win the AL Central?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 23,677)

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

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      22%
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      58%
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      20%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,234)

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

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      65%
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      13%
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      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 22,801)

  • Which team will win the AL?

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      14%
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      39%
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      21%
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      18%
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      8%

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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      18%
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      44%
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      8%
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      21%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 22,807)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      20%
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      26%
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      8%
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      13%
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      33%

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Tony La Russa in the Hall of Fame?

Three-time World Series champion manager Tony La Russa will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, albeit with some of the same criticisms and questions that surrounded the Hall of Fame campaign of his most prodigious player, Mark McGwire.

There is no debating that La Russa perfected the art of managing in leading three different teams to World Series titles (the A's in 1989, Cardinals in 2006 and 2011) while racking up 2,728 wins, the third-most all time. But 43 percent of those wins came via the likely chemically induced home run output of McGwire -- the same McGwire who has been denied entry into the Hall of Fame by voters who believe his accomplishments are tainted.

La Russa has said he believes steroid-tainted players should be in the Hall of Fame, but with an asterisk, and that managers should perhaps have the same fate. Do you agree?

Should the fact that Tony La Russa achieved 43 percent of his 2,728 wins as a manager with admitted steroid user Mark McGwire affect his Hall of Fame credentials negatively?

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    23%
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    77%

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  • Should Tony La Russa (2,728 wins as a manager, three-time World Series champion) be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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      83%
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      11%
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      6%

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  • What do you make of Tony La Russa's suggestion that both proven and suspected steroid users be inducted into the Hall of Fame with an asterisk?

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      23%
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      42%
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      35%

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  • Tony La Russa says "I know 100 percent that our program was absolutely clean for everything that we could control" in regard to his time managing the A's and Cardinals. Do you believe him?

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      48%
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      52%

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  • Have you ever been to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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      19%
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      57%
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      24%

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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%

Discuss (Total votes: 30,047)

  • 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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Trout MVP in Jeter's final ASG

Beloved New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter helped the American League to a 5-3 All-Star Game win Tuesday night, going 2-for-2 with a double and a run in his final Midsummer Classic. MVP honors, however, went to the almost-undisputed best player in baseball, Mike Trout; the Los Angeles Angels outfielder went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs -- including the game-winner. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, meanwhile, stirred some controversy by saying he intentionally took it easy on Jeter (he later walked back a bit on his comments). Did Jeter get snubbed? Do you have a problem with Wainwright?

  • Who deserved All-Star Game MVP?

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      69%
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      31%

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  • Adam Wainwright says he grooved pitches for Derek Jeter during the All-Star Game. Do you have a problem with Wainwright taking it easy on Jeter?

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      44%
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      56%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,537)

  • What is your opinion of Derek Jeter?

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      36%
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      32%
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      21%
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      3%
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      8%

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  • Where does Derek Jeter rank among the best baseball players of all time?

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      10%
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      25%
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      18%
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      29%
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      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 40,341)

  • Will the Yankees (47-47) make the playoffs this season?

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      24%
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      76%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,300)

  • Should the MLB All-Star Game determine home-field advantage in the World Series?

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      46%
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      54%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,079)

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Over the next week, Buster Olney is ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. Today he is analyzing the league's best rotations Insider. Do you agree with his list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Baseball's best rotations

A's

A's

Pictured: Sonny Gray

Braves

Braves

Pictured: Julio Teheran

Cardinals

Cardinals

Pictured: Adam Wainwright

Dodgers

Dodgers

Pictured: Clayton Kershaw

Nationals

Nationals

Pictured: Stephen Strasburg

Pirates

Pirates

Pictured: Francisco Liriano

Rangers

Rangers

Pictured: Yu Darvish

Rays

Rays

Pictured: Matt Moore

Reds

Reds

Pictured: Mat Latos

Tigers

Tigers

Pictured: Max Scherzer

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