After an exciting chase for the two AL wild card spots that involved the game 163 that has been teased the past few seasons but not ultimately needed, we finally have the postseason teams identified:
NL Wild Card: Reds at Pirates AL Wild Card: Rays at Indians
NL Division Series: Reds/Pirates vs Cardinals, Dodgers vs Braves
AL Division Series: Rays/Indians vs Red Sox, Tigers vs Athletics
My picks: I like Rays and Pirates in the elimination games, and the Cardinals, Braves, Rays and Athletics in the division round. The Cards beat the Braves in six games in the NLCS, while Oakland beats the Rays in four or five in the ALCS. Then the Cards beat Oakland in the World Series.
A's over Tigers Red Sox over Indians Dodgers over Braves Cardinals over Pirates
Red Sox over A's Cardinals over Dodgers
Cardinals over Red Sox
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
You could FEEL it in the air in Chicago. Even though the Sox had to go and mess with the vibe by gagging hard against the Red Sox, you can still sense this could be the year that both teams actually make the postseason.