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2014 MLB playoff predictions

The regular season is done. The wild-card games are over. The division series are underway. How will it all play out?

  • Which team will win the NLDS between the Cardinals and Dodgers? (Tied 1-1)

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      12%
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      29%
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      19%
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      40%

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  • Which team will win the NLDS between the Giants and Nationals? (Giants lead 2-0)

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      33%
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      38%
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      13%
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      16%

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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      19%
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      44%
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      16%
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      21%

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      16%
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      25%
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      14%
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      12%
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      33%

    Discuss (Total votes: 562,934)

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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: 116,726)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 75,009)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 76,680)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,443)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 31,932)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 33,162)

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Red Sox trade Lester to A's

Billy Beane may be going all-in this season. The A's have just acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox, in exchange for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Lester joins a stellar A's rotation, recently bolstered by the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija, but will he be enough to bring Beane and the A's a coveted World Series title?

  • Which side got the better of the Jon Lester trade?

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      33%
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      39%
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      28%

    Discuss (Total votes: 88,934)

  • Which trade will have a bigger impact in 2014?

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      40%
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      60%

    Discuss (Total votes: 292,446)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 127,018)

  • Who was a bigger acquisition for the A's?

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      77%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 17,463)

  • How will Yoenis Cespedes fare with the Red Sox?

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      43%
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      51%
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      6%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,987)

  • Which team will Jon Lester be playing for next season?

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      27%
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      73%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,825)

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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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,900)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,578)

  • 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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