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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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      66%
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      34%

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

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      22%
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      59%
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      19%

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  • 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%

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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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      18%
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      44%
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      8%
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      21%
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      9%

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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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Yasiel Puig was pretty upset after striking out swinging in the third inning of last night's game against the Padres. Naturally, he threw his helmet. He then proceeded to demonstrate the difference between an elite athlete in his prime and, say, you and me:

Those are some quick hands he's got there. We love how unfazed Puig is by the whole thing -- as if ridiculous feats of athletic prowess are just everyday occurrences for him, barely worthy of comment. He might not even remember it happening. For us, this was something awesome and memorable, but for Puig (as the line from the classic 1994 film "Street Fighter" goes), it was Tuesday.

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Hall vote for Bonds and Clemens?

Pedro Martinez is almost definitely going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he'd like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to join him. Martinez and Clemens were inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with Nomar Garciaparra and broadcaster Joe Castiglione, where Martinez said that he believes both Clemens and Bonds' numbers before accusations of steroid use against them broke would warrant induction. They're running out of time to pass the 75 percent threshold -- players' eligibility was recently reduced from 15 years to a mere 10.

  • Pedro Martinez said that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Do you agree?

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      44%
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      5%
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      9%
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      42%

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  • Would you vote for a steroid user for the Hall of Fame?

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      42%
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      58%

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  • Is Pedro Martinez a Hall of Famer?

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      42%
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      44%
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      14%

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  • What do you make of the Baseball Hall of Fame reducing player eligibility on the ballot from 15 years to 10 years?

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      62%
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      38%

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Royals in 1st; playoffs next?

Do not adjust your Internet settings. The Kansas City Royals really are in first place on Aug. 11, after beating the Oakland A's for their eighth straight win -- their 16th win in the past 19 games -- while the Detroit Tigers lost their third in a row. The Royals, in first at the latest point in a season since 2003, once again are aiming to end their nearly three-decades-long playoff drought. The Tigers, meanwhile, were eight games ahead of the Royals less than a month ago and saw their onetime ace leave after just one inning Monday. What will happen?

Will the Royals (64-53, 1/2 game up on Tigers in AL Central) make the playoffs?

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    33%
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    48%
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    19%

Discuss (Total votes: 165,047)

  • How worried should Tigers fans be about their team's recent struggles?

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      55%
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      41%
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      4%

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  • Is Justin Verlander done as an elite pitcher?

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      57%
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      43%

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  • Which is more surprising?

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      51%
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      49%

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  • Which would be better for baseball?

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      78%
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      22%

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It started with a couple of kids giving Hunter Pence a good-natured, sign-based ribbing when his San Francisco Giants visited the New York Mets:




Then, it became an all-out "thing," as other fans followed suit and the hashtag #HunterPenceSigns was born.




How did the former All-Star respond? By turning them into memes:




Oh, and his girlfriend, Alexis Cozombolidis, did, too:



Hunter Pence


wins the Internet.

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