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Verducci's Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Verducci's Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The regular season is over, and the postseason is here. Ten teams emerged after 162 games to claim playoff spots, including the four that will face off in the two win-or-go-home Wild-Card Games. What will happen next? To find out, we broke down and analyzed all 10 teams, picking out their strengths and weaknesses and figuring out how they got from Opening Day to the postseason. Below, you'll find a capsule for each of the AL and NL playoff teams, including the wild-card entrants. Get ready for the playoffs with our handy and in-depth guide to the franchises that will be fighting it out for the championship. (Click on the team name or photo to read the full capsule.)

2014 MLB postseason schedule: Start times and TV listings

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    Greg Fiume/Getty Images

    One of the best late-inning teams in baseball, Baltimore brings some serious power into the playoffs. 

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    Carlos Osorio/AP

    They stumbled into the playoffs, but few teams can boast a lineup or rotation as dangerous as Detroit.

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    Reed Hoffmann/AP

    The 29-year postseason drought is over, but can the Royals stick around long enough to make a run?

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    Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

    The Angels were the AL's best team, but can they carry their hot streak into October?

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    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Is having the best pitcher in baseball and a dynamic lineup enough for the NL West champions?

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    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Can the A's shake off their horrible second-half slump and finally advance in the postseason?

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    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Last season's playoff surprise returns with a better offense and a formidable 1-2 punch in the rotation.

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    Denis Poroy/Getty Images

    The second wild-card team faces arguably the toughest road of all 10 squads to a championship.

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    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    The defending National League champions have the experience, but do they have the offense?

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    Alex Brandon/AP

    Led by Stephen Strasburg, the NL's top team looks primed to make a deep push into the playoffs.

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