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Royals look to top last season's runner-up finish
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Royals look to top last season's runner-up finish
SI Staff
Thursday October 8th, 2015

Eight teams remain in the MLB postseason, but only four can advance to the next round to continue their October quest to World Series glory. With the wild-card games complete, the matchups are set for the National League and American League Division Series: The NL Central champion Cardinals will host the wild-card winning Cubs, the NL West champ Dodgers will take on the NL East champion Mets, the AL Central-winning Royals will face the wild-card Astros, and the AL East-conquering Blue Jays will battle the surprising AL West champion Rangers.

Which teams will move on to play for the AL and NL pennants? Here are Sports Illustrated's expert picks for all four first-round series.

MORE MLB: Full postseason schedule, start times, TV listings

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Tom Verducci
Chicago
Cubs

Los Angeles
Dodgers

Kansas City
Royals

Toronto
Blue Jays
Albert Chen
Chicago
Cubs

New York
Mets

Houston
Astros

Toronto
Blue Jays
Ben Reiter
Chicago
Cubs

New York
Mets

Houston
Astros

Toronto
Blue Jays
Cliff Corcoran
Chicago
Cubs

New York
Mets

Kansas City
Royals

Toronto
Blue Jays
Jay Jaffe
St. Louis
Cardinals

New York
Mets

Kansas City
Royals

Toronto
Blue Jays
Joe Sheehan
St. Louis
Cardinals

Los Angeles
Dodgers

Kansas City
Royals

Toronto
Blue Jays
Stephen Cannella
Chicago
Cubs

Los Angeles
Dodgers

Kansas City
Royals

Toronto
Blue Jays
Emma Span
Chicago
Cubs

Los Angeles
Dodgers

Kansas City
Royals

Toronto
Blue Jays
Ted Keith
Chicago
Cubs

New York
Mets

Kansas City
Royals

Toronto
Blue Jays
Ryan Krasnoo
Chicago
Cubs

Los Angeles
Dodgers

Houston
Astros

Toronto
Blue Jays
Jon Tayler
St. Louis
Cardinals

New York
Mets

Kansas City
Royals

Toronto
Blue Jays

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