2014 team playoff previews: Capsules, analysis for all 10 teams
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.)
They stumbled into the playoffs, but few teams can boast a lineup or rotation as dangerous as Detroit.
The 29-year postseason drought is over, but can the Royals stick around long enough to make a run?
The Angels were the AL's best team, but can they carry their hot streak into October?
Is having the best pitcher in baseball and a dynamic lineup enough for the NL West champions?
Can the A's shake off their horrible second-half slump and finally advance in the postseason?
Last season's playoff surprise returns with a better offense and a formidable 1-2 punch in the rotation.
The second wild-card team faces arguably the toughest road of all 10 squads to a championship.
The defending National League champions have the experience, but do they have the offense?