Tom Verducci's playoff previews: Breaking down postseason field

Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Will the Royals' playoff stay be a short one? Can the A's bounce back from their second-half slump? Which of the Los Angeles teams has a better chance of reaching the World Series? Who is the sleeper pick of the postseason, and who has been overrated going into October? Tom Verducci answers all those questions and more in his individual team previews.

• Expert analysis, previews for each of the 10 playoff teams

Baltimore Orioles

BRADLEY: Orioles bring power, late-inning magic to postseason

Detroit Tigers

JAFFE: Tigers place hope in trio of aces, dangerous lineup

Kansas City Royals

REITER: Drought is over, but Royals face long odds in playoffs

Los Angeles Angels

KEITH: Can baseball's best player bring a championship to L.A.?

Los Angeles Dodgers

JAFFE: With Kershaw in lead, Dodgers look strong for October

Oakland Athletics

REITER: Athletics' moribund offense must wake up for playoffs

Pittsburgh Pirates

CHEN: Is last year's underdog ready to take the next step?

San Francisco Giants

CORCORAN: As second wild card, Giants' road is a tough one

St. Louis Cardinals

CORCORAN: Defending NL champions look vulnerable this time

Washington Nationals

CHEN: Featuring stacked rotation, Nationals look like NL favorites

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