OK, about a week left regular season and a few races still to be decided. A's vs. Angels for a wild card spot (or if the Rangers keep blowing it, the division race is still not over), Tigers just passed the White Sox, and the Cardinals have a 3.5 game lead over the Brewers and Dodgers. Any preferences you have?
I grew up a Dodger fan and live in Dallas, so I appreciate what Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels have done for the Rangers. I didn't expect the Dodgers to come close to the postseason this year with the McCourt drama, so I'm not upset they appear to be fading. From a Ranger fan aspect, I would love to have the A's and Orioles as wild card teams and the White Sox over Tigers, for a few reasons.
First, I'd like to see the Rangers get back to the Series and actually win it this time. My first reason for those teams is that it seems it would be easier to get back if the pitching of the Angels, Rays, and Justin Verlander weren't in the postseason (not to mention Cabrera, Fielder, Trout or Pujols). My other reason is that, in the event that the Rangers do get knocked out of the playoffs, I wouldn't have a problem with any of those other teams winning, and actually not even Detroit. So the only team I'd root against would be the Yankees. In the NL, my thought process is clear, as a Dodger fan. Anybody BUT the Giants!