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Down the stretch they come - Jason Stark article with playoff odds

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Postseason odds Somebody has to calculate the chances that miracles can happen. Fortunately, our friends at coolstandings.com have played out the last seven weeks of the season a million times. (Better them than us.) And they tell us the most likely playoff matchups look like this: American League: • Wild-card game: Tigers at Rays • Division Series: Wild card vs. Yankees (No. 1 seed), White Sox (No. 3) vs. Rangers (No. 2) • Wild-card odds: Rays (50.6 percent wild card/60.1 percent of making playoffs), Tigers (30.5/59.2 percent), Athletics (31.8/43.9 percent), Angels (22.1/28.0 percent), Orioles (19.7/21.6 percent), Red Sox (6.2/6.7 percent). • First-place team most likely to wind up in the wild-card scramble: White Sox. National League: • Wild-card game: Cardinals at Braves • Division Series: Wild card vs. Nationals (No. 1 seed), Dodgers (No. 3) vs. Reds (No. 2) • Wild-card odds: Braves (62.7 percent wild card/93.7 percent of making playoffs), Cardinals (46.9/58.0 percent), Pirates (34.2/40.9 percent), Giants (4.7/47.9 percent), Diamondbacks (2.5/16.0 percent). • First-place team most likely to wind up in the wild-card scramble: Dodgers

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