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Wild cards most compelling

Six weeks left. Eight playoff spots up for grabs. Which races are over and which ones will go down to the wire?

Originally Published: August 19, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Just as the presidential election isn't really a national election, but instead a series of closely contested elections in a handful of swing states, so it is with baseball's pennant races.

This isn't 1968 anymore, when the phrase "post-season'' didn't exist and finishing first was a ticket to the World Series. Though baseball thankfully hasn't watered down its playoffs like other sports, there are four spots in each league to be won -- three division winners and a wild-card spot.

That ...

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