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2014 MLB playoff predictions

The regular season is done. The wild-card games are over. The division series are underway. How will it all play out?

  • Which team will win the NLDS between the Cardinals and Dodgers? (Tied 1-1)

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      29%
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      40%

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  • Which team will win the NLDS between the Giants and Nationals? (Giants lead 2-0)

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      38%
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      13%
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      16%

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      33%

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Royals in 1st; playoffs next?

Do not adjust your Internet settings. The Kansas City Royals really are in first place on Aug. 11, after beating the Oakland A's for their eighth straight win -- their 16th win in the past 19 games -- while the Detroit Tigers lost their third in a row. The Royals, in first at the latest point in a season since 2003, once again are aiming to end their nearly three-decades-long playoff drought. The Tigers, meanwhile, were eight games ahead of the Royals less than a month ago and saw their onetime ace leave after just one inning Monday. What will happen?

Will the Royals (64-53, 1/2 game up on Tigers in AL Central) make the playoffs?

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    33%
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    19%

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  • How worried should Tigers fans be about their team's recent struggles?

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      55%
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  • Is Justin Verlander done as an elite pitcher?

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  • Which is more surprising?

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  • Which would be better for baseball?

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      22%

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You might recall last week when musician Jack White took in a Chicago Cubs game and looked, um, unhappy.

Well, his tour of baseball sadness continued Tuesday in Detroit, where White was invited to throw out the first pitch before the White Sox-Tigers game. Naturally, he seemed as melancholy as ever when he stepped up ...


Jack WhiteLeon Halip/Getty Images

And threw ...


Jack WhiteRick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports

And this is him before he -- wait. What is that? A SMILE?!


WhiteLeon Halip/Getty Images

What in the world could White possibly be happy about? Is it because Detroit is White's hometown? Or might it be, perhaps, because he threw the pitch to Santa Claus?


The glee didn't end there, though. Tigers mascot PAWS managed to snag a selfie with St. Nick and White in the tunnel, and:



We're just never going to get used to Happy Jack White.


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