Los Angeles Times

Pros and Cons: A look at the 8 AL wild card contenders

When baseball added a second wild card in each league this season, the thinking was it would keep more teams in the hunt as the season wore down. So far, so good -- especially in the American League. There are currently 8 AL teams that either occupy one of the two wild card spots or are within three games of the second one. Each team has its own pros and cons that have landed it in this spot. Here's a look at a pro and con for each of those teams. After going through, take your best stab at picking which two teams will play in the inaugural wild card playoff in October. (NOTE: Stats through Tuesday's play.) -- David Selig
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