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There will be a lot of competition in the American League this year for the five playoff spots. The AL East and the AL West will be very hotly contested.
Three teams in the AL East will be fighting over two spots in the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Rays will win the division, while the Boston Red Sox will win the second wild-card spot by one game over the Yankees.
Both the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels will make the playoffs with the Rangers as the division champions and the Angels taking the first wild-card spot.
The Detroit Tigers will have an easy path to an American League Central crown.
Los Angeles will take care of the Red Sox in the one-game playoff and face the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs. The matchup of Albert Pujols vs. Prince Fielder will be a great one, and the Angels will come out on top.
Texas will be able to win a tight series against the Rays to face the Angels in an American League West showdown.
Although the Rangers won the season series, the Angels will come away with the much more important playoff series victory by winning in Game 7.