Predicting Potential AL, NL Wild Card Matchups and Which Team Has the Edge

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Predicting Potential AL, NL Wild Card Matchups and Which Team Has the Edge
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The Cardinals and Braves are on a collision course to meet in the NL wild-card play-in game.

The MLB wild card used to be a simple thing. There was one in each league, and the only time we had to worry about play-in games was in years when things got weird.

Now there are two wild cards in each league, and there's going to be a wild-card play-in game every year until further notice. Things will be weird right up until the moment all of us get used to the new format, and that may take a while.

Complicating matters is the fact that the presence of the extra wild cards has given rise to a few extra contenders in each league. There are presently 10 legit wild-card contenders, five in each league. The list of potential wild-card matchups is endless (or seemingly endless, anyway).

But if I had to hazard a few educated guesses, I'd say that there are five matchups in each league that are more likely to happen than all the others.

Starting in the American League, here's a quick look at each of those 10 potential matchups.

Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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