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Game-by-Game Projections for All Wild-Card Contenders over the Final 2 Weeks
Kevin Sullivan/The Orange County Register

Major League Baseball has expanded its postseason in 2012 to make September a must-watch month. With only 10 days of competition remaining, that's exactly what we're experiencing.

Projecting the final few series for every wild-card contender will tell us who advances to the one-game playoffs.

The majority of MLB teams are above .500 and still playing meaningful games. Of course, the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants have already clinched their divisions, and the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals will inevitably follow suit.

Then there are the AL Central leaders, the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. Whomever finishes runner-up in that division won't have enough victories to factor into the wild-card race. Also, I've excluded the Philadelphia Phillies (77-76) because their deficit in the standings is overwhelming.

So that leaves us with 10 clubs who may wind up fighting for their lives in winner-take-all matchups on October 5.

I simulated reality and made the following American and National League picks.

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