Ranking All 5 AL Playoff Teams in Every Key Category

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Ranking All 5 AL Playoff Teams in Every Key Category
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Are the Rangers the strongest team in the AL bracket once again?

We no longer have to speculate about which teams are going to represent the American League in the 2012 postseason. The field finally became set on Monday night.

It's still up in the air as to exactly how each of the five AL representatives are going to go into the postseason, but at least we know who they are: the Texas Rangers and the Oakland A's from the AL West, the Detroit Tigers from the AL Central, and the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles from the AL East.

It's been oft-noted in recent days that the AL has no clear favorite for the World Series, and this is a notion that I find hard to argue. No one team stands out as head-and-shoulders above the rest.

But if we break these five teams down by their various components, we might come close. Here's how the AL's five playoff teams stack up in regards to their bats, their arms, their benches and all that good stuff.

Note: Stats are current as of the start of play on Tuesday, October 2, and they come from Baseball-Reference.com and MLB.com unless otherwise noted.

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