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I personally believe that the teams in the postseason this year are miles better than they were last year.
Of the three teams (Yanks, Phillies, and Twins) that made it back to the postseason from last year, the Yankees seem to be weaker than the other two.
The lack of quality starts from Burnett, the uncertainty of Pettitte, and the loss of experience in Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui are all key points when making a comparison to last year's World Series champions.
The Twins ran away late with their division and I expect Joe Mauer and company to bring it.
With the addition of Cliff Lee, the Rangers, who always give the Yankees trouble, are a force. If Josh Hamilton is healthy, they could go a long way.
Tampa Bay may be the scariest team of them all in the AL. I think they're better than the Red Sox or Angels were last year. David Price is a stud, and they have great speed and talent at all positions.
As a whole, I think the AL is stronger than the NL, but the NL probably has the best overall team in the Philadelphia Phillies.
In addition to one of the best lineups in baseball, they greatly improved on their starting rotation. The name Halladay rings a bell.
I'm rooting for Bobby Cox in his farewell, but the Atlanta Braves are a little banged up. They do have a great starting rotation however.
The San Francisco Giants will live and die by Tim Lincecum, so we'll have to see.
The Cincinnati Reds are in the postseason for the first time since Bill Clinton was president, so the fans are probably just happy to see them in. They are a good team, but I don't see them getting past the Phillies.