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2014 Postseason Rooting Guide: American League

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The Arena League doesn't have much to recommend it, but if you can stomach a parade of designated hitters, it's an alternative to the Dodgers, Giants, and Cardinals.

I'd vote him AL Manager of the Year just for that scruff.
I'd vote him AL Manager of the Year just for that scruff.
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It's hard to root for most of the playoff teams on the Senior Circuit, because we've developed a deep and abiding loathing for those jerks. What does the American League have to offer? It can't be worse than the Dodgers and the Giants.

AL West: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (98-64)

Pros

Look, if you don't enjoy watching Mike Trout be Mike Trout, you should consider seeing a therapist, as you have become inured to all joy. Our old friend Joe Thatcher and Huston Street will also see some postseason action with the Halos. And beyond just being home to a couple of former Friars, they also share the Padres' love for religious iconography.

Cons

That name. Yes, the Angels did get their start in LA, but they play in Anaheim now, and this just adds to their decades of identity issues. They do have one current connection with LA, though: They spend money like the Dodgers.

AL Central: Detroit Tigers (90-72)

Pros

They're led by rookie manager, former Padre, and all-time dreamboat Brad Ausmus. We need the Tigers to do well just so we can lust after him all October.

Cons

God, Ausmus is so pretty. I mean, it's just not fair. Does he need to be that good looking and get a World Series ring? Share the wealth, dude.

AL East: Baltimore Orioles (96-66)

Pros

We run into even more old friends in Baltimore, with Nick Hundley, Brad Brach, and Ryan Webb all having found their way to Camden Yards. Speaking of which, the home of the O's might be the most photogenic ballpark in the playoffs.

Cons

The Orioles share their fanbase with the Baltimore Ravens. Do you really want to be on the same side as these guys?

Wild Card: Kansas City Royals (89-73)

Pros

The last time the Royals went to the postseason, Bud Black was a member of their starting rotation. He helped them to a World Series championship.

Cons

Look, we got rid of the monarchy for a reason. Kansas City's insistence on keeping it around is bizarre.

Wild Card: Oakland Athletics (88-74)

Pros

My mom is pulling for them. Hi, Mom! They hate the Giants almost as much as we do. Our old friends Luke Gregerson and Evan Scribner are wearing the green and gold these days.

Cons

If the Giants lose their wild card game and the A's win theirs, all the Giants bandwagon fans will jump onto the A's bandwagon. And let's not forget the overlap with those awful Raiders fans.