After what was basically the single most intense and crazy and exciting regular season day in MLB history, Atalanta and Boston completed their incredible collapses, the Rays came back from 7 down, and the Rangers wrapped up the 2nd seed in the 9th.
So, here are the playoff match-ups.
DET @ NYY - ALDS (best of 5)
TB @ TEX - ALDS (best of 5)
STL @ PHI - NLDS (best of 5)
ARI @ MIL - NLDS (best of 5)
If we go by the recent trend of best starting pitching winning in the playoffs, then you'd pick the Tigers and Rays in the AL... but the Yanks have a better team ERA than the Tigers.
In the NL, you'd pick Phillies and Milwaukee, but again, the D-backs have the best ace in their series with the Brewers, much like the Tigers have the much better 1-2 starters than the Yankees, even if team ERA is higher.
I'll be pulling hard for my Tigers, of course, but also will generally cheer for the Rays and D-Backs. The Rays have the 2nd lowest payroll in baseball, and the D-backs are just a few teams higher. It's nice to see the "buy everything in sight" teams fall to them.