Most teams would jump at the chance to trade a AA relief pitching prospect for a switch hitting, multiple position fielding major leaguer on a reasonable AAV, and jump the A's did in bring back Jed Lowrie.
The Mets rode their pitching past the free-swinging Cubs in the NLCS, but the Royals employ a vastly different offensive approach. Will New York's defense play well enough to keep Kansas City from chasing their young studs off the mound early?
The Royals, without the same bullpen they rode to the World Series last year, face the most explosive offense in baseball against the Blue Jays. Unless there is a power outage in Toronto, Kansas City faces a tall task in the ALCS.
Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina go down, but the Cardinals remain the class of baseball. Can they make yet another extended playoff run?
The Blue Jays have been red-hot since acquiring Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, moving into the top five for the first time all season.