The 2013 MLB Playoffs are all set. Well, almost. With the Wild Card now becoming a one game play-in game in the American and National League, the junior circuit must first have an additional one game play-in contest to determine who will face the Cleveland Indians in the play-in A.L. Wild Card game on Wednesday. The Texas Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday to decide who will travel to Cleveland on one day rest, with the winner of that game having to face the Boston Red Sox in one of the ALDS matchups beginning on Friday. The Oakland Athletics will host the Detroit Tigers in the other best-of-five ALDS, also beginning on Friday.
In the National League, the N.L. Central boats three of the five postseason teams. The Pittsburgh Pirates ended one of the longest losing streaks in recent memory by finally finishing with a winning record and will get to host the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card game on Tuesday. The winner of that game will face the division winners, the St. Louis Cardinals, in one of the NLDS matchups beginning on Thursday. In the other series, the Atlanta Braves will play host to the Los Angeles Dodgers.