Taking a gander at the Baseball Prospectus postseason odds report (subscription req'd) shows the following teams at 50% or higher in terms of their chances to reach the playoffs:
Red Sox: 85%
White Sox: 76%
Knock the White Sox off that list and you've got six teams who are in the middle of playing one another, thanks to the wonders of interleague action. No, I'm not referring to the Indians-Rockies matchup. Instead, the Red Sox-Phillies series, Athletics-Diamondbacks series, and Rays-Cubs series have all been called World Series previews by various sources, including Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels:
"We can compete with them any day of the week. Hopefully, we're destined to play them in the World Series."
That's a reasonable guess, Cole. But which permutation or combination of those six teams would be most likely to meet in the Fall Classic? Cubs-Red Sox? Phillies-A's? Rays-Diamondbacks? Who knows? What do you all think?
FYI, the Mariners currently have a 0.01307% chance of making the playoffs. And yes, that's absurdly higher than I thought.