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"A few weeks back I wrote about how the final wild card slot in the AL might become a “do not want” for a team with a choice between playing the Rays/Jays/Mariners by finishing with the #5 seed and playing the Guardians by finishing with the #6 seed. I’d still prefer the latter, but the gap is less than it seemed at the time, and at least in the first round, playing the Guardians means facing Bieber and McKenzie, a tall task."