Here's how our experts see the AL and NL division playoffs playing out:

Eduardo Encina, Orioles reporter:

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ALDS (best-of-five series)

Red Sox over Cleveland, 3-2

Boston can score runs in bunches. We've all seen that. But in the postseason good pitching usually beats good hitting. But from Sept 1. on, the Red Sox own an impressive 3.05 ERA.

Blue Jays over Rangers, 3-2 

Toronto is riding high after their wild card win, but Texas is no slouch. The Rangers are 25 games above .500 at home, so home field advantage could be a factor. As good as the Rangers starting pitching it, the Blue Jays rotation can hang with them.

NLDS (best-of-five series)

Dodgers over Nationals, 3-2

The Nationals have played well, but they still need to prove their ability to win a big postseason series. Well, I guess the Dodgers do, too. Just win for Vin.

Cubs over Giants, 3-1

Madison Bumgarner sent the Giants into the NLDS with a complete-game shutout in New York. But San Francisco can't use him until probably Game 3. Meanwile, the Cubs rotation of Lester, Hendricks, Arrieta and Lackey is pretty dang impressive.

Jon Meoli, Orioles reporter:

ALDS

Red Sox over Indians, 3-1

Boston is one of baseball's hottest teams down the stretch, and Cleveland's pitching staff is a bit too decimated to get behind, even in a short series.

Blue Jays over Rangers, 3-2

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More Game 5 fireworks from these two, only in a different venue from last year. Toronto just needs to win one of the first two games in Texas, and this series will be a blast.

NLDS

Nationals over Dodgers, 3-2

Washington finished the season in an injury-mired funk, but break their playoff hex in part because they get to Clayton Kershaw at least once.

Giants over Cubs, 3-2

This has all the makings of an upset. A talented Giants team that just squeaked into the playoffs against a Cubs team with history on its mind who hasn't played a meaningful game in a long time.

Peter Schmuck, columnist:

ALDS

Red Sox over Indians, 3-2

This would be a slam dunk if Red Sox aces David Price and Rick Porcello weren't a combined 2-9 with a 5.20 ERA in postseason play. Still, the Indians rotation is decimated by injury and the Red Sox offense is relentless.

Rangers over Blue Jays, 3-2

The Blue Jays lost key setup man Joaquin Benoit in that brawl with the Yankees and closer Roberto Osuna came up sore in the Wild Card game. They've also scored just 33 runs in their last 10 games, but starting pitchers will keep it close.

NLDS

Cubs over Giants, 3-1

The Cubs jinx and Giants' even-year magic are a tough combination, but the Cubs have got to be happy that Madison Bumgarner can pitch only once in this series.

Nationals over Dodgers, 3-2

This series comes down to two matchups between between Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer. Kershaw has dominated the Nats (10-2) over his career. Sherzer has been the more consistent postseason pitcher. Almost too close to call.

Josh Land, Orioles editor:

ALDS

Red Sox over Indians, 3-1

The Red Sox have the perfect makeup for the postseason -- elite pitching, bullpen depth and a balanced, high-powered offense. Perhaps because of their youth, they've slumped at times, but they're not likely going to stall in the ALDS, even against the talented Indians.

Blue Jays over Rangers, 3-2

Call this one a gut feeling. The Rangers were the AL's best team in the regular season, and have the kind of playoff rotation to make most teams drool. This series should be interesting after the bad blood of last October and the Odor-Bautista brawl. But the Blue Jays got it together late and that should carry them to an AL East brawl with Boston in the ALCS.

NLDS

Cubs over Giants, 3-0

It might be an even year, but the even-year Giants haven't faced a team as complete as the Cubs. As long as Chicago can get it back together after having nothing to play for for months, a World Series should be in the cards for Jake Arrieta and the North Siders.

Nationals over Dodgers, 3-1

If the Nationals have health on their side, this could finally be the year when they follow an outstanding regular season with a trip to the NLCS. The Dodgers are good, and some outstanding pitching matchups await. But Bryce Harper and the Nats should be on their way to a series with the Cubs.

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