So for the NL, you have:
- the Philadelphia Phillies, who've won the NL East division for the fourth consecutive year,
- the Cincinnati Reds, who've won their first NL Central title since 1995 (to put this into perspective, it was pointed out that Jay Bruce was only 7 years old when the Reds last won the division),
- the San Francisco Giants, who put away the Padres on the final day of the season, and
- the Wild Card winners, the Atlanta Braves, who waited to see if there would have to be a game 163 to determine the WC winner.
The AL has these four teams going into the postseason:
- the Tampa Bay Rays, who have now won their second AL East division crown in three seasons,
- the Minnesota Twins, the first team to punch their tickets to the playoffs,
- the Texas Rangers, who are still seeking their first divisional series win,
- and the New York Yankees, the defending World Champs and the AL Wild Card winners, who while having a better record than either Texas and Minnesota, come in as the "fourth-seed" because Tampa had a better season head to head.