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2012 MLB Playoffs: Should the Cincinnati Reds or Texas Rangers Be Considered World Series Favorites?

With the regular season officially in the books, the 2012 MLB playoffs are set to kick off on Friday with the two Wild Card games between the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles along with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves. While there are numerous teams that are playing their best baseball at the right time of the year, there are two teams that stick out the most compared to the rest–the Cincinnati Reds and the Rangers.

After reaching the playoffs two years ago, the Reds look to use their experience from 2010 to make a run at the World Series in 2012 and they certainly have enough talent to do so. Cincinnati has one of the top starting rotations in baseball behind Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, and Homer Bailey and with two of the best bats in baseball with Jay Bruce and Joey Votto–it could be difficult for any team to overcome them during the playoffs.

As for the Rangers, there was a reason why this team has reached the World Series in each of the last two seasons and despite their recent struggles–this is the last team anyone wants to sleep on over the next couple of weeks. It’s always easier for teams with experience to make a deep run during the postseason and Texas will do everything they can to take advantage of that over the next few weeks.

So do you think the Reds and Rangers have what it takes to make a deep run at the World Series? Reach out to us on Twitter and let us know with the hashtag #RML to give us your World Series picks for 2012.

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