A casual fan's guide to the MLB playoffs

The MLB playoffs have arrived. Here's what you need to know.

Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber.
(Image credit: David Maxwell/Getty Images)

It's October — when baseball's 162-game marathon gives way to a series of herky-jerky sprints. And with 10 of Major League Baseball's 30 teams making it to the postseason, you're likely to have at least some rooting interest (either for or against) a team still in contention.

Two postseason teams — the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies — have already fallen in two thoroughly entertaining single elimination Wild Card games. That leaves eight clubs standing as two of the four Division Series kick off tonight.

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