Disclaimer: We know, we know, the Phillies still have a ways to go before they reach the World Series. We're not taking the NL pennant for granted by any means.
That said, if the Phils are fortunate enough to reach the Fall Classic for the third time in four years, who would you want (or not want) them to face?
The Yankees? There's a revenge factor, if that does anything for you. The Yanks' starting pitching is arguably the shakiest of any AL contender, though the emergence of Ivan Nova has quieted that talk a bit. The Yankees are probably the favorite in the AL, but it's not clear-cut by any means.
The Red Sox, Rays or Angels? One of these teams is going to win the AL wild card. All three are flawed in one sense or another. Tampa Bay could be dangerous if it gets into the postseason, due mainly to the improbability of the Rays' September comeback. Boston is the most talented of the three teams, but injuries (and John Lackey) have destroyed their season. Anaheim has a rotation that would stack up pretty favorably against the Phils, at least in the grand scheme of AL contenders.
The Tigers? Justin Verlander is as good as it gets. Miguel Cabrera is a force. And the bullpen has been lights out. Detroit is becoming a trendy pick to win the AL pennant.
The Rangers? Even though they're having a fine season, they kind of feel like the forgotten team in the American League. Hardly anyone is giving them a chance to repeat as AL champs.