The Playoffs In July

The Giants may be defending champs but their chances of creating a dynasty are under 1% now and they should become sellers the next two days. On the other hand the Rays, A’s, and Tigers all look like they could string a few more winning seasons together after this one and it would be surprising if they missed out on at least a Wild Card at this point.

Here are the teams I would classify with a nice shot at making the 2013 MB postseason

  • Tigers
  • Rays
  • Red Sox
  • Athletics
  • Cardinals
  • Pirates
  • Braves

So’s there’s seen really rounded teams that I would be surprised if they didn’t make at least a Wild Card game.  I think this postseason will be very fun to watch.

Here’s the teams with a good or decent shot, but could still miss the playoffs

  • Orioles
  • Yankees
  • Indians
  • Rangers
  • Nationals
  • Reds
  • Dodgers
  • Diamondbacks

The most surprising team on this list is the Nationals no doubt, with their talent they should be a Wild Card at least, and their chances keep decreasing because the NL Central looks like they have a really strong division and will yield both Wild Card teams.  The Yankees could always make a push because they’re the Yankees and find ways to win under their management but this year injuries and old players seem to take away that possibility.  The Orioles are a tough team and one good trade away from being a team that I wouldn’t be surprised to see in the ALCS.  The Dodgers and Diamondbacks I expect to see go down to the final days of the season, if not final day, but the Dodgers star-studded roster makes them favorites for me.  The Reds are the strongest team on this list but they are also in the toughest division and in third, so anything can happen with that fifth wild card if they start to skid some.  The Rangers are strong too but I can’t see a spot in the playoffs for them unless they can pass the Athletics, but they have a shot at the Wild Card too but they need to get hot and stay hot, it’s all possible.  I’d take the Reds, Dodgers, and Orioles to round out my playoff teams.  And the Rangers and Nationals the sixth best in their leagues.

Would Need to Be A Cinderella Team

  • Rockies
  • Giants
  • Royals

The top two have a small and at that very small chance to win the West as they are in the weakest division in baseball.  The Royals have gotten hot, which is the start to the perfect recipe

Sellers

  • Blue Jays
  • White Sox
  • Twins
  • Mariners
  • Angels
  • Astros
  • Mets
  • Marlins
  • Phillies
  • Cubs
  • Brewers
  • Padres

These teams don’t really have a shot, but they may call up some fun prospects to watch near the end of their seasons.  I say the Marlins lose 98 and avoid a disaster, they could do even better and the Astros take the number pick in 2014 in the MLB Draft with around 104-105 losses.

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