Predicting The 10 MLB Playoff Teams
10 MLB Playoff Teams
With approximately 14 games remaining for most teams until the end of the regular season, fans are getting excited to see who will be playing in the 2012 MLB playoffs. Some of the teams this year are surprises while others have been in this position before. With the addition of a second Wild Card spot, the drama and excitement of the MLB postseason will reach new heights that fans have never seen before. Not to mention, the fact that the four Wild Card teams will have to play a one-game playoff will add to the thrill. There is a reason why everyone loves to watch the NFL playoffs and that is because of the single game elimination. Fans have always wondered what it would be like to experience that in baseball or basketball and now they will. It will also be exciting to watch several MVP candidates perform in the postseason, as well as, see new players rise above the rest. As of right now, any player could be this year’s David Freese. A player who played decent during the regular season but exploded during the playoffs and was a major reason why the St. Louis Cardinals went on to win the World Series. Some people find it hard to watch an entire MLB regular season because of the long hours and 162 games. However, everyone can agree the postseason brings a completely different atmosphere. The following slides are our prediction for the 10 teams that will clinch a postseason berth.
The American League’s top seed will belong to the Texas Rangers, who are currently 18 games above .500. The Rangers have represented the AL in the last two World Series and there is no reason to believe anything will be different this year. Look for Texas to coast their way to another AL pennant behind one of the game’s top offenses.
The Baltimore Orioles are certainly one of the surprise teams this season as it is quite amazing they are able to compete in the AL East. I believe their confidence and team chemistry is what gives them an edge over the New York Yankees to win the division. Not to mention, they have not been to the postseason since 1997 so it is about time they get a shot at the dance.
The Detroit Tigers may be currently two games back of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central division, but with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder leading the charge I am confident they will be able to clinch. The Tigers have won six of their last eight and look ready to do whatever it takes to make a push.
New York Yankees
The Yankees currently lead the Orioles by a half of a game in the AL East but I do not believe they are destined to win the division. They will be one of two AL Wild Card teams and will continue their remarkable postseason streak of playing in October for the 17th time out of the last 18 years. With their overpowering offense, there is no doubt they will get past the first round with ease.
The Oakland Athletics have not tasted the postseason for 11 years. They have a 3.5 game lead on the second Wild Card spot and do not intend to relinquish it. The Athletics may not be the flashiest team on offense but their pitching is what gets the job done, as they rank second in the AL in ERA (3.50) and earned runs (520).
The Washington Nationals fans have been waiting a long time for this day to come. After years of suffering with some of the worst losing seasons in recent memory, Washington is ready to make a legitimate run at a World Series berth. Unfortunately, they will have to do it without their ace Stephen Strasburg.
After missing out on the playoffs last season and getting embarrassed in the postseason the year before that, the Cincinnati Reds are ready to make a run at it this time around. Cincinnati currently has the second best record in all of baseball and has an outstanding pitching staff that is prepared to back it up.
San Francisco Giants
After missing out on the postseason last year, the San Francisco Giants want to get back to their winning ways and taste another World Series victory. The Giants are not overpowering on offense or defense, but that does not matter because no one had them winning it all back in 2010 either.
After last year’s epic collapse, the Atlanta Braves want to do what they feel is right and give legend Chipper Jones one last chance at a World Series ring. After getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers last week they appear to be limping at the wrong time of the year. However, they still have a big enough lead in the National League Wild Card race to clinch a spot.
The Brewers are currently on an epic hot streak in which they have won 22 of their last 28 games and seven of their last nine. Milwaukee currently leads the NL in home runs (185), stolen bases (143), and strikeouts (1,278) among other major statistical categories. The last team to do that was the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, who went on to win the World Series. Are the Brewers this year’s St. Louis Cardinals?