By Tyler Ruby on July 10, 2014
There are a number of good MLB teams and it should be interesting to see how it all plays out once we get into August and September. While these five teams currently sit outside of the playoff picture, they have the best chance to get hot and make the playoffs.
The playoffs will not feel the same without the St.Louis Cardinals. They are the prototypical franchise for a organization to follow. They sit two games back of Milwaukee in the NL Central, and they are tied for a wild card spot. Unfortunately, the injury to Yadier Molina couldn't have come at a worse time, but they need to make a run soon if they wish to make the playoffs.
If the Cleveland Indians wish to make the playoffs in back-to-back years, then they need to put a winning streak together, and quickly. It all starts with their pitching. It hasn't been nearly as strong as previous seasons. Their team ERA is close to four, and outside of Corey Kluber, their starters have been underwhelming. They need to turn the pitching around if they are going to make a run.
The New York Yankees can't miss out on the playoffs for the second year in a row, can they? Well right now, the Yankees currently sit four games back of the Baltimore Orioles and three games behind a wild card spot. I'm not sure that they have the roster makeup to make a run, but we need to see Derek Jeter in the playoffs one last time.
Selfishly, I really want to see Kansas City in the playoffs, and there is a legitimate possibility that they could accomplish this. They have struggled for so many years and are finally seeing some success after years of rebuild. They are within striking distance of Detroit as they only sit 4.5 games back. In the wild card, they are 1.5 games back. The Royals will need to play well down the home stretch in order to reach the playoffs.
After an unbelievably rough start to the season, Clint Hurdle and the Pittsburgh Pirates have turned it around this year. They have a record of 47-44 and sit 3.5 games back of Milwaukee in the division and two games back in the wild card race. They have the young talent, and they have been there before. They need to kick it into gear soon if the playoffs are to be in their future.
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