The divisional races in MLB are always exciting and it’s never too early to start thinking about which teams are going to shine come September and which ones are going to crumble. Keeping that in mind, it’s not always the best team that wins the World Series as the hottest team heading into the postseason is usually the squad that winds up with the title.
Believe it or not, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2006 after winning just 83 games in the regular season. As August nears, it’s time to starting looking at teams that could make a Cardinals-like run here in 2013 and for my money, it’s going to be the Arizona Diamondbacks. While they may have a rather lacking starting rotation, Arizona has a well-rounded roster and are only going to improve as the weather gets warmer.
Everyone worried about the departure of Justin Upton, yet the D-Backs remain in first place in the NL West and Paul Goldschmidt has emerged as a definite NL MVP candidate. Not to mention, Patrick Corbin is making his case for the NL Cy Young Award — Arizona could easily be seeing some hardware later on this season. The Diamondabcks will be especially dangerous if they acquire another starting pitcher like MLB pundits are predicting.
For now, the team to beat across the league is the Boston Red Sox, who are 11 victories away from tying their win total from 2012. Let’s see if they really are the top team in the league once the regular season ends and the postseason begins.