With only a little more than a month to go, the gun commencing the 2012 MLB playoff race has finally been shot—no team is safe. Some division leaders have a bit more cushion but, as of right now, any team can be dethroned.
The wild card position in the American league is as tight one might expect.
The contenders—Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Oakland and Detroit—are all currently within a game of each other. Plus, the White Sox lead the Tigers in the Central Division by only two wins.
There is a bit more of a gap in the National League.
The Atlanta Braves set the bar high for the rest of the league. However, it's not high enough to topple the Washington Nationals for the lead in the East Division. St. Louis is two wins behind Atlanta and the Los Angeles Dodgers—four wins behind—are also wild card contenders.
Here are five teams that will come up short this postseason.