Updating Each MLB Contender's Odds of Snatching a 2012 Playoff Spot

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Updating Each MLB Contender's Odds of Snatching a 2012 Playoff Spot
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Austin Jackson and the Detroit Tigers are watching their playoff chances slip away.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, we have a pretty good idea as to which 10 teams will be in the Major League Baseball playoffs this year. 

Though three or four of the six division races are still arguably yet to be determined, none of the current division leaders appear to be in jeopardy of losing a playoff spot. Four teams are virtually guaranteed of qualifying for the postseason. 

The drama will be in each league's wild-card race. Eight teams all have realistic shots of winning wild-card bids, though at least one of those spots is all but assured at this point. 

With the two extra wild-card spots in this year's playoff format, 15 of the MLB's 30 teams are in contention for places in the postseason. That's exactly how the MLB wanted it. But some clubs have far better chances of qualifying for the playoffs than their competitors. 

Here is how we see the odds of making the postseason for each of the 15 teams currently in playoff contention, at least based on a look at the current divisional and wild-card standings. A couple of clubs that are still mathematically in the race have probably seen their realistic chances slip away. 

All statistics mentioned here are current as of Sept. 10. 

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