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Handicapping MLB Teams' Odds to Make the Playoffs
Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
Can Ryan Braun and the Brewers beat the odds and make the playoffs?

With less than two weeks remaining in the 2012 MLB season, most of the playoff field has been determined.

Thanks to the addition of a second wild-card playoff spot, however, hope is alive for more teams as we approach the end of the season. We count 16 teams that have a chance of playing past Oct. 3 on their schedules. 

What are the odds of those contenders making the playoffs? Well, that's what we're here to figure out.

Since the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds have officially clinched postseason berths, however, there's no sense in listing their odds. The San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are all but assured of being in the playoffs as well, so there didn't seem much sense in listing their odds at 1-100. 

But that leaves 10 teams fighting for four remaining spots in the postseason. Two of them look like pretty heavy favorites to make the playoffs, but there's still a chance they could lose. 

Here are the odds for the 10 teams whose playoff chances remain alive as of Sept. 22. 

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