The point has been made over and over (and over) again that it doesn't really matter how good a given baseball team is come October. What really matters is which team is the hottest.
When you look around Major League Baseball today, the first thing you notice is that there are more contenders around the league than usual. Four of the league's six divisions are still up for grabs, and there is a robust handful of teams in each league still jockeying for position in the wild-card races.
With October looming, some clubs have no choice but to be hot right now. Their postseason prospects all hinge on one last gasp.
Other clubs, such as the Giants and Reds, are just hoping to be hot when the playoffs get here. They already have division titles in their back pockets, but the last thing they want is to cool down just because the pressure is off.
For kicks, here's an interesting question: If the postseason was getting underway today, which contender would qualify as the hottest team in baseball?
For kicks, the answer lies ahead. Here's a rundown of the hottest contenders in baseball.