Based on what we've seen so far in the 2012 playoffs, the Washington Nationals aren't about to be undone by their youth, the Detroit Tigers have the baseball gods on their side, the New York Yankees are still the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds are probably the best team ever.
On the flip side, it would seem that the Oakland A's and Baltimore Orioles were massive flukes in the regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals are out of gas and the San Francisco Giants may as well be partaking in a tackling competition with the New York Giants.
Is it too soon to draw conclusions such as these?
It most definitely is (though the Giants certainly look doomed). There's a lot of baseball left to be played in this postseason, and history tells us that there are still plenty of surprises waiting to emerge.
For example, one of the four seemingly doomed clubs could go on to win the World Series. That may seem like a stretch now, but the bright side for the four clubs currently dealing with series deficits is that each of them have one good reason why they can still win the World Series.
For that matter, so do the four teams that are leading.
Let's give all eight teams their due credit, shall we? Here's a look at one reason why each of the eight teams still standing in the postseason can win the World Series.
Note: Stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.