The 2012 postseason has been a memorable one thus far. With all four division series going to five games, the competition seems more evenly matched than that of previous years.
With the games so close and all the series so competitive, there’s little doubt that the final regular season standings gave us all the playoff-worthy teams.
The Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s had outstanding seasons that exceeded expectations, but both made early exits in the ALDS.
Detroit sneaked into the playoffs and has been a force ever since, knocking off a resilient and chemistry-infused A’s squad.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been a huge surprise knocking off very good Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals teams. Their four run ninth inning in game five of the NLDS was one of the highlights of this postseason.
After getting routed in games one and two, the San Francisco Giants dug up enough momentum to win games three though five and take this series.
For the teams on the outside looking in, the playoff excitement is simply disappointment.
"It hurts," said Chicago White Sox’s Adam Dunn. "It stinks, but we have to look in the mirror and realize we did it to ourselves."
Here are three teams that should have made the playoffs in 2012.