2013 MLB Predictions: Surprise Teams Ready to Make Playoff Push

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2013 MLB Predictions: Surprise Teams Ready to Make Playoff Push
James Shields and Wade Davis instantly bolster the Royals starting rotation. (Photo c/o David Eulitt/Getty Images)

In 2012, fans were both enamored and surprised with the success that found the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles. Each team seemingly came out of left field to make remarkable playoff pushes.

Both stories were unique and fun to watch throughout the season.

Enjoying that type of unexpected success is part of what makes the game of baseball so great; any team truly has a chance.

Consider this: Last season, 15 teams had winnings records and two teams finished at .500, leaving 13 teams with losing records. Nine teams recorded 90 or more wins—two of which were the A's and O's.

Prior to 2012, the last time the Orioles won 90 or more games was in 1997 when they went 98-64. The last time the A's won 90 or more was in 2006 before coughing up five consecutive seasons of .500 (once) or worse baseball.

So the question is: Who will be the surprise team(s) this season? Let's have a look.

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