There's nothing worse than trying to arrive at your destination only to discover that a roadblock stands in the way of you and your intended target.
Signs pointing to detours direct you to take an alternate route—you're late for an appointment and now wondering if you can show up on time.
In Major League Baseball, all kinds of roadblocks litter the road to success.
Barriers can be set up in the form of brutal scheduling, injuries, sudden and unexplainable poor performance, depth issues and other factors.
Here are the biggest roadblocks each MLB contending team must overcome in order to reach its end goal—a postseason berth.
Note: Qualification for a contending team is largely based on current record but other factors—preseason predictions and expert evaluations—are considered as well.