Baseball is a long, grueling marathon of a season. High highs and low lows are no way to go through the grind as a fan. Living and dying with every pitch will likely lead you closer to an ulcer than your favorite team to October.
That being said, we're now over 30 games into this 2013 season. It's still a relatively small sample size, but one big enough to have winning teams feeling good about themselves moving forward.
It's also enough of a sample to have losing teams question who they are, where they are going and how to achieve success before it's too late.
A year ago today, the Oakland Athletics, according to Baseball Prospectus' playoff odds, had a 3.9 percent chance of qualifying for the postseason. That, obviously, turned out different than most expected. In fact, the eventual World Series Champion Giants had just a 49.7 percent chance to even qualify for October.
Playoff odds and betting lines are often wrong, but, on the other hand, they tend to have reason behind them.
Four out of the five teams with a better than 60 percent chance to make the postseason on this date last year actually did qualify.
Hot starts aren't necessary, but they do make life easier. Cold starts aren't necessarily the end of a season, but it makes life an uphill climb.
Here's my crack at setting the odds for every current team under .500 making the 2013 MLB Playoffs.
*All records and run differentials are up to date as of the end of play on May 8.