A quarter of the 2013 Major League Baseball season is in the books, and the contenders are already starting to break away from the pretenders.
Other teams, mind you, have played horribly to start the year, and their playoff hopes are basically down the drain—marring an incredible turnaround in the remainder of the season.
Nonetheless, there are certainly more teams that are still in the hunt than I would’ve expected. Parity is a term that should be used lightly in this situation, but many clubs are only a game or two apart from each other in the standings.
Just because a team has played well thus far, though, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be able to play at a high level going forward, and vice versa for a couple of the teams that are only a handful of games out of first place.
So let’s take a look at which teams are the real deal and which ones are posers while also weeding out who is on the brink of being a contender as well as who is already out of the race.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.