6 MLB Teams Poised for Big Late-Season Surges

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6 MLB Teams Poised for Big Late-Season Surges
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There may only be about 40 days left in the regular season, but that's plenty of time for a team like the Arizona Diamondbacks to put together a late-season surge to make the playoffs.

Don't believe me?

On August 20, 2012, both the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants were desperately fighting for a playoff spot. The Tigers were two games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central and 1.5 games behind Baltimore Orioles for the second wild-card spot. The Giants, meanwhile, held a half-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and had the same record as the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were at that time still in possession of the second wild-card position.

The Tigers then went 24-17, winning the AL Central and eventually making it into the World Series where they lost to the surging Giants, who finished out the regular season with a 27-13 record.

The Oakland A's didn't do quite as well in the playoffs, but they went 29-12 over the final six weeks of the season to overcome the six-game lead that the Texas Rangers held over them in the AL West.

Several teams are going to put together inspirational runs over the next few weeks. Based on upcoming schedules, players returning from the disabled list, struggling players who should turn things around and September call-ups, these are the six teams that would seem to be in the best position to win at least 65 percent of their remaining games.

 

All statistics on the following slides are courtesy of Fangraphs and ESPN and are accurate through the start of play on Tuesday, August 20.

Strength of schedule excludes current series, focuses on August 23 through end of season.

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