Checklist for Dark-Horse MLB Teams to Make the Playoffs

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Checklist for Dark-Horse MLB Teams to Make the Playoffs
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With a little over a month to go in the 2013 MLB season, the playoff picture has really begun to take shape. For the teams currently on the outside looking in for a postseason berth, time is certainly not on their side.

In the American League, the current playoff field would be the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers as division winners and the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics as wild cards.

Over in the National League, the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers rank as division leaders, while both wild cards stand to come out of the NL Central, taken by the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.

Outside of those 10 clubs, there are six teams as of now that are less than 10 games out of a postseason spot and still have a somewhat realistic chance of making a late-season push and finding themselves in October.

Here is a closer look at those six teams and what they need to do to overcome the current odds and make it to the playoffs.


*Postseason odds via Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds Report and ESPN MLB standings.

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