2013 MLB Playoffs: Predicting Every Playoff Team with a Month to Go

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2013 MLB Playoffs: Predicting Every Playoff Team with a Month to Go
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It's not quite like the Thunderdome, where two men enter and one man leaves, but MLB's regular season is every bit as vicious and demanding as the fictitious combat dome from the 1985 Mel Gibson classic, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Instead of two men, we have 30 teams, all vying over the course of a grueling 162-game schedule for one of 10 spots in the playoffs, where some would argue that the real MLB season begins.

With 16 teams holding or within seven games of one of those playoff spots and a month's worth of games to be played before the postseason field is set, the competition in September is going to be fierce.

Will the Pirates end 20 years of ineptitude and make it to the postseason? To that end, will three teams from the NL Central advance to the playoffs for the first time? Can Cleveland catch Detroit in the AL Central, or are the Indians doomed to sit out this year's postseason festivities once again?

Can a dark-horse contender, like the Nationals, Royals or Yankees, pull off the unthinkable and sneak into the playoffs?

Let's take a look at how I see things playing out. 


*Unless otherwise noted, all team records, statistics and schedule information courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and current through Aug. 29 games.

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