Buying or Selling Each MLB Wild Card Contender's Playoff Chances

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Buying or Selling Each MLB Wild Card Contender's Playoff Chances
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Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals are a long shot to capture a wild card spot.

With just a month left in the regular baseball season, time is dwindling for teams to be playoff contenders. While some organizations, like the Atlanta Braves for instance, have comfortable division leads, the wild card competition is still wide open.

The dual wild card rule opens up the competition to teams that in previous years would have been unfairly edged out.

In 2013, the competition is particularly thrilling. In the National League, long shots like the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals are just six and six-and-a-half games out, respectively. That margin is even less so in the American League for the Kansas City Royals. 

Below is a list of each MLB wild card contender’s playoff chances, denoted by “buying” or “selling.”

Note: “Buying” and “selling” is not just based on second half success/non-success. Wild card picks are more contingent on rosters’ talent and the ability to carry winning forward through September.

All statistics (through September 1) sourced through Baseball-Reference.com.

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