With under a month left in the baseball season, playoff contenders need to play well down the stretch. Arguably the biggest factor in a team playing well is the continuation or even newfound dominance in certain statistical categories.
Some of these statistics include traditional categories like home runs and stolen bases. But even some newer advanced metrics like FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) and O-Swing% (percent of non-strike swings) could dictate whether contending teams will advance to the playoffs.
Read on to see five key statistics that will help determine the 2013 MLB playoff races.