In hopes of avoiding a jinx, there's a strong indication that when it comes to the Oakland Athletics and the 2013 postseason, it's a matter of when and not if.
If the season ended today, the team would be the AL West champions for the second consecutive season.
And if it weren't enough to repeat, they'd be playing the Detroit Tigers in the first round yet again. But based on the fact they played out all five games of last year's ALDS and look to be even stronger this year, we're going to challenge the jinx further by examining potential matchups throughout the playoffs.
After all, why stop at the ALDS? The sky's the limit here, and in this case the proverbial sky would be the World Series.
The standings are tight.
The Boston Red Sox appear to have locked up the AL East. The Tigers should be AL Central champs. We'll hope the A's remain in place in the West. Beyond those three teams, another six teams are vying for the last two spots.
On the other side, the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers lead their divisions. But the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates are right there with them. It's likely all five teams make the postseason, it's more of a matter of in what order.
Who knows how the postseason will shake out. So just in case, we'll take a brief look at all of the teams involved in the rat race.
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