With the American League Wild Card and the National League Central divisional races still wide open, the 2013 playoffs are hardly settled. Any two of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers could nab wild-card spots. The St. Louis Cardinals’ lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds could be overturned in an instant.
But fans are already eager to pick their favorites for the World Series. The 2012 World Series-winning San Francisco Giants are not in the picture this season, but between powerhouses like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers, it’s not difficult to start predicting late-October scenarios.
Read on to view the five most likely 2013 World Series matchups.
Selections based primarily on overall success, second-half success, statistical team performance and individual talent. Main statistics used in analysis include park-adjusted wRC+ and FIP.