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MLB Playoffs 2013: Blueprint for Each Team to Win the World Series
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Pictured: two huge pieces to the World Series puzzle in Detroit.

A few short months ago, 30 teams departed from spring training with a common dream to win the World Series.

After the Tampa Bay Rays' 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers in Game 163, that number, for the moment, is down to 10. And for these clubs, winning the World Series is now less of a dream and more of an actual attainable goal. One that's only a few wins away.

Some teams obviously look like they have better shots than others, mind you, which is true every year. However, there's a script for every team that ends with champagne being sprayed and much rejoicing among the local fans.

What we're going to do today is dive into these scripts.

What lies ahead is basically a list of things that need to go right in October for the 10 teams in contention for the World Series, but with a slight twist. The discussion will be had from a mindset that assumes certain things are going to go right, thus highlighting the ideal October scenarios for each team.

And away we go...

 

Note: Stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.

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