MLB Playoff Odds 2013: Handicapping Each Contender's World Series Chances

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MLB Playoff Odds 2013: Handicapping Each Contender's World Series Chances
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One of the great things about the MLB postseason, contrary to popular belief, is that there really are no overwhelming favorites in either league. 

When you put two teams together in a short series, anything can happen. Even if there is a huge talent disparity on paper, all it takes is an error here or a home run there to turn a series on its head. 

Just last year, the Detroit Tigers were heavy favorites going into the World Series, but then San Francisco's pitching picked that lineup apart. Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro had the best stretches of their respective careers, and they were celebrating a title by the bay. 

You can't predict what will happen in the postseason with any certainty. All you can do is go with the information out there, then draw conclusions from that. This is why we will break down the strengths and weaknesses of the 10 playoff teams, then offer our odds based on that information. 

I determined the odds by examining everything from first-round opponents to strengths and weaknesses on the roster. All of the percentages add up to 100 at the end. 

 

You can watch all MLB Playoff games broadcast by TBS online by clicking this link 

Note: All stats come from FanGraphs and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. 

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