As exciting as the Tampa Bay Rays’ win over the Texas Rangers for the wild-card tiebreaker was, the entire month of October will be filled with similar triumphs (and heartbreaks).
Critics are pegging the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox as the World Series favorites, but counting out the St. Louis Cardinals or Oakland Athletics seems too premature. The combination of the Cardinals’ knack for October glory and the Athletics’ overpowering September could quickly skew headlines.
And while the Athletics might be able to ride Josh Donaldson’s bat to victory, it’s possible that Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig can’t be depended upon. Unlike Donaldson, Puig has slumped mightily since his June debut—perhaps making his first postseason tour a forgettable one.
Read on to view all bold predictions for the 2013 MLB postseason.