Predicting Outcome of 2014's Tightest MLB Playoff Battles

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Predicting Outcome of 2014's Tightest MLB Playoff Battles
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Parity has reigned in the MLB this season, and that should make for a terrific final month as the push for the postseason heats up around the league.

Four of the six divisions are led by less than five games, and the only two teams that look to have a stronghold on their division races are the Baltimore Orioles with an 8.5-game lead in the AL East and the Washington Nationals with a six-game lead in the NL East.

The wild-card races also features six teams in each league that are five games or less out of a playoff spot, though one of the AL wild-card spots figures to be sewn up by whoever doesn't win the AL West.

That gives us six compelling races to follow in September, and my predictions for each lie ahead.

Recent performance and remaining schedule, specifically games against non-division teams, were the two biggest factors in picking a predicted winner. In the end, though, gut feeling and personal opinion certainly played a role as well.

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