MLB 2011: Six Sleepers That Could Go To the World Series

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MLB 2011: Six Sleepers That Could Go To the World Series
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Be honest, at this time last year, was anyone picking the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series? In a sport that many will argue lacks a competitive balance, baseball has produced more than its fair share of surprise success stories of late.

Out of the previous eight World Series winners, five of them did not make the playoffs the previous season. That means 62.5 percent of recent World Series winning teams can be considered sleepers. The numbers are exactly the same for the runners-up over the same span of time.

Therefore, based on recent history, we can expect that it is more than likely that at least one of the teams that makes the 2011 World Series will not be a team that was in the 2010 playoffs.

Here are three teams from each league that could be candidates to go from playoff no-show to World Series Champion.

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