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MLB Playoff Races: How I Anticipate Each Division Winding Up
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With a month remaining in the season, I offer up my predictions for the remainder of the season. I attempt to identify which team will win the division and how the rest will shape up.

Some teams made it easy for me, as at least 10 will probably be mathematically eliminated within two weeks.

Other division races were tougher.

For the close races I try to pinpoint why the team in first is in first, why the team I had expected to win the division is in third and so on. 

On the second-to-last slide I list end-of-year standings according to how I expect them to finish. On the last slide, I made an admittedly arbitrary prediction of how the playoffs might unfold, according to the teams I expect to make it there.

For that, I didn't put a whole lot of analysis into it. I just used what I know about these teams and how the playoffs work. Then, I went with the first result that popped into my head and remained there for longer than a few seconds.

Keep in mind that the best team on paper can lose a short series. Don't take those predictions too seriously, I fully expect some of them to be wrong.

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