Sometimes, even more than a high-powered offense or a stacked pitching rotation, what wins World Series championships is having the most momentum at the right time.
How else could you explain that seven out of the last 18 teams to make the World Series were also Wild Card winners? Although they account for just 39 percent of World Series teams in the past nine years, it's a much larger figure than their Wild Card status would otherwise suggest.
After all, in general, isn't it fair to say that the Wild Card winner should be worse than the best divisional champion and therefore make it to the World Series less than 39 percent of the time?
The point is: in the MLB playoffs, momentum means a lot. With that in mind, the following list is not meant to power-rank the teams most likely to win the World Series—but instead answer the question: who is the hottest team in the MLB Playoffs right now?
As for the discussion about what that means for the World Series predictions, chime in by leaving your comments below.