The Nationals will make the playoffs. The Yankees will make the playoffs. The Rangers will make the playoffs. The Reds will make the playoffs.
It’s anybody’s guess.
The AL Central and NL West races are tight, and a combined nine teams are within four games of the Wild Card in both leagues. Don’t forget: Major League Baseball expanded to a five-team playoff format in the offseason, meaning things could get awfully interesting down the stretch.
On Monday, 5Dimes sportsbook released playoff odds for teams still fighting for positioning. The teams most likely to advance are the White Sox (-510), Braves (-385), Tigers (-350), Cardinals (-310) and Giants (-265).
Things are a bit more iffy for the A’s (+250), Orioles (+200), Angels (+185), Pirates (+173), Rays (-135) and Dodgers (-155).
Based on the odds, we can reasonably expect to see the following postseason:
1. Texas Rangers
2. New York Yankees
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Detroit Tigers
5. Tampa Bay Rays
1. Washington Nationals
2. Cincinnati Reds
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Atlanta Braves
5. St. Louis Cardinals
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Odds to make and miss playoffs, courtesy of 5Dimes
Atlanta makes NL Playoffs -385
Atlanta won’t make NL Playoffs +265
LA Dodgers make NL Playoffs -155
LA Dodgers won’t make NL Playoffs +115
Pittsburgh makes NL Playoffs +173
Pittsburgh won’t make NL Playoffs -240
St. Louis makes NL Playoffs -310
St. Louis won’t make NL Playoffs +230
San Francisco makes NL Playoffs -265
San Francisco won’t make NL Playoffs +185
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Baltimore makes AL Playoffs +200
Baltimore won’t make AL Playoffs -280
Chicago White Sox makes AL Playoffs -510
Chicago White Sox won’t make AL Playoffs +340
Detroit makes AL Playoffs -350
Detroit won’t make AL Playoffs +250
LA Angels make AL Playoffs +185
LA Angels won’t make AL Playoffs -265
Oakland makes AL Playoffs +250
Oakland won’t make AL Playoffs -350
Tampa Bay makes AL Playoffs -135
Tampa Bay won’t make AL Playoffs -105