As the dog days of summer baseball chug towards the post-season magic of October, there’s one team lurking out there waiting to etch its mark into the MLB history books. World Series runs sometimes take a little bit of fate and luck. Let’s take a look at some teams with the best chances to provide expert baseball picks in preparation for October.
Primed for Position
The St. Louis Cardinals, at 67-38, currently sit atop the MLB power rankings. While they don’t necessarily have the star power of a team like the Angels and the new-look Blue Jays, the likes of Jason Heyward, Johnny Peralta, Matt Carpenter and arguably the best front office in baseball have been mainstays in the post season.
The small-ball Royals continue to prove that last year’s World Series run was no fluke, boasting what might be an even better team this time around. They may not have the dominant power of a traditional A.L. front-runner but they have consistency. The question remains: can pitcher Edison Volquez continue to be a work horse down the stretch?
Who Else Is Knocking at the Door?
The Pittsburg Pirates seemed to be putting it all together before the all-star break. However, the recent loss of A.J. Burnett is a blow. Currently, deadline moves for Ben Revere, David Price, and Troy Tulowitzki have the Blue Jays positioned for a run at the Yankees for the A.L. East. And then there are the two LA teams. Can the Angels superhuman duo of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols help overcome pitching that is questionable at times? And can the Dodgers put their recent post-season duds behind them? Much of it rests on the shoulders of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
The best thing about post-season baseball is that everyone who makes it has a chance. Many times the substance of pitching out-duels the style of long-ball hitting. Teams like the Dodgers, Cardinals, Giants, and Nationals all make the list of expert baseball picks for the fall, however, it’s still anyone’s game. So who’s your team of destiny?
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