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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 4

Rays vs Dodgers: Week 4's prediction for the World Series

A month into the season, and many teams are holding steady. But there’s still some changes going on. Some lower ranked teams are making some runs to get back into things, while others continue to sputter and be streaky. The DL continues to hoard some big names, which always mixes things up, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, May 3 at 8:30pm:

National League

#1 Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are back on top, and with a bit of breathing room at that. They haven’t been especially impressive lately, but every team in the NL falls into the same boat. With a 10-2 home record, the Dodgers have as good a shot as any team of representing the NL, but it’s anyone’s game.

#2 St. Louis Cardinals vs #3 Washington Nationals

The Nationals are only a .500 road team, but the Cardinals have had injuries to key players on both sides of the ball. The Nationals are looking to ride the wave of hype behind Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, while the Cardinals will be using plenty of experienced veterans. This one could very well depend on who remains the healthiest.

#W1 Atlanta Braves vs #W2 Arizona Diamondbacks

The Braves are doing well enough, and getting Tim Hudson back will really help. The Diamondbacks have been having issues, but Ian Kennedy certainly isn’t one of them. If the Braves can get a bit of offense going, they should be able to use their talent pool to pull ahead, but they can’t afford to get stifled.

American League

#1 Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays have rapidly become the new team to beat. They’ve won five straight, and 11 of 12. It’ll be tough to take down their well-balanced team.

#2 Texas Rangers vs #3 Cleveland Indians

Texas may have lost two straight, but they’re still as dangerous as anyone. The Indians are only #5 in the AL, but being a division winner benefits them here. They’re actually only 4-7 at home, which does give another advantage to Texas.

#W1 Baltimore Orioles vs #W2 Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto has impressively won two straight against Texas, but Baltimore has done the same in New York. In fact, Baltimore’s been the best team other than Tampa lately. Toronto has plenty of bats, but without many big names, Baltimore is a true team. Baltimore has the greater momentum between two teams without playoff experience, so that could easily make all the difference.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • The White Sox face the Tigers and Indians, so that division could belong to any of three teams depending on what happens in those two series.
  • With so many teams vying for the last NL Wildcard spot, any of six teams could wind up with it.

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