Re: Which teams make the playoffs in 2013?
Don't get the love of the Nationals. They are a horribly constructed team. They are built on pitching, nothing else, and even that isn't elite.
They have an average K rate for a pitching staff, and a terrible defense. Not a smart combination. And their hitting is worse than their defense.
They will be lucky to stay around .500 the rest of the year.
I could care less about minor leagues like the AL.
Pirates win the Central. I predict the Phillies will decide to be sellers, trade Rollins, Young, Papelbon and Utley, then go on a tear and win the third wild card from the fading Cards, whose starting rotation, outside of Wainwright, falls apart the second half of the season. Chris Carpenter comes back, but puts up a 10+ ERA before quitting with 3 weeks left in the season, blaming it all on Pete Kozma for wearing the wrong color cleats on games he pitches.
Reds vs. Phillies in one game playoff. Perfect time for vengeance.
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