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Lo Duca: Every MLB Playoff Team’s Biggest Strength, Weakness

Oct 02, 2018 8:15 AM EDT

Erik Williams, USA Today Sports. Alex Bregman

  • The Red Sox are the favorites to win the World Series at +300.
  • The Dodgers have the shortest odds (+500) of any team in the National League.
  • The Yankees are flying a bit under the radar at 10-1 to win the World Series.

There are 10 teams still left standing in the MLB. That number will get down to eight after Wednesday night, but for now all 10 of the remaining teams will believe they have a chance to go on a run and win the World Series.

I’ve broken down each team’s strengths and weaknesses and provided a future play I like heading into the postseason.

Oakland A’s

World Series Odds: 20-1

The A’s were a trendy sleeper coming into the year but they are still the surprise of this bunch. They posted an MLB-best 42-23 record in the second half and have the most underrated manager in the league, Bob Melvin.

Somehow the Athletics made it this far with a rotation full of journeymen like Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Edwin Jackson and Mike Fiers.

While those guys won’t strike fear into any lineup, they have a fabulous bullpen led by Blake Treinen. Treinen was the game’s best reliever this season and is backed up by Jeurys Familia, Lou Trivino and Fernando Rodney.

Melvin has plenty of weapons and he knows how to use them.

The bullpen is the A’s biggest edge, but their offense is a strength. They finished with the third most home runs this season and their .329 wOBA was the fifth-best mark in the league.

The A’s will be underdogs against the Yankees and if they get through that game, face an uphill battle in a highly competitive American League. They just don’t have a good enough rotation to win a series against elite offenses.

Colorado Rockies

World Series odds: 20-1

Like the A’s, the Rockies will be underdogs in the Wild Card Game, hence the long odds.

Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon headline the offense but the emergence of David Dahl in September has given Bud Black’s lineup even more length.

Colorado always has a good offense, but this year they actually got good starting pitching. Kyle Freeland — who will start in the Wild Card Game — posted a 2.85 ERA in 33 starts, German Marquez has electric stuff and was brilliant in the second half and Jon Gray, when he’s on, can shut down any lineup.

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