DENVER, CO - JULY 14: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies sits on the ground dejected as Trevor Story #27 walks by after failing to prevent a base hit to the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field on July 14, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

3 MLB Contenders Most Likely to Miss Playoffs

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With the MLB Wild Card games now less than a month away, it's time to break the hearts of some fanbases by telling them that their beloved baseball team sadly isn't going to qualify for the playoffs.

Since the American League is virtually locked up, here are three teams that are most likely to miss the NL playoffs.

1. Philadelphia Phillies

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When the season started, most projections had the Washington Nationals to win the AL East. It seemed like the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies were a year or two away from competing. Well, those teams showed up ahead of schedule and are sitting in first and second in the division respectively. While it looks like only one will make the playoffs, it's the Phillies' minus-six run differential that points to them falling off in the final month of the season. Despite being eight games over .500 coming into Saturday, the Phillies will likely be on the outside looking in come October.

2. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Despite being just two games out in the NL Wild Card and 1.5 games out in the NL West, the Arizona Diamondbacks are in tough spot. After dropping four of six so far in September, the team has fallen into third place in the NL West and has a gauntlet of games left on its schedule. With 21 games remaining, all but three come against potential playoff teams. The D-Backs have two more against the Braves, including tonight's contest, then four in Colorado, three in Houston, and nine home games against the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers. That's far too much to ask from a team that hasn't won a series since Aug. 22.

3. Colorado Rockies

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Another NL West team that sadly makes this list is the Colorado Rockies. In spite of the team's first-place standing and 77-63 record, the Rockies have a minus-10 run differential coming into Saturday night's contest with the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Like many playoff hopefuls, winning or losing often comes down to experience. So it'd we wise not to forget the Dodgers lost in Game 7 of the World Series just last year. Rocktober likely won't be a thing this fall in Denver. 

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