ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 7: Jackie Bradley Jr. #10 of the Boston Red Sox stares at the crowd while walking to the dugout during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays  at Tropicana Field on July 7, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images)

3 2018 MLB Playoff Teams That Won’t Make It Next Season

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The MLB postseason field this year consisted of talented teams that had every right to compete for a World Series title. Unfortunately, making it back to the postseason is never a sure thing in baseball, thanks to free agency and unsustainable luck going one way or the other.


Here are three teams that are unlikely to play October baseball next season.

3. Colorado Rockies

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The Dodgers are the kings of the NL West and it'll be hard to dethrone what'll likely be another star-studded roster. The Rockies' 25-16 record in one-run games isn't something that is easily repeatable. Factor in that they're slated to lose several key pieces to free agency, and you can't help but think that the Rockies won't play in October next year.

2. Oakland Athletics

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You have to give credit to Oakland for their incredible run this year, but making the postseason once again in 2019 doesn't look promising. The Houston Astros are the class of the AL West and should be fixtures at the top of the division for a long time, leaving the Wild Card as their only realistic path into the postseason. Unfortunately, there's too much competition for both spots and considering they could lose a slew of important pieces during free agency, October baseball doesn't seem to be in the cards for the A's next year.

1. Boston Red Sox

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Yes, they won 108 games this season and just put the finishing touches on the defending champion Houston Astros, but next year is a completely different story. It's unlikely that the Red Sox can maintain a .641 winning percentage in one-run games and possibly losing closer Craig Kimbrel in free agency would completely decimate an already shaky bullpen. Factor in that they still have to slug it out with the Yankees and the upstart Rays for the AL East crown or a Wild Card spot, and there's a distinct possibility that Boston will be on the outside looking in come October 2019.

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