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The MLB season is a long one, and although some teams got off to bad starts, there's still plenty of time for them to turn things around.
Let's take a look at five teams that, despite not being in playoff position now, could make a push to be playing in October.
1. Atlanta Braves
The Braves are in one of the MLB's tougher divisions, but they still have plenty of talent to compete in it. They currently sit at 18-20, four games back of the first-place Phillies. Both their offense and pitching have been mediocre thus far, ranking 15th in the MLB in runs per game and 17th in ERA. If one of those two sides of the ball can turn things around, the Braves can make a push in a division that seems to be open for the taking.
2. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals also have a very talented roster and are in a tough division with both the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. The Red Birds are in third place at 22-16, but only 1.5 games out of first place. They've lost six out of their last eight games, but had won 10 out of 11 games prior to that. If they can get off this skid and return closer to the form they had in April, the Cardinals should be right in the hunt come the end of the season.
3. Cleveland Indians
The Indians are in arguably the worst division in baseball, the AL Central, which is why they have every chance to make it to the playoffs. As of now it seems their only competition is the Minnesota Twins. The Indians are 3.5 games out of first, but they still have a pitching staff lead by Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer when healthy. Kluber just hit the 10-day IL with a fractured forearm that will keep him out for over a month, at least, but if they can tread water while he's out, they could make a late-season push for the playoffs once he returns.
4. San Diego Padres
The Padres were one of the most anticipated teams coming into the season, especially after signing Manny Machado to a monster deal in the offseason. Despite Machado's early struggles, the Padres are only three games back in a division normally dominated by the Dodgers. With young talent all over their roster, the Padres could be a team to steal a playoff spot once Machado starts hitting like Machado.
5. Boston Red Sox
The reigning World Series Champions came out of the gate in 2019 more flat than ever, starting off the year at 2-8. Their ace pitcher, Chris Sale, all of a sudden could barely throw over 90 MPH and had an enormous ERA. However recently, the Red Sox have turned it around, winning eight of their last 10 and now stand at .500 (19-19), good enough for third in the AL East. If they can keep riding this momentum, there's no reason Boston shouldn't be right there with the Yankees and Rays at the end of the season battling it out for the playoffs.
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