Five games separate five teams in the National League for the last remaining Wild Card spot in the postseason. In the American League, 7.5 games is all that separates the final spot and the remaining five contenders.
WynnBET still has the Los Angeles Dodgers as the top World Series favorite at +275, with the Houston Astros as the favorites out of the American League at +475 odds to win a championship, and +200 to win the AL Pennant.
As baseball enters it's final month of the regular season, the top tier teams have zoned in on locking in a trip to the postseason, but many squads still remain in the hunt for a final Wild Card spot.
MLB.com recently compiled every contending team's remaining schedule from most difficult to easiest. The Cincinnati Reds, for example, have the easiest strength of schedule remaining compared to all other contending teams, via the playoff odds projections at Fangraphs.
These three teams, based off their remaining schedule, postseason percentage, and odds listed on WynnBET make for teams I'll be fading down the stretch of the season.
1) San Diego Padres
- Strength of Schedule: .550%
- National League | World Series Odds: +2000 | +4000
- Playoff Percentage: 25.3%
The Padres' had such a promising start to the season with massive expectations, but the wheels have slowly fallen off with two consecutive losing months in July and August. Fernando Tatis remains the top National League MVP candidate, but he's still fighting through injury and San Diego's uphill climb for the final Wild Card spot, along with the most difficult remaining schedule does not present well for futures bettors.
2) St. Louis Cardinals
- Strength of Schedule: .528%
- National League | World Series Odds: +5000 | +10000
- Playoff Percentage: 5.6%
If St. Louis can get hot in the final month, they very much remain alive in the Wild Card race. The problem is their competition is awfully tough. They somehow play the Brewers 10 more times this year, as well as the Dodgers four times, and three game series vs. the Reds, and Padres. The Cardinals could control their own destiny, but it's a very tall task ahead.
3) Seattle Mariners
- Strength of Schedule: .506%
- American League | World Series Odds: +5000 | +10000
- Playoff Percentage: 3.3%
I'll stand up and applaud the Mariners' terrific season. This was a last place projected team that has somehow remained in contention all year long. But this is the end of the road as Seattle's longest postseason drought in the Major Leagues will now extend to 20 years. At massive odds on the board, it would be a dream to see it happen, but bettors shouldn't get their hopes up.
One important part to note, the Tampa Bay Rays actually have the third most difficult strength of schedule in September, but they currently hold a 6.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East and have a 99.8% playoff percentage at Fangraphs.
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