The 2023 MLB postseason is near. Only a day remains on the regular season schedule. By now, it's clear who the true contenders are on each league.
There are still a few races that have yet to be decided. The AL West is no longer up for grabs. The AL and NL Wild Card spots were decided on Saturday.
In the National League, the Wild Card race is now over, with the Cubs and Reds on the outside looking in. But in just a few days, the postseason landscape will be clear, and it will be time for October baseball.
There will be just 12 teams remaining, while the other 18 teams go home for the winter and ponder what they need to do for 2024. But for the teams remaining, it's going to be a fun battle.
It's still anybody's guess as to who will come out on top at the end and emerge as World Series champions. It could be a team that everybody is predicting to win it all, such as the Atlanta Braves.
However, baseball is rarely that simple. Sometimes, a team that flew under the radar during the regular season can do the same in the postseason and go on a magical run to win it all.