Why they’re here: The Rays are the forgotten team in this year’s playoff race, but they made quality additions at the trade deadline — Lucas Duda hit three home runs in his first four games with the Rays — and they have a lineup that can slug with anyone. The rotation, headed by Chris Archer, can be very good if Jake Odorizzi comes back healthy and Blake Snell ever figures out his control issues. They’re only 7-10 since the All-Star break, though.
Why they’re here: The Cardinals have been a giant ball of frustration this season, but they still have a solid rotation (holding onto Lance Lynn helps) and a lineup with five guys sporting an OPS of at least .820. That’s a good start. And remember, this franchise won its two most recent World Series titles with teams that weren’t world-beaters during the regular season — 2006 (83 wins) and 2011 (90 wins) — so maybe this hot-and-cold team is destined for greatness. Probably not, though.
Why they’re here: Is there any magic left in Kansas City? This is definitely a one-more-run situation, what with Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas and Jason Vargas all free agents after the season. The Royals have a solid, but not spectacular, rotation (though Danny Duffy feels like a potential playoff star) and a solid bullpen, too.
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