Expect plenty of sleepers to emerge

As many as four so-called "third-place teams" could be playing important games once October rolls around.

Originally Published: April 5, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Last week I was part of a panel on a radio show, and the last question was, "What's going to be the biggest story in baseball this year?"

My answer was lame, but my colleague Ken Rosenthal nailed it. Essentially, Ken said the big story in 2004 is how many teams have a real chance to compete for postseason berths, and I would tend to agree. If we define "third-place teams" as those teams that are roughly the consensus third-place picks in their divisions, we find a bunch of teams that have ...

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