While you definitely want to back motivated teams in Major League Baseball, particularly when they’re priced as underdogs, you can’t fall into the trap of assuming that EVERY team that’s technically in the playoff race is playing with meaningful intangibles.

Mediocre teams are mediocre for a reason (usually a few reasons), and the fact that they “must win” to stay in a divisional or Wildcard hunt isn’t going to make them any better. That “us against the world” mentality has to combine with real skill sets or it’s not going to go anywhere. Many current “contenders” don’t have enough skill!

*Too many…