One week into the season the Toronto Blue Jays sit atop the AL East and the Oakland A's are leading the AL West. Alas, neither has a real chance of being there when the season ends. In fact, every season begins with more than a handful of clubs that have absolutely no chance of making the playoffs. This year is no different.
Yes there have been eight different World Series champions in the last nine years, but that doesn't really tell the whole story. The playoffs can be a crap shoot. A red-hot team that is undermanned can upset a more powerful team. The shorter the series the greater the possibility that an individual player can carry a team and take over. The reality is that getting to the playoffs is what most teams set as a goal. (Except for the Yankees, of course, who ridiculously believe any season that falls short of a championship is a failure.)