Many fans pay attention to how well certain teams play and handle the game and if they play so well they are clearly at a higher level than other teams, many fans will think that said team will definitely make the playoffs, probably win the division.
However, a six month, 162-game season calls for otherwise projections. All 30 teams seem to have long, hot stretches where their offense, rather having seven high-caliber All-Stars or five guys picked up from DFA waivers, will plaster opposing pitchers producing what seems to be 7+ run games nearly every game. During said hot stretch, teams give that starting pitcher in Triple-A an opportunity to make his major league debut and he throws 7 shutout innings, and later that game, the rookie reliever nails his 1st career save chance on a closer’s night off, making fans not just happy about the hot stretch, but hopeful for the future. With those hot stretches comes to be a jump in standings, perhaps a jump from 4th to 3rd, 5th to 2nd, or 3rd to 1st in their division.