In the September 30 issue of "ESPN The Magazine" (at newsstands now!) we ran down the statistical case for the Detroit Tigers being the favorites to win the 2013 World Series. A lot happens in two weeks of a pennant race, and when a press deadline hits, time doesn't stand still, and the facts on the ground tend to change. So the numbers have been updated through Wednesday's game, recalculated and re-crunched, and the new favorite to win the World Series is ... the Detroit Tigers.
What makes a team dangerous in October is similar to what makes a team dangerous from April through September, but there are differences that make the playoffs a whole new ballgame and that play to the Tigers' strengths, despite the fact that they will likely be the No. 3 seed in the American League.
For example, quality depth, an important aspect of coming out on top over 162 games, tends to be a significantly smaller factor over a stretch of a few weeks -- after which a World Series champ can emerge in as few as 11 games.