Little engines that could

Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox among four surprising playoff teams

Originally Published: September 4, 2012
By Molly Knight | ESPN The Magazine
Oakland Athletics celebrateBrad Mangin/MLB/Getty ImagesThe Oakland Athletics have had a surprising 2012 season.

Preseason pundits were certain the Los Angeles Angels and Miami Marlins would play deep into the fall while the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers surely wouldn't. What did they miss? The tactics behind the turnarounds.

Baltimore Orioles
Offseason odds of winning the World Series: 80-1
Current odds: 40-1
Management lesson: Shuffle the roster. Close games hard.