Surprising teams are a common themeĀ in baseball from year to year. Some MLB teams come out of nowhere to contend. Others come into the season hyped as World Series contenders, only to fall flat on their faces.

The latter group gets our attention here. Which teams that seem like contenders are actually standing on shaky ground?

How many National League East teams should be concerned? What perennial contender is actually facing a steep uphill climb? Which two American League powers are regression candidates?

TheseĀ five hyped MLB teams are most destined to fail.