- San Francisco Giants
The Giants come in with an MLB best 87-50 record and have just won 2 of 3 over their division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Gabe Kapler has been able to get the best out of everyone he uses, Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey have come back into the top of the league, and their nasty rotation has them as the number one team in baseball.
- Los Angeles Dodgers
If the Dodgers had been able to beat the Giants and be atop of the NL West, then they’d be number 1. They sit at 86-51 and since acquiring Max Scherzer and Trae Turner at the deadline have been on a tear. As we get deeper into the final month of the season, look for them and the Giants to be battling it out.
- Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays may never be bad again. Year in and year out they have one of the best teams in baseball with one of the lowest payrolls. Tyler Glasnow was their ace this year and after he went down with an injury, the Rays have somehow played better. Rookie Wander Franco is a huge part of this and as of today has extended his on-base streak to 36 games.
- Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers have one of the best rotations as a whole in recent memory. Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta, and Brandon Woodruff have been disgusting all season and Adrian Houser just tossed the Brewers first complete game shutout of the season. Also, acquiring Willy Adames has proved to be one of the best trades this season. They are running away with the central and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down.
- Chicago White Sox
The injury bug has plagued the White Sox all season, but with all their stars returning they now have one of if not the best lineups in the league. Jose Abreu, Eloy Jiminez, Louis Robert, and Yasmani Grandal are just a couple of the explosive bats. While the injury to Lucas Giolito will hurt them, they still have an amazing rotation and possibly the AL Cy Young winner in Lance Lynn.
- Houston Astros
Everyone came into this season still hating the Astros, but they have put together an amazing season. Lance Mccullers and Framber Valdez have been amazing and Yordan Alvarez is one of the best pure power hitters in baseball.
- New York Yankees
The Yankees started the season slowly but then won 13 straight. After that, they’ve fallen a bit including losing a series to the Orioles in the Bronx. Their offense is loaded and with the short porch, they’ll swing their way to victories.
- San Diego Padres
The Padres have been going through a tough stretch. Blake Snell has been hot and cold and Yu Darvish is struggling. Fernando Tatis Jr is back from injury and has been amazing at the plate. They moved him to the outfield so his defense isn’t as much of a liability anymore.
- Boston Red Sox
While they have been winning recently, it has been closer than it should be. The bullpen has been blowing games, but the offense has thankfully been coming up clutch.
- Cincinnati Reds
The Reds have been hot and as of now hold the second NL Wild Card spot. To stay at the top of the league, the pitching needs to stay at an above average level. The offense will provide so the pitching needs to be there.
- Oakland Athletics
The Oakland A’s are 4 games back of the second AL Wild Card spot as of now. To get there, they need the pitching to be good and Chris Bassitt to return healthy.
- Atlanta Braves
Everyone thought the Braves would be done after losing Marcell Ozuna early and then Ronald Acuna Jr to a torn ACL, but since then, they’ve gotten on top of the AL East and look to stay hot down the stretch.
- Seattle Mariners
The Mariners are trying to end the longest playoff drought in all of the four major sports. They are three games back of Boston as of now. They need to win their series against the Astros right now to keep their dreams alive.
- Toronto Blue Jays
Vlad Jr is now up to 40 home runs on the season and isn’t slowing down. Neither is the rest of their offense. They need their bullpen to stop being awful to keep moving up.
- St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have started to put it together and win games. The offense has been amazing, but the closing duo of Alex Reyes and Giovanny Gallegos need to not blow the leads if they want to make a playoff push.
- Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies have an MVP candidate in Bryce Harper this season, but it’ll be a waste if the pitching doesn’t show up. More than Zach Wheeler needs to be reliable for them.
- Los Angeles Angels
Shohei Ohtani is having one of the best seasons in all of MLB history. He is easily the AL MVP, but the Angels aren’t going to do anything with it. Just like with what they have been doing with Trout, they don’t have pitching to back up the offense and lose games they should win because of it.
- Cleveland Indians
Jose Ramirez has been a top three third baseman this year and Emmanuel Clase has been a top reliever as a rookie. However, since the sticky stuff ban, the pitching as a team has been bad. James Karinchak was an all-star and has since been demoted to triple-a.
- New York Mets
As of recently, the Mets have been one of the worst teams in the league. The Mets offense has been incredibly boom or bust this season regardless of how well deGrom pitches.
- Detroit Tigers
The Tigers are so close to being so good. But for now, they’re just good enough to be a thorn in a playoff hopeful’s chances.
- Colorado Rockies
C.J. Cron just had one of the best months by a Rockie ever. It didn’t do anything however. The Rockies are having one of the worst seasons on the road of all time. Like the Tigers, the Rockies can be a pain for other teams, but only if it is at Coors.
- Kansas City Royals
The Royals just won a series against the AL central leading White Sox but it doesn’t matter for them. One thing they can do is call up Bobby Whitt Jr. and let the league see how good he is.
- Chicago Cubs
Even though the Cubs have won seven straight, after trading away the ship, the Cubs have been awful. Kyle Hendricks has looked good but that’s about it. All they can hope for is to play spoiler and prepare for next spring.
- Minnesota Twins
The Twins are playing the devil for other teams right now and that’s it. Call up Austin Martin and let him get some at-bats before next season.
- Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins have a very bright future and some of those pieces are showing their potential right now. They have possible NL Rookie of the Year Trevor Rogers, shortstop Miguel Rojas, and Jazz Chisolm.
- Washington Nationals
The Nats are another one of the teams playing for next year. They could try to stop other teams’ playoff chances but it’s tough for them because they are just bad.
- Texas Rangers
The only bright spot for the Rangers this year is Isiah Kiner-Falefa and potential AL Rookie of the Year Adolis Garcia.
- Pittsburgh Pirates
Bryan Reynolds has been amazing this season and was the Pirates all-star. Since returning from injury, Steven Brault has been solid. Other than those two, the Pirates haven’t had the same glory as the Andrew Mccutchen days.
- Arizona Diamondbacks
On the bright side, the Diamondbacks aren’t the worst team anymore. They can’t even ruin other teams right now. They’re just waiting for next year.
- Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles are doing their best to keep the Yankees drought alive. They just won two out of three over the Yankees. That’s a moral victory and that’s all they can root for now.