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Most of the attention is on the playoffs with the regular season ending in seven days.

The top seven teams in the majors have already qualified for the playoffs, while six wild-card hopefuls are still in the running.

The question that remains is, where does your favorite team stand going into October?

A combination of what we've seen this year and what we already knew going into the 162-game marathon that is a full baseball season has resulted in a ranking of every team in baseball. The experts were asked to observe all 30 teams.

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1. Los Angeles Dodgers

There was a record of 107-47.

The previous ranking was one.

The Dodgers have won at least 106 games in three straight seasons for the first time in baseball history. The Dodgers won at least 106 in each of the last three years. The regular season was shortened to 60 games due to the COVID-19 epidemic, but they still managed to win it all.

They've won at least 29 regular season games over the last four years. This run needs to be validation with a championship. The pitching staff needs to be in order in order to do that. There's a lot of uncertainty as October approaches.

2. Houston Astros

The record was 101-54.

The previous rank was 2.

Yordan will join a prestigious club if he doesn't have a late-season slump. He is likely to reach a.300 batting average, a.400 on- base percentage and a.600 slugging percentage in the same season, which would make him the fourth hitter in Houston franchise history to achieve that. Lance Berkman and Jeff Bagwell both did it twice, while Moises Alou did it once.

A weakness-free hitter might be as close to being a weakness-free hitter as there currently is in baseball. During his four seasons in the majors, he has a.962 OPS at home,.962 on the road, and.962 before the All-Star break. When a bat is in his hands, he is great at most things.

3. New York Mets

The record was 98 58.

The previous ranking was three.

You saw that line from Jacob deGrom against the A's on Saturday and it was right. He had his worst game score since May 17, when the Marlins scored seven runs off him. It happens to the best of them, but deGrom has now allowed 11 runs over his past three starts, and the other two games were against the Cubs and Pirates. The Braves will be his next opponent. It's time for the ace.

4. Atlanta Braves

The record was 97-59.

The previous ranking was four.

While the Braves aren't yet ruling him out of the playoffs, he's done for the season because of his oblique injury. Strider became the first Braves rookies to record 200 strikeouts in a single season when he finished 11-5 with a 2.67 earned run average. The Braves still have Max Fried, Kyle Wright and Charlie Morton to headline the playoffs, but if Strider can't go, the Braves may have to use a fourth starter. Against the Nationals, he threw a six-hitter. He started against the Nationals. He started against the Marlins. He's not been tested yet.

5. New York Yankees

The record was 96-59.

The previous ranking was five.

Judge has tied Roger Maris' franchise record of 61 homers after hitting a home run. Gleyber Torres has slashed.333/.408/.598 at the plate this month, and the team has seen a strong performance from him. With Aroldis Chapman struggling on the mound, the Yankees are trying to figure out what to do with their relief corps ahead of the playoffs.

6. St. Louis Cardinals

The record was 90 66.

The previous ranking was six.

The NL Central was dominated in the second half of the season. Albert Pujols hit his 700th and 699th home runs in the same game last week, continuing a trend of getting big hits when the Cards need them most. Pujols has a team-leading four home runs while hitting around.321 this season, and he has an on- base percentage of over.300. It's another reason to marvel at the future Hall of Fame player who is hitting.196 in those situations.

7. Toronto Blue Jays

The record was 87 69.

The previous ranking was seven.

Bo Bichette is once again looking like an offensive spark plug for the Toronto lineup, as he finds his swing and looks like his old self. One of the big questions the team faces in the playoffs is pitching, with young ace Alek Manoah looking like one of the best in the big leagues with seven straight quality starts. He will be a big part of the team's pitching attack.

8. Cleveland Guardians

The record was 86-68.

The previous rank was 11.

In the power rankings commentary, we lamented how no one in the division was able to take control of a division that was oh-so-winnable. That was silenced in September by theGuardians. The Cleveland Indians dropped into a first-place tie with Minnesota after losing to the SeattleMariners. TheGuardians were up by 212 games. The lead was 312 games at the time. The lead grew to 10 games by the end of the month. It's a good idea to get hot at the right time. During the wild-card era, when the Indians have won, they have really won. Since 1995 there have been 11 first-place Cleveland teams. Six games has been the smallest margin of a division win. The average margin has been close.

9. Tampa Bay Rays

The record was 85- 70.

The previous ranking was eight.

The loss of third baseman Yandy Diaz, who has battled shoulder soreness, was one of the factors that led to the loss of four runs in five losses. The team got a boost from the return of Tyler Glasnow, who had Tommy John surgery. One of the team's best pitchers of the year, Tyler Glasnow, went down with an injury that could be a huge boon for a team that has battled injuries all year.

10. San Diego Padres

The record was 86 69.

The previous ranking was twelve.

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The Padres are playing some of their best baseball of late, having won eight of their last 11 games. The team's starting pitchers have a major league-best 1.79 earned run average during that time. The Padres' remaining schedule is favorable in their pursuit of this formula. The Padres only play at home from here on out, and their final two regular-season series will be against two teams that have nothing to play for.

11. Philadelphia Phillies

The record was 81-71.

The previous ranking was ten.

ThePhillies have lost nine of their last 12 games, but they did manage to split a four-game series against the Braves. They could use a four-game series against the Nationals this weekend to make up some ground on the Brewers. J.T. Realmuto has 18 stolen bases, but that's not a team record for most stolen bases without being caught. Chase Utley has the MLB record for most hits in a single season.

12. Seattle Mariners

The record was 84 70.

The previous rank was 9.

After going 3-7 on a disastrous road trip to Anaheim, Oakland and Kansas City, and then getting shut out by the Rangers in the first game of a season-ending homestand that will also see Oakland and Detroit visit, theMariners are limping home.

The road trip came to an end with a 13-12 loss to the Royals, who scored 11 runs in the sixth frame. It was the worst loss in franchise history, right up there with the 15-14 loss to Cleveland in 2001, when the club's all-time single-season record for wins was ruined.

13. Milwaukee Brewers

The record was 83-74.

The previous ranking was 13.

The odds are against Milwaukee making the playoffs. The Brewers may not have a chance against either Philadelphia or San Diego. Their best chance may come in the final days of the season after a series win over Cincinnati. The Brewers play their last two series at home against the two teams below. 500 is the total number of people. The Brewers play 11 games against teams like that. They would have a better chance of making the playoffs if they swept both of them.

14. Baltimore Orioles

The record was 80-75.

The previous ranking was fourteen.

The Orioles split a four-game series against the Astros with strong starts from Dean Kremer, who threw a four-hit complete game with six strikeouts, and Kyle Bradish, who allowed just two hits and struck out 10. Despite not playing a full season, Adley Rutschman is one of the top 25 players in baseball in bWAR with 5.1 in 106 games. By the day, the future looks better at Camden Yards.

15. San Francisco Giants

The record was 77 78.

The previous rank was 17

The Giants are on the verge of elimination and are 30 games worse off than they were a year ago. There is a question about why.

It's possible to point to the improbability of the 2021, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The absence of a former catcher was huge. Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford were both in their 30's at the time. The strength of last year's bullpen was an under performance. This team was unable to match up on the mound and in the batter's box due to injuries. There is uncertainty about the future of this franchise.

16. Chicago White Sox

The record was 76-75.

The previous ranking was fifteen.

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It looks like Tony La Russa won't be the White Socks manager next year. He didn't finish the season because of health problems, he's 78 next week and the team fell short of expectations. You can never say never because La Russa is tight with the owner of the ball club. It seems like he won't be back.

If that is the case, La Russa will finish his Hall of Fame managerial career with 2,897 career wins. La Russa's 691 wins for the Pale Hose will place him third in the all time list behind Al Lopez and Jimmy Dykes. La Russa came out of retirement to become the all-time wins leader.

17. Boston Red Sox

The record was 74 81.

The previous ranking was 18.

As the Red Sox finish up their season, they're preparing for an enormous off-season with contracts for players like Nathan Eovaldi, J.D.Martinez, Michael Wacha, Tommy Pham and Rich Hill. After the team made it to the ALCS last season, the fans were expecting more from the team.

18. Minnesota Twins

The record was 76-75.

The previous rank was 16.

Minnesota will be updating its uniforms and logos this winter. Now is the perfect time to pack for spring training. Carlos Correa can opt out of his contract and go back to the free-agent market. The Twins' plan for the off-season will be decided by Correa.

Can the Twins get back to the top of the division when their most talented player can only be counted on for half a season? The season ends with 92 games and 28 homers for Buxton after he had a knee procedure last week. In the last two seasons, he has hit 50 home runs. In 76 games, he has played. There is a dilemma.

19. Arizona Diamondbacks

The record was 72 84.

The previous rank was 19

Madison Bumgarner finished his up-and-down 2022 season on a strong note, firing six frames of one run ball against the Dodgers last Wednesday. The D-backs shut him down with two weeks left in the season to give some of their young pitchers an opportunity. Bumgarner had the second-lowest strikeout rate of his career and the second- lowest earned run average. The D-backs have gotten contributions from many people this year, but they need to figure out what to do with Bumgarner, who is owed $37 million over the next two years.

20. Los Angeles Angels

The record was 69-96.

The previous rank was 21.

Shohei Ohtani might finish second to Judge for the American League Most Valuable Player award, but it's worth noting that he's done a lot more than Judge in the past. With seven games left in the Angels' schedule, Ohtani's FanGraphsWAR has already surpassed last year's total of 8.0 His.887 OPS is the eighth-highest in the majors, slightly above Austin Riley, and his 2.47ERA is the seventh-lowest among those who have accumulated at least 150 hours of work.

Is the Angels going to keep him beyond this season? Even with only one season left before free agency, he will be the most coveted player on the market.

21. Texas Rangers

The record was 66-88.

The previous ranking was twenty.

The Texas team had a collapse against them over the weekend which may have solidified a fourth place finish in the American League West. The Indians scored 20 runs in the three-game sweep. Lefty Martin Perez is having a career year for the Texas starting pitchers, who are ranked 25th in the country. It has been a disappointing season on the mound for Texas with Glenn Otto and Jon Gray. The team's focus is likely to be that.

22. Chicago Cubs

The record was 69-96.

The previous rank was 23.

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The Cubs will look for power in the off-season to bolster their young staff, as they continue to focus on pitching in the second half. The organization has two of the biggest home run- hitting prospects this season. Lefty first baseman Matt Mervis has come out of nowhere to smash 36 home runs at three different minor league levels while outfielder Alex Canario has 35, also at three different levels. Mervis is likely to get a shot at first base in 2023, and fans are hoping he will be the heir apparent to Anthony Rizzo.

23. Miami Marlins

The record was 64-93.

The previous rank was 24.

Don Mattingly will no longer be the manager of the Marlins after the season. Terry Francona in Cleveland, Scott Servais in Seattle and Brian Snitker in Atlanta were all hired in 2016 and remain with their teams. The team's best season in a full season under Mattingly was the 1980's. The organization was unable to develop young hitters. He had one last moment of glory Tuesday, however, when he was ejected from the game after he was called for three balks.

24. Colorado Rockies

The record was 65-90.

The previous rank was 22.

The Rockies will miss the playoffs and finish with a losing record for the fourth year in a row, but if you think they will embark on a long rebuild, think again. Bud Black told reporters recently that the Rockies will try to supplement their roster in hopes of competing in the NL West.

Black said they would try to do things for sure. The front office wants to acquire some players, whatever it is, to get some pieces in here.

25. Kansas City Royals

The record was 63-94.

The previous rank was 25.

J.J. Picollo was promoted last week to the head of the Royals' baseball operation department. Witt looks like he'll be a fixture in the Royals' infield for a long time to come so an early extension would make a lot of sense. Witt has a lot of room for growth as a big leaguer.

Witt ranks in the 9th percentile by walk rate, 16th percentile by chase rate and 2nd percentile in defensive outs above average, so he should target that area. The 92nd percentile in average exit velocity and 100th percentile in speed score are the raw tools.

26. Cincinnati Reds

The record was 60-96.

The previous rank was 26.

In a win over Milwaukee on Sunday, Nick lodolo gave up just one run on six hits, and it was his second win in a row. He has given up no more than three runs in any of his starts in September. The pitcher has given up just 20 hits in 3113 of his starts this month and has a 2.59ERA. He has a 1.24 WHIP, which is third among rookies in the NL. There is a chance that the Reds have a good starter in Lodolo.

27. Detroit Tigers

The record was 62-94.

The previous rank was 27.

The Pujols-Cabrera era has accomplished a lot over the past 20 years.

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After telling reporters that he would be back, he backpedaled and said that his status was uncertain. If he comes back and enjoys a Pujols-like rejuvenation, he could move into the all-time top-20 in homers. With another 100 hits, he could move up to the 16th spot on the hits list.

One of the things that could be removed from the table is that as the all-time home run king. Since moving over from Florida, he has hit 368 homers. The Detroit franchise mark was set by Al Kaline and he had 32. Norm Cash hit 373 homers for theTigers, which is more realistic at this point.

28. Pittsburgh Pirates

The record was 59- 97.

The previous rank was 28.

The Pirates have reverted to the mean after promising to avoid a last place finish. Bryan Reynolds is still producing despite the team's troubles. He had a couple of home runs. The question is how long will he be a pirate. Reynolds still has two more years until free agency but trade talk is likely to heat up for a solid outfielder.

29. Oakland Athletics

The record was 55-99.

The previous rank was 29

The Oakland Raiders are on their way to the first 100 loss season since 1979 after taking two of three games against Seattle. A few weeks ago, Capel was claimed off of waivers by the Cards. The clock is running for the city of Oakland and the A's to come to a deal on a new ballpark as the team explores options outside of the Bay Area.

30. Washington Nationals

The record was 54 101.

The previous rank was 30.

The Nationals lost their first three games and never recovered. The closest they got to.500 was at 0-1, 2-3, 3-4 and 6-7, but an eight-game losing streak in late April sealed their fate and set in motion what will likely be the second worst season in franchise history. Is the team's most valuable player? The two guys who were traded at the deadline will end up with 1-2 WAR. It was really bad.