1. Houston Astros (90-49)
Welcome to the top spot Houston! And this is fresh off the no-no from Verlander. He joins an elite club of players with 3 or more no hitters.
2. New York Yankees (90-49)
The Yankees have had 12 players hit at least 10 home runs. That ties the record, set by last year’s Yankees.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (90-50)
Since I made comments about Hyun-Jin Ryu’s possibly historic ERA, he’s been absolutely terrible with an 11.05 ERA in his last three starts.
4. Atlanta Braves (85-54)
Among NL teams, only the Dodgers (755) have scored more runs than the Braves (741) this season. They have scored 35 runs over their last 4 games.
5. Minnesota Twins (85-52)
The Twins have set an MLB record for home runs. They are currently sitting at 269 and still have a lot of games left. 300 home runs on the season is a realistic target.
6. Tampa Bay Rays (81-58)
A three-game sweep of the Indians is exactly the kind of bounce-back the Rays needed after failing to win series against the Mariners, Orioles, and Astros
7. Cleveland Indians (80-58)
Carlos Carrasco’s return following his leukemia diagnosis was the feel good story of the season. He will be a major help in whatever role they have for him.
8. Washington Nationals (77-59)
The Nationals are now almost a lock to make the postseason, 97.1% odds according to Fangraphs. Their rotation has been one of the best the last few months.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (77-60)
The Cardinals have been scorching hot of late, their 17-5 record since Aug. 9 the best in baseball. This has allowed them to build a 3 game lead in the NL Central.
10. Oakland Athletics (78-58)
This year’s A’s went 17-9 in the month of August. They did end up losing a series to the Yankees and that caused them to drop out of the wild card spot. But they only have 4 games left this season against a team with a winning record.
11. Boston Red Sox (74-63)
Boston has won 10 of 14 thanks to a scorching hot J.D. Martinez. Their playoff odds aren’t great, 6.7%, but if they keep winning….
12. Chicago Cubs (74-63)
Nick Castellanos has hit 11 HR in 30 games with the Cubs. In 100 games with the Tigers, he hit 11. Fangraphs has their playoff odds at 79.3%.
13. Philadelphia Phillies (71-65)
It’s been average baseball in Philadelphia since the All-Star break, with the team going 23-22 and a 13-14 record during August. They only have 5.0% chance of making the playoffs according to Fangraphs.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (71-67)
Arizona has been hot of late going 7-3 in their last 10. That includes taking 3 of 4 from the Dodgers and their playoff odds sit at 5.3%.
15. Milwaukee Brewers (70-67)
The Brewers are currently 7 games behind the Cardinals and 4 behind the Cubbies. As the season moves on, they look more like a pretender than a contender.
16. New York Mets (70-67)
They lost six in a row at home against fellow contenders the Cubs and Braves, including the worst start of Syndergaard’s career. They had a good series against the Phillies but only have 13.9% chance of making the wild card.
17. Texas Rangers (68-71)
The wheels have really come off of late. They have 0 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to Fangraphs, but at least they lead the league in steals and they shut out the Yankees!
18. San Francisco Giants (66-71)
While they are only 7 games back of the wild card, that hot run from the month of July really hurt them in the long run. They held onto pieces they should have traded and could have built for the future.
19. San Diego Padres (64-73)
For the Padres, it’s officially time to play for next year but they hung in longer than most expected they would. They have the pieces, but need a good offseason to boost their chances next season.
20. Los Angeles Angels (65-73)
They have gone 2-8 in their last 10 but at least they have Mike Trout. Trout not only surpassed Derek Jeter in career WAR this past month but he became the youngest player ever to reach the 200+ home run, 200+ steals club.
21. Cincinnati Reds (64-74)
Aristides Aquino has been absolutely special for the Reds. He already holds the records for the most home runs hit by a player through his first 12 (8 homers), 14 (9), 16 (10), 17 (11), 22 (12), 27 (13) and 28 games (14) of his career.
22. Chicago White Sox (60-77)
Lucas Giolito continued his stellar turnaround season with an excellent August that included a three-hit shutout of the powerful Twins. He has the look of a legitimate Ace.
23. Pittsburgh Pirates (60-77)
Pittsburgh fans can still cheer for their team to play spoiler. In the final month of the season, the Pirates face the Cardinals and Brewers three times each and the Cubs six times.
24. Colorado Rockies (59-80)
Nolan Arenado’s ridiculous August has continued into September. He cranked his 35th homer of the season Sunday after mashing 12 bombs in August. This will be the 5th straight season that Arenado has hit 35 or more homers.
25. Toronto Blue Jays (55-84)
The early excitement from the Bo Bichette call-up has worn off. The team is 3-7 in their last 10 and were just no hit by Justin Verlander. The future of this team is bright.
26. Seattle Mariners (58-81)
Kyle Seager’s hitting in August was one of the best months of his career. Seager finished the month hitting .323/.417/.699 with 9 home runs, 8 doubles and 25 RBIs. This might provide some trade value in the off season.
27. Kansas City Royals (49-89)
Jorge Soler is on the verge of being the first Royal to hit 40 homers in a season. The team was just bought by an investment group led by Indians minority owner John Sherman. That is exciting news for the Royal faithful.
28. Miami Marlins (48-88)
Miami struggled through a horrendous August, winning just seven games and getting outscored by 70 runs. It doesn’t help that Brian Anderson is out for the season.
29. Baltimore Orioles (45-92)
An ugly Orioles season got a bit of a boost down on the farm when highly touted prospect Ryan Mountcastle was named MVP of the Triple-A International League. At least the future looks somewhat bright, right?
30. Detroit Tigers (40-95)
The Tigers’ ugly season has cratered even further. Matthew Boyd, who was such a bright light early in the campaign, posted a 7.16 ERA over 32 2/3 August innings. They should have moved him at the deadline.