1. Texas Rangers – The Rangers are locking in a battle with the Yankees for homefield advantage in the playoffs.
2. New York Yankees – The Yankees are still holding off the Orioles, but just barely, with five games to play. What a race it has been the past two months.
3. Cincinnati Reds – Homer Bailey’s no-hitter was the 7th of the season, which hasn’t happened since 1991.
4. Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles finally have a positive run differential after smashing the hapless Red Sox.
5. Washington Nationals – The Nationals and Reds continue to go toe-to-toe in their fight for homefield advantage throughout the postseason.
6. Oakland Athletics – Despite an absolutely brutal schedule down the stretch, the pesky Athletics just won’t go away.
7. San Francisco Giants – The Giants are quietly rolling into the postseason as one of the hottest teams in baseball.
8. Atlanta Braves – It looks like the Braves are just going to come up a bit short in their bid for the NL East title.
9. Los Angeles Angels – The Angels continue to rattle off wins, but the O’s and A’s just won’t give them much help.
10. Tampa Bay Rays – Friday night’s loss to the White Sox could be the final blow to their postseason hopes, snapping an eight-game win streak.
11. Detroit Tigers – The fact that Mike Trout might not win the AL MVP shows you just how good Miguel Cabrera has played this season.
12. St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals ran away with the second wild card spot and the Braves certainly aren’t happy about facing them in a one-game playoff.
13. Chicago White Sox – The White Sox are in the midst of an ugly collapse that has quickly quieted any talk of Robin Ventura for Manager of the Year.
14. Los Angeles Dodgers – Other than the Phillies and Red Sox, the Dodgers have to be the biggest disappointment in baseball.
15. Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun’s numbers this year seem are better than in 2011 when he won the MVP and later tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
16. Philadelphia Phillies – A late surge fell short, but they will be back.
17. Arizona Diamondbacks – It might be time to shake up the roster a bit. There is too much talent to be a .500 club.
18. Seattle Mariners – With a couple of young pitchers throwing well down the stretch, this team could make a jump in the standings next year.
19. Pittsburgh Pirates – Being no-hit by Homer Bailey put the icing on the cake to Pittsburgh’s massive collapse.
20. Kansas City Royals –
21. Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays have to be happy with the way they are finishing the season strong and building momentum into next year.
22. New York Mets – R.A. Dickey picked up his 20th win, which will likely be the highlight of their season.
23. San Diego Padres – If the Padres can make a few smart free agent signings, they could be a wild card contender next year.
24. Boston Red Sox – It’s only been a season, but there is no way Bobby Valentine can return next year.
25. Miami Marlins – It’s beginning to look like Ozzie Guillen’s time in Miami will be cut short.
26. Minnesota Twins – The Twins are doing their best to play spoiler down the stretch.
27. Cleveland Indians – Manny Acta got the axe with just a handful of games left to play. Why not just wait until the season ends?
28. Chicago Cubs – The Cubs have to be pleased with the way Carlos Marmol bounced back after losing the closer’s job early in the season.
29. Colorado Rockies – Well, at least Peyton Manning gives them hope for their football team.
30. Houston Astros – With the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Houston Astros select……