With the 2022 regular season wrapping up in seven days, most of the focus is on the playoffs.

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The 18 clubs that finished their last game are looking forward to the off-season; however, the six wildcard contenders continue to struggle for the final five spots, while all the top seven major tournament teams have already secured a postseason spot.

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Those teams that have been successful have yet to decide on positions in the postseason, but the question remains: where is your favorite team in the run-up to October?

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Our panel of experts ranked each baseball team based on what we saw this year and what we already knew ahead of the 162-game marathon, which is a full baseball season. We also asked Sportzshala MLB experts David Schonfield, Bradford Doolittle, Jesse Rogers, Alden Gonzalez and Jun Lee to rate all 30 teams.

Week 24 | Second half preview | Preseason Ranking

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Write down: 107-48

Previous rating: one

The Dodgers are experiencing one of the most impressive periods in baseball history, becoming the first team to win at least 106 games in three full seasons in a row. The Dodgers won 106 games in 2019, 106 wins in 2021, and a franchise-record 107 wins in 2022. regular season and then finally won it all.

Over the past four years, they have won at least 29 more regular season games than anyone else. Now they need to confirm this race with a traditional championship. And for this they need to put their staff in order. As October approaches, many uncertainties remain. — Gonzalez


2. Houston Astros

Write down: 102-54

Previous rating: 2

Barring a major slump at the end of the season, Astros batsman Jordan Alvarez is set to join the prestigious club. He is likely to become only the fourth hitter in Houston franchise history to reach a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, and .600 batting percentage in a single season. Lance Berkman (2001 and 2006) and Jeff Bagwell (1994 and 2000) have done it twice, and Moises Alu accomplished the feat in 2000.

Alvarez can be as close to a no-nonsense hitter as you can get in baseball right now, if only because of his remarkable consistency. Over four seasons in his career, look at some of Alvarez’s splits (until Tuesday): .982 pps home, .962 away; 0.984 versus right-handers, 0.954 versus left-handers; .992 before All-Star break, .956 after; 1.028 with empty bases, .920 with skids on the base. Simply put, Alvarez is good at almost everything when he has a bat in his hands. — Doolittle


3. New York Mets

Write down: 98-58

Previous rating: 3

Yes, that line you saw from Jacob de Grom against A on Saturday was correct: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 1 HR. It was his worst game performance since May 17, 2019, when the Marlins lost seven points over five innings to him. Okay, it happens to the best of them, but deGrom has now allowed 11 runs in his last three starts and the other two games were against the Cubs and Pirates (although he made a fan 23 in those two starts). His next start will be in a big showdown against the Braves on Saturday. Time for an ace to bet. — Shenfield


4. Atlanta Braves

Write down: 97-59

Previous rating: four

Spencer Strider’s oblique injury is obviously a huge blow, and while the Braves haven’t eliminated him from the playoffs yet, he’s ready for the regular season. Finishing 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA and 202 strikeouts in just 131 ⅔ innings, Strider becomes the first Braves rookie in the modern era to hit 200 strikeouts. The Braves still have Max Fried, Kyle Wright and Charlie Morton to lead the playoff rotation, but rookie Bryce Elder could now be the No. 4 starter if Strider can’t leave. He just had a six-hit shutout…against the Nationals. His excellent start before that was also against the nationals. His two starts before those two: against the Marlins. It hasn’t been tested for sure. — Shenfield


5. New York Yankees

Write down: 96-59

Previous rating: 5

The Yankees turned things around after massive August fighting. Aaron Judge has consistently hit homer after homer to set Roger Maris’ franchise record of 61. The team also saw a strong performance from Gleiber Torres, who hit .333/.404/.598 this month. On the hill, New York continues to try to figure things out in the bullpen ahead of the postseason due to years of struggling with Aroldis Chapman and the return of Zach Britton from the injured list. — Lee


6. St. Louis Cardinals

Write down: 90-66

Previous rating: 6

St. Louis captured another division title by dominating NL Central in the second half of the season. Last Friday, Albert Pujols hit his 699th and 700th career home runs, continuing his trend of hitting big when the Cardinals need them most. In game situations that are considered late and close, Pujols has an OPS of over 1,100 this season and the team leads in four home runs, hitting about .321. Compare that to probable NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt, who hits .196 in such situations, and that’s another reason to admire the future Hall of Famer. — Rogers


7. Toronto Blue Jays

Write down: 87-69

Previous rating: 7

The Blue Jays continue their strong September, shortstop Beau Bichette finds his swing and looks again like the offensive spark plug the Toronto roster needs. While one of the biggest issues facing the team in the postseason is pitching, young ace Alec Manoa looks to be one of the best starters in the major leagues with seven consecutive quality starts. He, along with Kevin Gausman, will be the team’s offensive center in October. — Lee


8. Cleveland Guardians

Write down: 87-68

Previous rating: eleven

You may remember that all season long in the power rating comments, we lamented that no one at AL Central seemed to be able to take control of a division that could be won. In September, the Guardians silenced this lamentation. On September 4, Cleveland lost to the Mariners, winning first place with the Minnesota. A week later, the Guardians won by 2.5 games. On September 18, the advantage was only 3.5 games. By September 25, the advantage had increased to 10 games. Talk about getting hot at the right time. The final difference is not yet known, but in the era of the jokers, when the Guardians / Indians won, they Indeed won. It will be the 11th Cleveland team to have won the No. 1 spot since 1995. The smallest difference in division wins is six games (1997 and 2001). The average difference was 13.3 games. — Doolittle


9. Tampa Bay Rays

Write down: 85-70

Previous rating: eight

The Rays went 2-5 against the Astros and Blue Jays last week and scored just four runs from five losses while dealing with the loss of third baseman Yandy Diaz, who was struggling with shoulder pain. The team got a big boost from the return of Tyler Glasnow, who missed almost 14 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Glasnow was one of the team’s top pitchers in 2021 before he went down with an injury and could be a huge boon for a team that has been battling injuries all year as Brandon Lowe and Shane Baz are also out for the season. — Lee


10. San Diego Padres

Write down: 86-69

Previous rating: 12

The Padres, hoping to get one of two wildcard spots still available to grab in the NL, are playing their best baseball in recent memory, winning eight of their last 11. Their starting pitchers have a major league-best 1.79 ERA. during this stretch, which dates back to September 16, Juan Soto finally looks like himself again, hitting .341/0.471/0.585. The Padres are happy to run this formula through October, and their remaining schedule is favorable for that. From this point on, the Padres only play at home; their final two series of the regular season will come against the White Sox and Giants, two teams with nothing left to play. — Gonzalez


11. Philadelphia Phillies

Write down: 83-71

Previous rating: ten

The fight continues as the Phillies have lost nine of their last 12 games, although they managed to split a four-game streak against the Braves over the weekend. They could use this weekend’s rout of the Nationals (a four-game series) to put some distance between them and the Brewers and secure their final wildcard spot. Funny season stat: JT Realmuto steals 18 bases out of 18, but that’s not even a number. team record for most thefts without being caught. Chase Utley holds the MLB record with 23-of-23 for Philadelphia in 2009. — Shenfield


12. Seattle Mariners

Write down: 84-70

Previous rating: 9

The Mariners hobble home in their quest to end the longest Major playoff drought ever, going 3-7 on a disastrous trip to Anaheim, Oakland and Kansas City before losing to the Rangers in the first game of the season. a Homestand ending that will also see Oakland and Detroit visit Seattle.

That trip ended in a 13–12 loss to the Royals as the Mariners squandered an 11–2 lead as the Royals scored 11 runs in the sixth inning. Some have called it the worst loss in franchise history, on par with the infamous 2001 15-14 loss to Cleveland, when the Mariners squandered a 14-2 lead — the biggest lead an MLB team has ever lost. , and which cost the club the record for most wins in a single season (which it shares with the 1906 Cubs at 116). — Shenfield


13. Milwaukee Brewers

Write down: 83-72

Previous rating: 13

Milwaukee didn’t give up despite not having a chance to make the playoffs. The biggest hurdle for the Brewers may be the absence of a tiebreak with either Philadelphia or San Diego. A series win over Cincinnati over the weekend boosted their chances, but their best hopes may come in the final days of the season. Milwaukee plays its last two series at home against the Marlins and Diamondbacks, which are below. 500. Brewers 11 games this season against such teams. A sweep of any of these will make a big difference…