It is down to the final two series as the playoff field will be finalized within the next week. The Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins joined the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers as division champions. Baltimore and Texas are leading the MLB best bets in the AL East and West Division.
There wasn’t much change at the top of the MLB Power Rankings, with Atlanta leading Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The drama surrounding the Wild Card races in both leagues has the attention of those doing some MLB betting online.
The Cincinnati Reds (94-63) are just ahead of Baltimore (93-63) in the battle for the best run-line total record, with both teams favorites among those making MLB bets. The Kansas City Royals continue to have the worst run-line record in the majors.
When looking at our MLB playoff odds, the Atlanta Braves continue to lead the way at +275 in the odds of winning the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t far behind at +450, with the Baltimore Orioles topping AL teams at +650. The odds for defending World Series champion Houston moved from +650 to +900.
Here is a look at the MLB power rankings heading into the final week of the regular season.
1. Atlanta Braves: The Atlanta Braves became the first team to reach 100 wins. It was ace Spencer Strider who did the honors as he added to his MLB-leading wins and strikeout total.
Ronald Acuna Jr., who is listed by our sportsbook as the front-runner to win the National League Most Valuable Player award, recently reached the 40-40 club when he slugged his 40th home run of the season. Don’t be too concerned about the 4-6 record over the last 10 games since there is little left to play for as the Braves wrap up the regular season.
2. Baltimore Orioles: Baltimore won back-to-back games as the Orioles continue to hold off Tampa Bay in the race for the AL East Division title and top seed in the AL playoffs.
Adley Rutschman is batting .435 over the last six games, with Ryan O’Hearn and Anthony Santander also hitting over .300 in the last week.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers are 8-2 over the last 10 games, but it still seems unlikely that they will catch Atlanta for the best record in the majors.
The 28 home runs in 20 games in September is one of the reasons why the Dodgers are holding firm at No. 3 in the Power Rankings.
The Dodgers have the best run-line total in the NL West despite a so-so 38-33 mark at home.
Miggy making the play while mic’d up is gold. 😂 pic.twitter.com/fPuIJucfhJ
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 24, 2023
4. Tampa Bay Rays: Tampa Bay’s recent play has been a bit up and down. However, it is hard to overlook the 95 wins and MLB-leading 53 home victories.
Tampa Bay is in the middle of the pack when it comes to runs scored in the month of September, and with all the injuries to the pitching staff, that will need to change for the Rays to make noise in the postseason.
5. Texas Rangers: Just when it looked like the AL West Division race might come down to the final game or two, the Rangers went on a five-game winning streak to create some breathing room.
Corey Seager continues to put together a remarkable season, while the Rangers’ ability to deliver clutch hits has made them the surprise division leader.
6. Houston Astros: Houston needs to figure things out pronto. A 3-7 mark over the last 10 games resulted in the Astros losing control of the AL West race.
Being swept in a weekend series by the lowly Kansas City Royals is pretty hard to defend, and now comes a huge series against Seattle.
With seven games to go, the Texas Rangers currently hold a 2.5 game lead over the Houston Astros in the AL West.
They’ll begin a three-game series out in Anaheim tonight, followed by four more with Seattle to close out the season.
Let’s keep this thing going! pic.twitter.com/xKaWXLKF26
— Michael Bier (@MichaelJBier) September 25, 2023
7. Milwaukee Brewers: Even after dropping the last two games, the Brewers head into the postseason as the NL Central Division champions.
There are some concerns on offense, but a team with starting pitchers Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta to go with Devin Williams coming out of the bullpen will not be a fun team to encounter in the postseason.
8. Toronto Blue Jays: Toronto is coming on strong as the Blue Jays have won seven of the last 10 games to take over the No. 2 Wild-Card spot in the AL. The lack of starting pitching depth is a concern, however.
Veterans George Springer and Kevin Kiermaier are delivering on offense for the Blue Jays.
9. Seattle Mariners: Seattle is in danger of playing its way out of the playoff picture as Seattle has lost three games in a row and six of the last 10.
Young pitchers George Kirby and Bryce Miller will be in the spotlight in the three-game series against Houston Astros, who are just ½ a game ahead of the Mariners in the race for the final playoff spot in the AL.
10. Arizona Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen did what Aces and Cy Young candidates are supposed to during Sunday’s start as the Diamondbacks are currently in playoff position. Now it is Merrill Kelly’s turn to get going as Arizona looks to defy the odds by making the postseason. Our MLB odds priced Arizona at +12500 to win the World Series.
With a series against a desperate Houston team right around the corner, the Diamondbacks would be well advised to take care of business against the New York Yankees first.
11. Minnesota Twins: Minnesota won seven of the last 10 games to wrap up the AL Central Division title. The key moving forward is to get starters Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, and Pablo Lopez peaking for the postseason. A little more offensive production wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
12. Chicago Cubs: The much-needed three-game winning streak might have saved the postseason hopes for Chicago. Now the Cubs, who have struggled on the road, end the season with a series against NL East champion Atlanta and NL Central champ Milwaukee left to play.
“You’re gonna sing ‘Go, Cubs, Go’ aren’t you?” pic.twitter.com/43I9OroiWy
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 24, 2023
13. Philadelphia Phillies: The defending NL champions have flown a bit under the radar this season thanks to the way Atlanta pulled away in the NL East race. With the ability of the Phillies to hit home runs and some veteran starting pitchers to rely on, this is not a team to sleep on, especially with the Phillies recently moving over .500 on the road.
14. Miami Marlins: Miami got some bad news regarding reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara, and a 35-40 road record is not ideal. However, Miami has found a way to remain in contention for a playoff berth.
15. San Diego Padres: It is looking like a case of too little, too late for the Padres. San Diego is 9-1 over the last 10 games, but there was too much room to make up and too many teams to leap over in the NL. The Padres could be eliminated during the series with rival San Francisco.
16. Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have an MLB-leading 92-59 record against the run line, and for entertainment value, pitcher Hunter Greene and infielder Elly De La Cruz are among the most exciting young players in baseball. Will that be enough for the Reds to make it into the postseason?
17. San Francisco Giants: What a second-half meltdown for the Giants. A 28-38 record since the MLB All-Star Game ended the chances of San Francisco making it into the playoffs. The Giants aren’t eliminated from playoff contention yet, but it could happen sooner rather than later.
18. Detroit Tigers: Detroit has a winning record in the second half of the season and has a roster full of talented young players. There will be no postseason, but perhaps the Tigers can finish second in the AL Central Division standings.
19. Cleveland Guardians: That No. 2 slot in the AL Central is currently held by Cleveland. Much of the focus will be on the final two series in the career of veteran manager Terry Francona’s career.
20. New York Yankees: The Yankees have a winning record but so much more was expected coming into the season. It is looking like Gerrit Cole will win the American League Cy Young Award. Will he remain with the Yankees?
21. Pittsburgh Pirates: Pittsburgh is relegated to the role of the spoiler facing Philadelphia and Miami to wrap up the regular season.
22. Boston Red Sox: Boston has losing records at home and on the road, as the Red Sox are headed to a last-place finish in the AL East thanks to a 2-8 record over the last 10 games.
23. New York Mets: What a nightmare of the season it has been for the Mets. A 32-49 record on the road ended any chance of living up to the lofty preseason expectations.
24: St. Louis Cardinals: The list of players out for the season is better than the one the Cardinals can put out on the field. St. Louis is going through a rare losing season.
25. Washington Nationals: Consistency is not always a good thing, as Washington has 34 wins at home and 35 on the road.
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— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) September 25, 2023
26. Los Angeles Angels: The season will end with no Shohei Ohtani or Mike Trout in the lineup and another season with no playoff appearance.
27. Colorado Rockies: Colorado is on the verge of a 100-loss season. Nolan Jones has been a bright spot, but the pitching staff is a mess.
28. Chicago White Sox: The list of most disappointing teams in the majors this season will certainly include the White Sox. Now outfielder Luis Robert Jr., one of the team’s bright spots, is dealing with an injury.
29. Kansas City Royals: Kansas City won’t have the worst record in the majors and that’s about the only silver lining to their 2023 season. Shortstop Bobby Witt is an elite player and he needs some help.
30. Oakland Athletics: The 48-108 record tells the story of the season. The Athletics have been outscored by 326 runs as they are in the conversation of the worst team in MLB history.