Here are this week's rankings:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (79-32 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week) -- Skipper Dave Roberts has his team playing at a very assured level. The Dodgers are primed for first their World Series appearance since their 1988 victory against the heavily favored Oakland Athletics.
2. Houston Astros (71-40, No. 2) -- Will ownership approve a costly deal for starter Justin Verlander after general manager Jeff Luhnow struck out at the deadline?
3. Washington Nationals (65-44, No. 4) -- General manager Mike Rizzo seems to have pulled the right strings with the bullpen additions of Ryan Madson, Brandon Kintzler and Sean Doolittle, but will it pay off in October? Outfielder Howie Kendrick is providing a nice shot in the arm to the offense with Jayson Werth still on the disabled list.
4. Boston Red Sox (63-49, No. 8) -- Rookie third baseman Rafael Devers seems to be the real deal, and he is only 20. The gutsy move by the organization looks to be paying dividends.
5. Colorado Rockies (64-48, No. 7) -- Bud Black was the right hire as manager, and Colorado's future looks bright, even if the Rockies end up one-and-done this postseason.
6. Cleveland Indians (59-50, No. 3) -- The offense has just never kicked into high gear. However, enigmatic starter Trevor Bauer seems to have kicked into his high gear, providing a much-needed boost to the starting staff. Ace Corey Kluber gives them an edge in any series they play during the American League playoffs.
7. Arizona Diamondbacks (63-48, No. 10) -- After starter Zack Greinke had one down season, many forgot just how great he really is. His presence makes the Diamondbacks a dangerous postseason entrant.
8. New York Yankees (59-51, No. 6) -- Things went sour after the acquisition of right-hander Sonny Gray, but there's still time to win the AL East. Their destiny is still very much in their hands. What happened to designated hitter Matt Holliday to cause his subpar season?
9. Chicago Cubs (58-52, No. 5) -- They surged past Milwaukee after the All-Star break but suddenly have hit yet another speed bump. It's all a matter of hunger now.
10. Seattle Mariners (57-56, No. 11) -- General manager Jerry Dipoto is trying to leave no stone unturned to get his club to the playoffs, but it looks like the starting pitching just isn't good enough with fast-aging starter Felix Hernandez and the loss of starter Drew Smyly.
11. Milwaukee Brewers (59-54, No. 12)
12. Kansas City Royals (57-53, No. 9)
13. Tampa Bay Rays (58-55, No. 13)
14. Baltimore Orioles (55-56, No. 15)
15. Pittsburgh Pirates (54-57, No. 16)
16. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (55-57, No. 18)
17. St. Louis Cardinals (55-56, No. 14)
18. Minnesota Twins (53-56, No. 17)
19. Texas Rangers (53-58, No. 19)
20. Miami Marlins (52-57, No. 20)
21. Atlanta Braves (51-59, No. 21)
22. Toronto Blue Jays (52-59, No. 23)
23. Detroit Tigers (51-59, No. 24)
24. New York Mets (49-60, No. 22)
25. Oakland Athletics (50-62, No. 26)
26. San Diego Padres (49-61, No. 25)
27. Cincinnati Reds (45-66, No. 27)
28. San Francisco Giants (44-69, No. 29)
29. Chicago White Sox (41-68, No. 28)
30. Philadelphia Phillies (40-69, No. 30)