Updated: Oct 29, 2020
1) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers were the best team in baseball from start to finish, and now they have the hardware to prove it.
2) Tampa Bay Rays – The unorthodox Rays’ unique approach brought them within two games of a world championship.
3) Atlanta Braves – The Braves gave the Dodgers their biggest challenge of the season, and will once again be top contenders in 2021.
4) Houston Astros – The underdog Astros nearly became the second team in history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.
5) San Diego Padres – Fernando Tatis Jr. and the young Padres have a bright future, but their lack of experience showed against the Dodgers.
6) New York Yankees – The Yankees got healthy at the right time, but it wasn’t enough to get past a Rays team that owned them in 2020.
7) Oakland A’s – A’s pitching had no answer for a hot Astros lineup, but Oakland will be back to compete in 2021, as they always are.
8) Miami Marlins – Stellar pitching from the Braves finally brought an end to Miami’s Cinderella story.
9) Minnesota Twins – The Twins finished the regular season strong, but once again laid an egg in the playoffs, extending their postseason losing streak to a record 18 games.
10) Chicago White Sox – The White Sox took the A’s to the limit, and will now look to take the next step in 2021.
11) Chicago Cubs – The Cubs’ offense took an early vacation against the Marlins, and will now look to regroup for 2021.
12) Cleveland Indians – Shane Bieber and the Indians’ pitching staff dominated the regular season, but were taken to the woodshed by the Yankees in the Wild Card round.
13) St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals beat adversity to make the playoffs, but came up short against the ascending Padres.
14) Cincinnati Reds – The Reds finished the regular season strong, but ran out of gas against the Braves in the Wild Card round.
15) Toronto Blue Jays – The young Jays gained valuable playoff experience, which should help them going forward.
16) Milwaukee Brewers – Some untimely injuries turned an uphill battle against the Dodgers into a Mount Everest climb.
17) San Francisco Giants – Mike Yastrzemski and Donovan Solano kept the surprising Giants in playoff contention until the final day of the regular season.
18) Philadelphia Phillies – A rough final week kept the Phillies out of the postseason.
19) Washington Nationals – Who would have thought that pitching would keep the Nats out of the playoffs in 2020?
20) New York Mets – The Mets finished with the Majors’ best batting average, but a weak finish kept them out of the postseason.
21) Kansas City Royals – If the Royals can find some pitching next year, they could be a factor in the AL Central.
22) Seattle Mariners – The Mariners finished the season on a high note, only two games out of a playoff spot.
23) Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout will need more help if the Angels hope to compete in 2021.
24) Colorado Rockies – Once again, poor pitching derailed the Rockies’ playoff chances.
25) Arizona Diamondbacks – The Dbacks expected to compete in the NL West, but ended up in the division’s cellar instead.
26) Detroit Tigers – The Tigers showed fight in 2020, but they will need help to compete in the AL Central.
27) Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles challenged early on, but they couldn’t hang with the rest of the AL East.
28) Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox ended 2020 on a high note, but their overall performance fell far short of their standards.
29) Texas Rangers – The Rangers finished with the AL’s worst record, and will face some hard decisions going forward.
30) Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates competed until the end, but they will need some major upgrades to stay out of the cellar in 2021.