Sunday, October 17 2021

Most of Major League Baseball’s division races are settled heading into the final fortnight of the regular season, but the NL East and NL West are separated by two games or less and wild-card spots are still up for grabs.

Through Sunday, the Boston Red Sox are a game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for the top AL wild-card spot, while the New York Yankees (1½ GB), Oakland Athletics (2 GB) and Seattle Mariners (4 GB) remain in the race.

In the NL, the St. Louis Cardinals‘ eight-game winning streak has them holding the second wild-card spot with the Cincinnati Reds (3 GB), Philadelphia Phillies (3½ GB) and San Diego Padres (3½ GB) in pursuit.

Here’s how USA TODAY Sports’ seven-person panel voted this week:

Rank (movement from last week)

1. San Francisco Giants (–)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (–)

3. Tampa Bay Rays (–)

4. Milwaukee Brewers (–)

5. Houston Astros (–)

6. Chicago White Sox (+1)

7. Toronto Blue Jays (-1)

8. Boston Red Sox (–)

9. New York Yankees (–)

10. Oakland Athletics (+2)

11. St. Louis Cardinals (+4)

12. Atlanta Braves (-2)

13. Seattle Mariners (–)

14. Philadelphia Phillies (+2)

15. San Diego Padres (-4)

16. Cincinnati Reds (-2)

17. Cleveland (+1)

18. New York Mets (-1)

19. Los Angeles Angels (–)

20. Detroit Tigers (–)

21. Colorado Rockies

22. Kansas City Royals (–)

23. Chicago Cubs (–)

24. Miami Marlins (–)

25. Minnesota Twins (–)

26. Washington Nationals (–)

27. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)

28. Texas Rangers (–)

29. Arizona Diamondbacks (–)

30. Baltimore Orioles (–)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB power rankings: New York Yankees on the outside looking in

Source: Yahoo Sports

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