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San Francisco Giants closing pitcher Dominic Leone reacts after defeating the San Diego Padres in a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. The Giants won the National League West title. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

Well, that's a wrap. The Giants made it to the end ranked No. 1 just like everyone thought would happen. The scrappy Dodgers hung with 'em all season, falling just short in their underdog bid to win the NL West again. The Rays won 100 games for the first time in season history. The Blue Jays and Mariners won at least 90 games but not enough to make the playoffs. The Braves missed Ronald Acuña for half of the season and still won the NL East. The Phillies made it over .500. The Padres didn't even make it to 80 victories after finishing in a tailspin. Shohei Ohtani didn't make it to the playoffs, but he did make a difference in the pennant race on the way to winning a likely AL MVP as a two-way pitching-hitting sensation. And hey: the Reds, Padres, Tigers, Angels and Mets made it back into the final rankings of the season. A real-live top 20. And now, it's all over — except for the postseason.

1. San Francisco Giants (107-55)

It's their first NL West title in nine years and the most wins in franchise history going back to 1883 when they were called the New York Gothams (which was a pretty cool nickname in itself). It went down to the end, avoiding a one-game playoff for the division, and possibly the one-game NL Wild Card, but they avoided them. They might see the Dodgers later in the week again, but even so, they'll do it with home-field advantage in a best-of-five series. (Last Week: No. 1)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (106-56)

The Dodgers are the first of 23 teams in MLB history to win at least 106 games and not win their division. Losing Clayton Kershaw and Max Muncy to injuries, in addition to falling short in winning the NL West, is a lousy way to end the regular season. Max Scherzer will pitch the NL Wild Card Game, and he makes for an amazing equalizer. (LW: 2)

3. Tampa Bay Rays (100-62)

We'll see how indicative the final weekend series against the Yankees was. New York had everything to lose and barely eked out a walk-off victory Sunday to salvage one game. The only thing the Rays had to play for was getting in the Yankees' heads by outplaying them without having to go all out to do it. The Rays look really tough to beat for whomever they see in the ALDS. (LW: 3)

4. Milwaukee Brewers (95-67)

The Brewers did not finish the final week well, losing five of six. Here's what manager Craig Counsell thinks of that:

(LW: 4)

5. Houston Astros (95-67)

Manager Dusty Baker said that right-hander Lance McCullers would start Game 1 against the White Sox in the ALDS on Thursday. He beat the White Sox in both starts this season, posting a 2.08 ERA with 14 strikeouts, six walks and four hits allowed in 13 innings. Could be bad news for the White Sox. (LW: 5)

MLB Power Rankings - Oct. 4, 2021
MLB Power Rankings - Oct. 4, 2021

6. White Sox (93-69)

They finished strong, albeit against weaker foes. They never were quite 100-percent healthy all season, with left-hander Carlos Rodón's effectiveness a big question mark heading into the Houston series. The other thing we don't know: How will setup man Craig Kimbrel pitch? Those are pretty big question marks, but when you look at how the Sox looked for the playoffs at virtually any other point in the season, they'll take it. (LW: 6)

7. St. Louis Cardinals (90-72)

They didn't end the regular season with a 22-game winning streak, but they did win 21 of their last 25. The Dodgers won't have Max Muncy in the Wild Card Game, and they have to be emotionally spent from trying to catch the Giants. Even without all of that as a backdrop, there's a real opportunity for the Cardinals to steal a spot in the NLDS. Also: So long, Mike Shannon! (LW: 7)

8. New York Yankees (92-70)

This play by Gio Urshela was something:

They had a hell of a time with the Rays, who pushed them to the brink of needing anywhere from one to three more extra games to resolve their postseason status. Even if they beat the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game at Fenway Park, the Rays will be waiting again in the ALDS. (LW: 8)

9. Boston Red Sox (92-70)

They appeared on the verge of blowing it by falling behind an unknown rookie pitcher on Sunday, but they came back on the Nationals to end the dream of a three-way tie for the AL Wild Card. (LW: 9)

10. Toronto Blue Jays (91-71)

Being the highest-ranked team not in the playoffs is probably no consolation to the Jays, who would have been super dangerous in the postseason had they reached it. (LW: 10)

11. Atlanta Braves (88-73)

Right-hander Charlie Morton starts on the hill in the NLDS against the Brewers at American Family Field on Friday night. (LW: 12)

12. Seattle Mariners (90-72)

The M's missed the playoffs for the 21st straight season by dropping two of their final three games against the Angels. The end was gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and soul-shattering. So, what's next? It seems like Kyle Seager is going to free agency, with GM Jerry Dipoto unlikely to pick up his $20-million option. (LW: 13)

13. Oakland Athletics (86-76)

They played just well enough to miss the playoffs, and a vision of their future is blurry — what the team will look like on the field, as well as where they will play. Will either be resolved by Spring Training? A's fans are bracing themselves for both answers. (LW: 13)

14. Cincinnati Reds (83-79)

It was a good year for the Reds on the field, with Joey Votto discovering a new way to get back his old stroke, Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker putting in All-MLB kind of seasons at the plate, and Jonathan India playing well enough to win NL Rookie of the Year. They obviously need help; a starting pitcher here, a reliever or two there, one of the big shortstops on the free-agent market. We should expect the Reds to go for a division crown in 2022. (LW: 15)

15. Philadelphia Phillies (82-80)

It's their first winning season since 2011, thanks largely to Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler. Imagine if they had some help. (LW: 14)

16. Cleveland Guardians (80-82)

The pitching staff looks to be in good shape for next season, and Terry Francona hopes the offseason will be enough time to heal his injuries so he can return as manager. In addition to changing the team's nickname, the front office needs to bolster the offense for the Guardians to compete with the White Sox. (LW: Not ranked)

17. San Diego Padres (79-83)

Just a brutal end to the season, which had a promising start that lasted into August. But, as Fernando Tatís said, there’s a lot of work to be done. (LW: Not ranked)

18-t. Detroit Tigers (77-85)

After starting 9-24 through May 7, they finished 68-61. They'll get even closer to contending once slugger Spencer Torkelson is promoted next season. (LW: Not ranked)

18-t. Los Angeles Angels (77-85)

Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh affected the pennant race in their own way by driving in key runs against the Mariners in the final series of the season. (LW: Not ranked)

18-t. New York Mets (77-85)

Jacob deGrom finished ninth in fWAR for pitchers in all of MLB despite missing about 17 or 18 starts because of an elbow and other injuries. No, they have not found Javier Báez's missing earring. (LW: Not ranked)

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