Photo courtesy USA Today

Photo courtesy USA Today

Sadly, this will be the last MLB Power Rankings of the season for GuysNation. There’s only a week left and we’ve done all we can to prognosticate how these teams stack up with this last rankings.

The good news fall baseball is almost here. Literally. Tomorrow is the first day of fall and not much long after the postseason begins. There’s really no telling who’ll win the fall classic, so all we can do is shape up which teams are most likely. Thus, our final Power Rankings.

Once again the top six spots are reserved for teams that are winning their division, with the highest spots going to the teams that have already clinched. Before you can win it all, you have to get to October, and, more than anything, the closer you are to getting there, the better your chances.

But you already know all this already. So, with a heavy heart, let’s get on with it. For the final time in 2014, let’s see how all 30 Major League teams stack up.

MLB POWER RANKINGS – SEPTEMBER 22ND

1. Los Angeles Angels | 96-60 (52-29 Home, 44-31 Road) [Change From Last Ranking: ± 0]
Really the only team with a shot to still win 100 games, they have to go just 4-2 from here.

2. Baltimore Orioles | 93-62 (50-31 Home, 43-31 Road) [± 0]
Probably won’t make it to 100, but clinching the East with a week and a half to go is equally impressive.

3. Washington Nationals | 91-64 (46-28 Home, 45-36 Road) [+ 1]
Aided by Atlanta’s willingness to roll over and die, that didn’t stop them from stepping on their throat.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers | 89-67 (40-35 Home, 49-32 Road) [- 1]
Really only take a step back because San Francisco is hanging in there, they should still win the West.

5. St. Louis Cardinals | 87-69 (51-30 Home, 36-39 Road) [± 0]
They’ll be in the postseason, but as a wild card team or a division champ? That’s the question.

6. Detroit Tigers | 86-69 (41-33 Home, 45-36 Road) [+ 5]
Back on top of their division, they can’t afford to lose it again with just a week left.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates | 84-71 (51-30 Home, 33-41 Road) [+ 2]
Yes, they’re hot. But it’s mostly at home. And that road record makes them favorites to leave early.

8. San Francisco Giants | 84-71 (42-35 Home, 42-36 Road) [± 0]
I don’t think they’ll catch LA, and they very well may play IN Pittsburgh for the wild card game.

9.  Oakland Athletics | 85-70 (47-31 Home, 38-39 Road) [- 2]
The longer September goes on, the more vulnerable they look.

10. Kansas City Royals | 84-70 (42-38 Home, 42-32 Road) [- 4]
Detroit gave them the division and they gave it right back. Luckily, this re-gifting will end in a week.

11. Seattle Mariners | 83-72 (38-40 Home, 45-32 Road) [- 1]
Let’s be honest, the Mariners sort of belong out of the playoffs, don’t they?

12. Cleveland Indians | 81-74 (45-30 Home, 36-44 Road) [+ 2]
They’re slowly  rising up, but it’s just too little, too late at this point.

13. Milwaukee Brewers | 80-76 (41-37 Home, 39-39 Road) [± 0]
I have watched this Milwaukee implosion with what can only be described as morbid curiosity.

14. New York Yankees | 80-75 (41-36 Home, 39-39 Road) [+ 1]
A LOT has to go right for the Yankees to make October, and that just hasn’t been the theme this season.

15. Toronto Blue Jays | 78-77 (41-33 Home, 37-44 Road) [+ 1]
Not technically eliminated yet, though their play as of late would seem to indicate otherwise.

16. Atlanta Braves | 76-79 (41-36 Home, 35-43 Road) [- 4]
They too could still in theory make the playoffs, but the weatherman in hell isn’t calling for a cold front.

17. Tampa Bay Rays | 75-81 (36-45 Home, 39-36 Road) [+ 3]
Congratulations, Tampa, you’re the best of the teams whose season is officially over. Go you!

18. New York Mets | 76-80 (38-40 Home, 38-40 Road) [+ 1]
There’s talk of moving the Citi Field fences in even more. Or maybe they could just invest in an offense?

19. Miami Marlins | 74-81 (40-38 Home, 34-43 Road) [- 1]
Didn’t things just look promising for next year getting swept by the Nats at home over FOUR games?

20. San Diego Padres | 74-81 (46-32 Home, 28-49 Road) [+ 1]
All this franchise needs to make a winning team is to play 162 games at home next year.

21. Cincinnati Reds | 72-84 (40-35 Home, 32-49 Road) [- 4]
The difference between them and Milwaukee is the Brewers actually had a playoff spot pre-collapse.

22. Chicago White Sox | 71-84 (39-38 Home, 32-46 Road) [+ 3]
They might finish with a winning record at home. So, there’s something, I guess.

23. Philadelphia Phillies | 71-85 (36-42 Home, 35-43 Road) [- 1]
When the season is over, I’m guessing their roster has to go back to the retirement home.

24. Boston Red Sox | 68-88 (31-44 Home, 37-44 Road) [- 1]
Their 2013 title seems so long ago it could be a Ken Burns documentary.

25. Chicago Cubs | 69-87 (39-39 Home, 30-48 Road) [- 1]
My biggest question is what highlights would a new big screen scoreboard show exactly?

26. Houston Astros | 69-87 (38-43 Home, 31-44 Road) [± 0]
Who wants to manage a Triple-A squad plus George Springer? Acquire within.

27. Colorado Rockies | 65-91 (45-36 Home, 20-55 Road) [+ 2]
Six game winning streak? Well, how about that? Way to tank your draft stock.

28. Minnesota Twins | 66-89 (33-45 Home, 33-44 Road) [- 1]
Another year down, another year that handful of premier prospects are closer to the “Bigs”.

29. Texas Rangers | 62-93 (28-46 Home, 34-47 Road) [+ 1]
Just drop your last seven games and lose 100 on the year like we expect you to, okay?

30. Arizona Diamondbacks | 62-94 (32-46 Home, 30-48 Road)  [- 2]
Back where they started: on the bottom. Drake would be so disappointed if he were a fan.