The final day of the 2021 Major League Baseball(MLB) Regular Season is October 3rd, 2021. It's hard to believe that we are exactly one month away from the final day of regulation in the 2021 MLB Season. In this take, I'm going to look at all 30 MLB Teams, and look at their chances of making the postseason,.
Teams That Have Already Been Eliminated From the 2021 MLB Postseason: Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Texas Rangers.
The Baltimore Orioles were eliminated from MLB Postseason Contention on August 28th, 2021, and in a modern 162 game schedule where the last game of the regular season is in October. this is quite terrible. They haven't won a World Series title since 1983, meaning this is their 39th consecutive season without a World Series victory. Ouch! The Arizona Diamondbacks were eliminated from postseason contention on the same day as the Texas Rangers(August 31st, 2021). The Diamondbacks have now gone 21 consecutive seasons without a World Series Title, and the Rangers(who began in the 1961 MLB Season as the Washington Senators) have still never won a World Series Title in their 61 season history. Yikes!
Team That Are Pretty Much Going to the 2021 MLB Postseason No Matter What: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, and New York Yankees.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to be the first team since the 1998-2000 New York Yankees(a three-peat) to win consecutive World Series Titles. If they ultimately do as such, a debate is sure to spark: Dodgers haters will discount their repeat title because the 2020 MLB Season was a shortened 60 game season with a massive postseason field, so many people already don’t like to “count” their World Series victory as legitimate. The Dodgers are arguably the best team in MLB, and with a loaded roster since the 2021 All-Star Brake, they are even more dangerous than they were last year. I never pick a team to repeat, but if a team is going to repeat in this modern day era of MLB, it will be the 2021 Dodgers.
The San Francisco Giants are tied with the Dodgers with the highest winning percentage in MLB(.634), making them this year’s biggest surprise MLB Team. While it’s a shame for the fans that they may lose the National League(NL) West Division they have been leading the entire season, they will certainly win the first Wild Card spot, barring a major catastrophe. The Giants haven’t won a World Series Title since the 2014 MLB Season, which ended their “Odd-Year dynasty” in the 2010s.
The Milwaukee Brewers are now leading the NL Central by ten games over the second place Cincinnati Reds(who have been inconsistent the entire season). It’s safe to say they win the NL Central, and move on to the postseason-possibly even as the number one seed in the NL, given they currently have a .607 Winning Percentage. The Brewers began their franchise history in the 1969 season(as the Seattle Pilots), and they’re now in their 53rd season, and have still never won a World Series Title. Since the Milwaukee Bucks recently ended their major National Basketball Association(NBA) Championship drought, maybe it’s time for the Brewers to follow?
The Tampa Bay Rays are arguably the best American League(AL) team, and are looking to repeat as American League Championship Series(ALCS) winners, and they have all the tools to do as such. They currently have a six, and a half game lead over the second place New York Yankees, so they should be good to win the AL Central, or, at the very least, easily snag the first Wild Card spot in the AL. The Rays are tied with the Diamondbacks as being the most recent franchise in MLB(they began as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1998 MLB Season), and in their 24th season, they’ve still never won a World Series.
The Chicago White Sox are the most comfortable team in the AL. They have lead the AL Central for nearly the entire season, and currently have a nine, and a half game lead over the second place Cleveland Indians(who are barely hanging on to a winning record), and they won the first official Field of Dreams Game in MLB History. Nice. They haven’t won a World Series since 2005.
The Houston Astros(whether they cheated, or not) have been leading the AL West for most of the season, but may have some late-season competition from the second place Oakland Athletics, who are now only four, and a half games back behind the Astros in second place. Even then, the Astros are guaranteed to win a postseason spot, at the absolute very least, a second wild card spot. They allegedly won their only World Series Title in the 2017 MLB season.
The New York Yankees are probably going to win the first AL Wild Card spot, and without a doubt, will make the postseason unless they have a bizarre collapse in this final month. Still, this is a major disappointment for Yankees fans, since many people(including me) predicted them to win the 2021 MLB World Series, and many people had them as the top ranked team in the AL, which is difficult to argue for now, even after their blockbuster trade in the middle of the season. Believe it, or not, the Yankees haven’t won a World Series since the 2009 season.
Teams That Virtually Have No Chance of Making the 2021 Postseason: Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets.
The Miami Marlins have a .410 Winning Percentage, the Chicago Cubs have a .444 Winning Percentage(and traded away every great player they had right before the Trade Deadline), the Colorado Rockies have a .455 Winning Percentage, the Detroit Tigers have a .467 Winning Percentage, the Minnesota Twins have a .436 Winning Percentage, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a .358 Winning Percentage(the worst winning percentage out of every MLB Team who has not been eliminated from postseason contention yet), the Washington Nationals have a .417 Winning Percentage, and the Los Angeles Angels have a .493 Winning Percentage. The Marlins, Cubs, Tigers, Twins, Pirates, Nationals, and Angels haven’t won a World Series since 2003(back when they were known as the Florida Marlins), 2016(the Curse of the Billy Goat was finally snapped), 1984, 1991, 1979, 2019, 2002(back when they were known as the Anaheim Angels), 1948(The Indians have the longest World Series victory drought in MLB right now), and 1986. The Colorado Rockies are in their 29th MLB Season in their history, and have never won a World Series Title. The New York Mets are the most interesting story out of these teams-they were leading the NL West going into August, and have now fallen into third place with a losing record, and a tough remaining schedule.
All of these teams either have a terrible win/loss record, a bottom tier placement in their division, they’re very far out of the wild card chase, they a tough remaining schedule, and/or a combination of all of the above. They will need miracles upon miracles to make the 2021 MLB Postseason. Which means we will not see the best pitcher in MLB(Jacob deGrom), best Position Player(Mike Trout), and best player this season(Shohei Ohtani-who is having one of the greatest seasons in MLB History as a matter of fact) in the 2021 MLB postseason-again.
Teams That will Likely (but not very likely) Make the 2021 MLB Postseason: Atlanta Braves, and Boston Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox fans may be bitter right now, as they have had a bit of a second half collapse after owning the best record in the AL prior to the 2021 All-Star Break, but they need to keep in mind the Red Sox have been a surprise team this year, as many people(including me) had them predicted to finish in fourth, or fifth place in the AL East. They sit eight games behind the AL East-leading Rays, so a division title is unlikely, but are three games ahead for the second Wild Card Spot(of the Athletics), and are only two games behind the Yankees for the first Wild Card Spot-and they still have three more games against the Yankees. The Red Sox haven’t won a World Series title since the 2018 Season, where they set the precedent for the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl in the 2018-2019 NFL Season, to complete the one-two “Boston Sports Punch”, as some called it.
The Atlanta Braves have been an inverse from the New York Mets: They’ve gone from third to first in the NL East, and still hold a steady two game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies, but they’re also in the worst division in the NL, and with a .534 Winning Percentage, they’re not a powerhouse team as one would think. They will probably hold on to the NL East division, but if they somehow blow it, it’s going to be tough for them to snag a Wild Card spot. The Braves haven’t won a World Series Title since the 1995 MLB Season, which just happened to be the only Atlanta Professional Sports Title in the history of the United States of America(USA)!
Teams That Will Likely Not Make the 2021 MLB Postseason: St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays
The St. Louis Cardinals have had a roller coaster season. While they were recently on another hot streak, they recently just cooled off again. Being twelve, and a half games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central makes a division title virtually impossible at this point(except the 2011 Cardinals would tell me “hold my beer”), but they could barely snag a second Wild Card Spot. Given the remainder of their schedule being a tough one, it probably won’t happen. The last time the Cardinals won a World Series Title was in the 2011 MLB Season, where they went on a miracle run, and defeated the Texas Rangers in the famous “One-Strike Away” Game 6.
The Seattle Mariners have the longest postseason appearance drought in North American Professional Sports, as they have completed 20 consecutive seasons without going to the playoffs(even with last year sending a majority of MLB Teams to the postseason), and sadly, it looks like that streak will be extended to 21 consecutive seasons. This means the Cleveland Browns have been in the NFL Postseason more recent than the Mariners have been to the MLB Postseason, Oh, did I mention that the Mariners are in their 45th MLB Season, and are still the only MLB Team that has never played in the World Series? It’s a sad life being a Mariners fan. They’re six, and a half games behind the Houston Astros for first place in the AL West, and just as many back for a Wild Card spot, and given how tough their schedule is remaining, they may as well kiss their playoff chances goodbye. Again.
The Toronto Blue Jays are still the only team in MLB that isn’t located in the United States of America(USA), and given Canada’s ultra-strict COVID-19 Restrictions, they have played an overwhelming majority of their season outside of their home stadium, so they’ve barely had any real home field advantage. Being 13 games behind the Rays for the AL East Division Title, and 7 games behind any Wild Card spots has essentially ended their run. The Blue Jays haven’t won a World Series Title since they repeated in 1992, and 1993(the only team to win a World Series outside of the USA).
The Top Four Most Interesting Teams to Focus On From Now Until the End of the Regular Season.
4. Philadelphia Phillies-The Philadelphia Phillies are in a weird spot. While they are only three games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, and two games behind a Wild Card Spot, their inconsistent gameplay, and tough schedule to end the season could put a wrench into their season. I say they narrowly miss the postseason. The Phillies haven’t won a World Series since the 2008 MLB Season(when Mike Trout was 17 years old, watching them in the stadium as a fan).
3. Oakland Athletics-The Oakland Athletics are the only team I predict will have to wait until the 162nd game of the Regular Season to determine their postseason status. On one hand, they’re only four, and a half gamed behind the Houston Astros for the NL West. On the other hand, they’re about the same number of games behind the New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox for a postseason spot. Then again, they have a fairly easy schedule remaining to end the season. I predict they miss the playoffs, but it won’t be until Game 162. Mark my words.
2. Cincinnati Reds-My favorite sports team, the Cincinnati Reds, is having one of the most exciting, yet, inconsistent seasons I’ve ever seen from any sports team. Right now, they are battling the San Diego Padres for the second Wild Card spot, since the NL Central Division Title is out of reach(thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers). I think it could go down to game number 162, and luckily, the Reds have one of the easiest schedules remaining in MLB. I’m going with the bold move, and assuming the Reds will reach the 2021 MLB Postseason via Second Wild Card, and will face the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card Game this season.
1. San Diego Padres-No team has been more interesting this season than the 2021 San Diego Padres, and with one month remaining of the regular season, that is no exception. The Padres went from being one of the best MLB Teams going into August to now possibly missing the entire postseason. How does this happen? Severe underperformance from their stars, that’s how. And now, with Fernando Tatis Jr. battling injuries, his MVP Run may be over. Before the season began, I picked the Padres to win the first Wild Card spot, but I had a gut feeling that a team with a history such as the Padres would find a way to collapse. It looks like my gut instinct could be right. While they’re right alongside the Cincinnati Reds for the second Wild Card Spot, they also have one of the most brutal schedules to end the season. I’m gonna say it-the Padres miss the 2021 MLB Postseason after suffering one of the biggest collapses in MLB History, making them the most interesting team to look out for, from now until October 3rd.