With the Orioles left out of the playoffs, this will be the final MLB power rankings until spring training.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers - The hottest team in baseball is healthy and well-rested heading into postseason play. Look out!
2. Boston Red Sox - The Red Sox have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, but will their starting pitching hold up in October?
3. St. Louis Cardinals - The Cardinals outlasted the Pirates and Reds for the division title, keeping them out of the dangerous wild card game.
4. Oakland Athletics - Coco Crisp hit 22 home runs despite missing significant time with injuries, which tells you a lot about how Oakland's season has gone this year.
5. Cincinnati Reds - The Reds will have to go to Pittsburgh for the wild card game.
6. Tampa Bay Rays - The Rays have the starting pitching to hang with anyone, but they need Evan Longoria's bat to heat up in October.
7. Detroit Tigers - The Tigers will need postseason Justin Verlander to show up after a disappointing regular season.
8. Atlanta Braves - The Braves simply don't have the starting pitching to make it far in the postseason.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pirates are just happy to be in the playoffs, but playing in the wild card game could make it a short-lived experience.
10. Baltimore Orioles - The Orioles finished strong and really aren't that far from being back in postseason play, but they need to make several tweaks in the offseason.
11. Texas Rangers - For the second straight year, the Rangers hosted the wild card game against an AL East team and had their postseason stay cut short.
12. New York Yankees - The Yankees deserve a lot of credit for hanging in the playoff race all season. Joe Girardi deserves AL Manager of the Year, and Mariano Rivera gets a tip of the cap for a tremendous career.
13. Cleveland Indians - The Indians won their final 10 games of the regular season to earn the right to host the wild card game.
14. Kansas City Royals - A monumental step forward for the Royals, but it has to hurt seeing Wil Myers and Chris Archer having so much success with Tampa Bay.
15. Washington Nationals - The Nationals are a better team than they showed for much of the season, but don't buy into the way they played in September, which featured a lot of games against their terrible division.
16. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Diamondbacks looked like a playoff team until the second half of the season. They need to improve that starting rotation to be a true contender.
17. Los Angeles Angels - The Angels are pinning their hopes on a healthy Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton getting more comfortable with his new surroundings, but those guys aren't getting any younger.
18. Toronto Blue Jays - The Blue Jays plan to give it another run with all of the veterans they acquired last offseason, but what other choice do they really have?
19. Seattle Mariners - Are the Mariners ready to contend in the AL West? I think they are short a bunch of pieces, but who knows what their GM believes after holding onto so many veterans at the trade deadline.
20. Philadelphia Phillies - The Phillies might have a better pitching staff next season, but they have a lot of holes in that lineup.
21. San Francisco Giants - San Francisco fans can relax about Matt Cain, who has put up numbers very similar to previous seasons but simply doesn't have the wins or ERA to show for it.
22. Colorado Rockies - If I were the Rockies, I'd trade both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, who are too injury prone yet have a ton of value. It won't happen, though.
23. San Diego Padres - The Padres missed out on a chance to sell high on Chase Headley. Now what do they do with the suddenly human third baseman?
24. Minnesota Twins - The big question in Minnesota is if Ron Gardenhire will keep his job. It's unlikely the Twins will show much improvement for another couple of years.
25. Chicago Cubs - It will be interesting to see if the Cubs make any significant moves on the free agent market this offseason to close the gap between the top and bottom of the NL Central.
26. Chicago White Sox - The White Sox really need to rebuild from the ground up, and I think trading Chris Sale in the offseason would be a great start.
27. New York Mets - All attention will remain on Matt Harvey throughout the offseason to see if he ends up having Tommy John surgery.
28. Milwaukee Brewers - The Brewers will be happy to start fresh next year and get Ryan Braun back in the lineup.
29. Miami Marlins - Watch out for the Marlins as a real sleeper in the NL East next year. They have a lot of young talent in a division that is really up for grabs.
30. Houston Astros - The good news is that the Astros have be at least a little bit better next year, don't they?