1. Rangers (1): It looks like they have enough cushion to hold off the A's and clinch early enough to get their rotation lined up for a long October run. Geovany Soto could wind up playing in the World Series.
6. Orioles (7): Looking good in the wild-card hunt even if they can't take down the Yankees.
7. Rays (8): Did they wait too long to start their closing sprint? They have to pass the A's and Angels to reach the playoffs. The rest of the American League would be happy not to face a playoff rotation built around David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore, all of whom work against the White Sox this weekend.
8. Giants (11): Won 10 of 11 to clinch the NL West on Saturday. Could face the Reds, and Baker, in the division series.
10. Angels (10): It's tough for them to root for Texas, but they need the Rangers to rough up the A's as they push for the final AL wild-card spot.
11. Brewers (13): Baseball's winningest team since late August. Unlikely they can catch the Cardinals, but they are playing the Reds after they clinched, then home to finish their schedule against the Astros and Padres.
12. White Sox (9): Looking ahead to the season-ending series at Cleveland, here are the tentative matchups: Jake Peavy against Corey Kluber, Jose Quintana against Justin Masterson and Gavin Floyd against Ubaldo Jimenez. If a Game 163 is needed, that matchup looks like Chris Sale vs. Justin Verlander, in Detroit.
13. Cardinals (14): Six saves in eight days for Jason Motte, who has been helping the defending champs protect the second NL wild-card spot.
19. Padres (17): Clayton Richard has a shot to win 15.