There's finally a new team atop the MLB Power Rankings. The LA Dodgers were dethroned by the Houston Astros. The Dodgers still have a better record than Houston, they played two more games and have 2 more wins. The usual suspects round out the top 9, albeit flip-flopping placings, but the biggest mover this week was the New York Mets, who went from 17th to crack the top 10. New York is 8-2 over its last 10 games, and is now third in the NL East, a game ahead of Philadelphia, and only 1.5 games behind Washington for second place, although they are still 8 games behind the Braves for the division lead. They are, however, just one game out of an NL wild-card berth, and have a good shot at securing one of those 2 berths; catching Atlanta seems unlikely at this point, but you never know.
The 1969 Cubs held a 5 game lead over the Mets, a lead which the Mets turned into their own 8 game lead from September 3 -October 2, and eventually went on to win their first World Series. I think they can get one of the wild-card spots as I've said, but if they do, at least one of the three NL Central teams won't get a spot. The Cubs still have a slight lead in the division, 2 games over the Cards and 2.5 over the Brewers. St. Louis has the 2nd wild-card spot and Milwaukee is just .5 games behind a spot, with the Mets just .5 games behind them, so these spots may not be determined until the final weekend of baseball next month. As it stands now, the Dodgers are still heavily favored to win the NL Pennant at -120. The Mets and Brewers are both +1400, St. Louis is +1200, the Cubs are +900, and Atanta is +400.