The Atlanta Braves of the National League and Houston Astros of the American League are set to face off in the 2021 World Series
Counting all the division leaders and teams still in legitimate playoff contention, 17 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams continue to hold World Series aspirations with under 20 games to play.
With these latest rankings there is not only a new team on top, but new teams ranking at the top of both the National and American Leagues. A pair of perennial contenders in each league, the NL's Saint Louis Cardinals and AL's New York Yankees, have each collapsed from fringe contention to a scramble now trying to save their seasons.
When asked his thoughts on the situation, Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez pragmatically stated “We’re still in the midst of a pandemic. We really are, ya know. We can’t forget that, what this pandemic has done. Many, many lives in our country and other countries. So, we gotta be careful.”