We're halfway through September and there is still a lot to be settled in MLB's playoff races. Only two teams have clinched a postseason berth so far.
Have the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays vaulted up the rankings? Will the San Francisco Giants finally find breathing room in their race against the Los Angeles Dodgers? With those two National League West powerhouses both assured a playoff spot, who has the edge for the second spot in the NL wild-card race?
Here is what the members of our eight-voter expert panel decided based on what they have learned over the course of the 2021 season so far. We also asked ESPN baseball experts David Schoenfield, Bradford Doolittle, Joon Lee, Jesse Rogers and Alden Gonzalez to weigh in with one Week 23 observation based on what they have seen recently for all 30 teams.