Updated: September 29, 2014, 1:04 PM ET

Angels finish regular season at No. 1


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The Los Angeles Angels finished the regular season atop our rankings for the fifth straight week as they closed out the season with baseball's best record (98-64).

The Washington Nationals, who finished with the National League's best record (96-66), stayed in the No. 2 spot, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rose one spot to No. 3.

This week's voters: Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ESPN.com and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Most of the team comments come courtesy of the bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. How do you rank all 30 teams? Go ahead and rank them yourself.

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1(1)
Angels
98-64
The Angels won the AL West by 10 games over the A's. They also had the best record in the majors (98-64), a 20-win improvement from last year. -- ESPN.com
2(2)
Nationals
96-66
Capped by Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter on Sunday, the Nats' starting rotation has gone 13 straight starts allowing two or fewer earned runs. The rotation didn't allow more than three runs in a start in the entire month of September. -- Harper Gordek (@harpergordek), Nationals Baseball
3(4)
Dodgers
94-68
A 5-1 final week cemented home-field advantage for the Dodgers, who face the Cardinals in the NLDS and are seeking to avenge last year's NLCS loss to them. Dee Gordon and Hyun-Jin Ryu are expected to be ready when the NLDS begins Friday. Adrian Gonzalez led the NL in RBIs (113), while Gordon led the majors in steals (64). -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
4(3)
Orioles
96-66
The Orioles finished the regular season with four starters winning at least 10 games -- Wei-Yin Chen (16), Bud Norris (15), Chris Tillman (13) and Miguel Gonzalez (10). -- ESPN.com
5(6)
Tigers
90-72
Despite the Twins giving them everything they could handle, the Tigers survived the weekend to win their fourth straight division title. They'll head to Baltimore to begin the ALDS -- they went 5-1 against the Orioles this season, but the two teams haven't played each other since mid-May, when a three-game sweep in Baltimore made the Tigers 24-12. -- Grey Papke, (@walkoffwoodward), Walkoff Woodward
6(5)
Cardinals
90-72
On the final day of the regular season, the Cardinals clinched their second straight NL Central title (and their fourth straight playoff berth). They head into the NLDS against the Dodgers as healthy as they've been all year. -- Matt Philip (@fungoes), Fungoes
7(8)
Pirates
88-74
Clint Hurdle's gambit to start Gerrit Cole on Sunday with the slim hopes of tying the Cardinals didn't work, although Cole struck out 12. The Pirates will now host the Giants in the wild-card game, with Edinson Volquez the likely starter. And look for word on Russell Martin's hamstring. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
8(7)
Giants
88-74
The Giants finished the season with a modest 88-74 record. The players are over the 9-game blown lead. Injuries and inconsistent hitting led to the demise of the team. Projected 2015 rotation has only two names penciled in -- Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson -- which should make for an active offseason. -- Connor Grossman (@GiantsBaseball), West Coast Bias
9(10)
Royals
89-73
They're in the playoffs for the first time since 1985, although they did fall one win short of tying the Tigers for the AL Central title. Somehow, they did this despite finishing last in the AL in home runs and walks. Credit their starting pitching (fourth in the AL in ERA), that great bullpen trio, team defense and a league-leading 153 steals. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
10(9)
Athletics
88-74
The A's waited until the last possible day to clinch, but now they have to focus on the Royals. Jon Lester and James Shields were acquired by their respective teams for precisely this kind of win-or-go-home contest. -- Jason Wojciechowski (@jlwoj), Beaneball
11(11)
Mariners
87-75
So close: The Mariners were leading the Angels in the fifth inning when the Athletics' win became official on Sunday, eliminating the Mariners from the playoffs. Seattle allowed the fewest runs in the AL but ranked 11th in runs scored, last in OBP and suffered the most shutouts by an AL team since 1981. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
12(12)
Indians
85-77
Even though they fell short of a playoff spot, the Indians still managed to win 85 games and avoided elimination until game No. 160. Looking to 2015, it seems like they finally have some clarity when it comes to the starting rotation. However, there are some major holes in their lineup and they need to improve upon their atrocious 2014 defensive performance. -- Stephanie Liscio (@stephanieliscio), It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
13(15)
Blue Jays
83-79
The Jays' disappointing season is finally over. While the two-year experiment clearly didn't work out, a young core is in place and the future is bright. -- Matthias Koster, Mop-Up Duty
14(14)
Yankees
84-78
The Yankees finished their season, and Derek Jeter ended his career, by getting eliminated from postseason play with four games to go. It was a disappointing end to a frustrating season, but Jeter got a send-off worthy of a future Hall of Famer, and he provided fans with one final exciting -- or dare I say clutch -- moment in his final home game. -- Stacey Gotsulias (@StaceGots), It's About the Money
15(13)
Brewers
82-80
The Brewers ended their disappointing season with an 82-80 record after leading the NL Central most of the year. General manager Doug Melvin will return, but the coaching staff has been given no such assurance. -- Ryan Topp (@RDTopp), Disciples of Uecker
16(18)
Mets
79-83
The Mets finished with 79 wins for the first time since 2010, winning seven of their last 11 games and going 14-10 in September. Their 31-22 record in day games was sixth-best in the majors, and only the A's won more games (eight) when trailing after eight innings (the Mets won six). They were the only team with a positive run-differential (plus-11) and a losing record. -- Joe Janish (@metstoday), Mets Today
17(16)
Rays
77-85
The Rays finished the season 77-85, good for fourth place in the American League East. Manager Joe Maddon used the term "awkward" several times to sum up the season that began with high hopes. The good news is Tampa Bay still boasts one of the best young pitching staffs and can get creative this winter looking for offensive upgrades if they identify a potential target. -- Tommy Rancel (@TRancel), The Process Report
18(17)
Braves
79-83
Atlanta's broadcasters spent a large part of the season's final game wondering if each player had played their last game in a Braves uniform. With major changes already happening in the front office, it's only logical to expect major changes to the team on the field. -- Martin Gandy (@gondeee), Chop County
19(19)
Marlins
77-85
In Game No. 162 of 2013, Henderson Alvarez no-hit the Tigers with the winning run scoring on a wild pitch in the ninth inning. On Sunday, Alvarez was on the losing end of a season finale no-hitter, as Jordan Zimmermann bested him 1-0. After going 62-100 in his first year at the helm, Mike Redmond's 77-85 campaign in 2014 earned him an extension through '17. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
20(20)
Padres
77-85
Some positive news to end the season: They went 36-31 in the second half. Now, go find some bats. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
21(22)
Reds
76-86
On the final day of the season, Johnny Cueto picked up his 20th victory (driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth with a single up the middle). He finished 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA and an NL-leading 242 strikeouts. It was very nearly the only exciting thing to happen in a disappointing Reds season. -- Chad Dotson (@dotsonc), Redleg Nation
22(21)
White Sox
73-89
Going from terrible to merely bad is probably the easiest way to describe a 10-win improvement, but the White Sox provided a more watchable brand of losing baseball in 2014. Breakout campaigns from Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu allowed them to score 58 more runs than last year's league-worst offense. -- James Fegan (@TheCatbird_Seat), The Catbird Seat
23(23)
Phillies
73-89
An 11-15 September locked up the Phillies' first last-place finish since 2000. What to do for 2015? It should be a fun offseason in Philly. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
24(25)
Cubs
73-89
The Cubs finished the season earning the ninth pick in next June's draft, which is protected from free-agent compensation. That is big for the rebuild process. -- Joe Aiello (@VFTB), View from the Bleachers
25(24)
Red Sox
71-91
Clay Buchholz finished off a disappointing season with a 5.34 ERA in 28 starts. He was especially bad at Fenway Park, recording a 6.64 ERA in 14 starts. -- ESPN.com
26(26)
Astros
70-92
Jose Altuve earned the first league batting title in franchise history, ending the season with 225 hits and a .341 average -- both best in the majors. Houston improved by 19 games over their 51-win season of 2013. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
27(27)
Twins
70-92
After winning 66 games in both 2012 and 2013, the Twins improved modestly this year by finishing with 70 victories. Not the kind of progress fans wanted to see, especially on the pitching side. -- Nick Nelson (@nnelson9), Twins Daily
28(29)
Rangers
67-95
For Texas, the offseason arrived earlier than the organization and fans would have liked. While some rookies provided flashes of potential down the stretch, the front office still has more questions to answer before spring training arrives, mainly involving the starting rotation. -- Brandon Land (@one_strike_away), One Strike Away
29(28)
Rockies
66-96
Going into the offseason, the Rockies' plan is to try again with the same cast they thought would contend in 2013. The thinking goes that they just got unlucky with injuries in 2014, and the development of Tyler Matzek and Corey Dickerson means 2015 should be stronger. -- Richard Bergstrom (@RockiesZingers), Rockies Zingers
30(30)
Diamondbacks
64-98
The Diamondbacks finished with the second-worst record in franchise history, but have the first pick in next year's draft and a handful of surprises to show for it. One such surprise: Rookie of the Year hopeful Ender Inciarte, who led all NL rookies in bWAR (3.6). -- Ryan P. Morrison (@InsidetheZona), Inside the 'Zona

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