August is nearly history, and the 2021 MLB playoff picture is starting to come into focus ahead of September's stretch run.
Are the rampaging New York Yankees-- a newly minted member of our top five -- making a case for being the best team in baseball? How far have the struggling San Diego Padres fallen as theSan Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgerscontinue to dominate the NL West? Can the Milwaukee Brewers stand up to the rest of the National League's best?
Here is what 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 20 observation based on what they have seen recently for all 30 teams.