We're a week into September and there's plenty of question marks in MLB's playoff races.
Which teams battling it out for the two American League wild-card slots will hang tough? Are the Phillies poised to make a run on the Braves in the National League East? Who will win the epic NL West battle between the Giants and Dodgers -- and which of baseball's two best teams will be forced into the wild-card game? Are the Mets still alive in the NL playoff hunt?
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 22 observation based on what they have seen recently for all 30 teams.