The Los Angeles Dodgers won their 100th game on Saturday, the fourth time they’ve hit triple digits in the past five full seasons. Los Angeles did it in 144 games, the fastest to do so since the 2001 Seattle Mariners, who tied the all-time record with 116 wins.
With 96 wins entering Monday, the Houston Astros a sure bet to reach 100 – also for the fourth time since 2017.
The New York Mets (93 wins, 14 remaining) just have to finish .500 to reach the milestone for the first time since 1988, while the Atlanta Braves (91 wins, 16 remaining) will need to go 9-7 to hit 100 for the first time since 2003.
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The New York Yankees (88 wins, 16 remaining), who last won 100 games in 2019, will need to finish 12-4 and the St. Louis Cardinals (87 wins, 14 remaining) would have to win 13 of those to reach 100.
Here’s how USA TODAY Sports’ seven-person panel voted this week:
Rank (movement from last week)
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (–)
- Freddie Freeman (185 hits entering Sunday) can reach 200 for the first time in his career.
2. Houston Astros (–)
- Framber Valdez sets single-season record with 25th straight quality start.
3. Atlanta Braves (–)
- Ozzie Albies, who just returned from three months on the IL, will miss the rest of the regular season.
4. New York Mets (–)
- Jacob deGrom has allowed three or less earned runs in 40 straight starts, an MLB record.
5. New York Yankees (–)
- Triple Crown watch: Aaron Judge enters Monday one point off the AL batting lead.
6. St. Louis Cardinals (–)
- Steven Matz (thorn MCL) joins the St. Louis bullpen upon return.
7. Toronto Blue Jays (+1)
- The Blue Jays have gone 8-1 in Ross Stripling’s last nine starts (3.26 ERA).
8. Tampa Bay Rays (-1)
- Tyler Glasnow (2021 Tommy John surgery) is rehabbing at Class AAA Durham.
9. Seattle Mariners (–)
- Eugenio Suarez heads to the IL with a broken right index finger.
10. Philadelphia Phillies (–)
- The Phillies got swept by the Braves over the weekend, scoring just seven runs.
11. San Diego Padres (–)
- Brandon Drury hit seven homers in his first 31 games with the Padres.
12. Cleveland Guardians (+1)
- Cleveland enters Monday with a 3.5-game lead in the AL Central.
13. Milwaukee Brewers (-1)
- Three-game set vs. Mets starting Monday is huge for both teams.
14. Chicago White Sox (+1)
- Losing this week’s series vs. Cleveland may end Chicago’s division title dreams.
15. Baltimore Orioles (-1)
- At 76-69, Baltimore is on track for its first winning record since 2016.
16. Minnesota Twins (–)
Carlos Correa’s last 29 games: .325 average, 7 HR, 19 RBI, .961 OPS.
17. Boston Red Sox (–)
- The Kevin Plawecki era in Boston comes to an end with the catcher’s DFA.
18. San Francisco Giants (–)
- Wilmer Flores signs a two-year extension, hits career-high 19th homer.
19. Arizona Diamondbacks (–)
- Jake McCarthy is hitting .360 with 25 RBI in his last 30 games.
20. Los Angeles Angels (+2)
- Shohei Ohtani’s 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings is the best mark in baseball.
21. Colorado Rockies (-1)
- The Rockies (19.1%) have shifted the least of any team in baseball this year.
22. Texas Rangers (-1)
23. Chicago Cubs (+1)
- Frank Schwindel, last season’s post-firesale hero, gets designated for assignment.
24. Miami Marlins (-1)
- Sandy Alcantara makes Cy Young cace with his fifth complete game of 2022.
25. Cincinnati Reds (–)
26. Kansas City Royals (–)
- Nick Pratto sent down to the minors after 4-for-39 stretch.
27. Detroit Tigers (–)
- Miguel Cabrera (biceps) to return Monday after stint on the IL.
28. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)
- Ke’Bryan Hayes’ 15 OAA (outs above average) is the best among third baseman.
29. Oakland Athletics (–)
- Manager Mark Kotsay: “This team has competed all year. We fight.”
30. Washington Nationals (–)