October isn't in the cards, but there's still plenty of work to do. Here's what each non-playoff team needs to ask itself first.
— Arizona's 2021 baseball season was a stunner for a lot of the wrong reasons.
— Christian Walker said it wasn't a topic in the locker room, but clearly missing out on a franchise record for losses ranks as a rare positive in a lost year for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
— Trevor Story hit a go-ahead single in the ninth after Dom Nunez tied it with a solo homer and the Colorado Rockies rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-7 on Friday night.
— “Late Night LaMonte" finally delivered at home for San Francisco on Thursday night.
— Alex Wood and three relievers combined for a four-hitter for San Francisco, Kris Bryant hit a sacrifice fly and the Giants reached 104 wins for the first time since 1905 by beating the woeful Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Wednesday night.
Yes, there's still a month of playoff baseball before the offseason begins. But we couldn't wait to look ahead at one of the deepest classes in years.
— The San Francisco Giants keep finding ways to win key games as more players go down injured, still chasing a coveted NL West crown.
— The dominant Dodgers rolled to win No. 100 of the season on Sunday afternoon with a mix that's served them well all season: terrific starting pitching, a few long homers and a shutdown bullpen.
— Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly homered early off Clayton Kershaw, and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks delayed the Los Angeles Dodgers from reaching 100 wins by beating them 7-2 on Saturday.
— Tony Gonsolin's second pitch of the game was smoked by Arizona's Josh Rojas before Los Angeles left fielder A.J. Pollock robbed a potential extra-base hit, leaping at the warning track to snag the line drive.
— Carson Kelly hit a tying three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning, Daulton Varsho followed with a go-ahead double and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks beat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 6-4 Thursday.
The Diamondbacks reached a one-year extension with manager Torey Lovullo on Thursday that includes a club option for the 2023 season.
Who is rising and falling as the end of the season rapidly approaches?
— Adam Duvall lost a home run to a baserunning miscue, but Atlanta rebounded with homers by Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman and the Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2 on Wednesday night.
— Austin Riley wasn't sure he belonged in the big leagues back in 2019. These days, he's one of the best in the business.
Which up-and-comers have jumped onto Kiley McDaniel's radar in 2021?
— Austin Riley was smacking baseballs all around Chase Field on Monday night. Adam Duvall hit one so hard it left the yard by a long, long way.
— Jose Siri and Chas McCormick hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning, rallying the AL West-leading Houston Astros over the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Sunday.
— Kole Calhoun knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI single and Daulton Varsho homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks scored three runs in the 10th inning for a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
— Chas McCormick was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Houston Astros sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to their 100th loss with a 4-3 win on Friday night.
Which squads are rising and falling as teams start punching their postseason tickets?
— On a night when the Los Angeles Dodgers honored a past Mexican-born pitching legend, an up-and-coming one was busy adding his name to history.
The Dodgers became the second team in the majors to lock up a postseason berth, with a win over the Diamondbacks and help from Cincinnati and San Diego on Tuesday night.
— With three weeks to go in the regular season and the Los Angeles Dodgers locked in a tight pennant race, Clayton Kershaw is back just in time.