- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
Welcome to the C. Everett Koop edition of Baseball Insider, in which we take a peek into the trainer's room and assess the various aches, pains and other maladies that might be standing between your favorite team and a berth in postseason play.
Several other factors -- such as pitching, hitting and fielding -- are likely to enter the equation between now and October. But health will clearly play a role. Here's a look at the 12 postseason contenders (sorry, Washington Nationals) and where they stand in the rankings. The healthiest clubs are at the top, and the most banged-up at the bottom.
1. Cleveland Indians
The Indians' late-season run has been fueled in part by manager Eric Wedge's ability to field a healthy lineup. C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Jake Westbrook, Kevin Millwood and Scott Elarton have combined to make 147 of a possible 151 starts. The lineup is also fine with the exception of second baseman Ronnie Belliard, who missed four games with an abdominal strain before returning Tuesday night.
Besides pitching, hitting and fielding, health is also part of the equation for postseason contenders.