MLB Power Rankings

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1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 83-34
They lost twice last week, which could qualify as the biggest news in the sport. Consider that last year’s eventual champs were just 74-43 at this point. The Dodgers are quite impressive, obviously.
2 Houston Astros Houston Astros 72-45
On a 4-12 slide right now, the ‘Stros have lost five games off their American League West Division lead, although Houston is still up by 12 games. Overall, the team is just 11-16 since the All-Star break, so there’s work to be done yet.
3 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 70-46
▲ 2
The “Bryce Harper Injury Scare” on Saturday should keep the Nats at attention, despite the 14-game lead in the National League East. The three top teams have such whopping leads, each just wants to stay healthy into late September now.
4 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 67-50
▲ 3
Winners of 10 in the last 11, the Red Sox have opened up a 5.5-game lead in the AL East. After taking two of three over the weekend in New York, now Boston hosts the Yankees this upcoming weekend for three, while also getting Monday and Thursday off.
5 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 65-52
▼ 1
They’ve lost six of their last eight, but the D’backs still have a comfortable cushion for a postseason spot due to the ineptitude of the NL as a whole. Arizona hosts Houston for two this week before embarking on a potentially disastrous nine-game road trip.
6 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 65-52
▲ 2
With just one victory last week, the Rox dropped to 13-13 in the second half of the season. But like Arizona above, Colorado has a little room for error in the NL playoff chase. But it’s getting smaller (see below).
7 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 63-52
▼ 1
The Tribe won three in a row over the Rays last weekend to put a stop to a mini-slide. With a 4.5-game lead still in the AL Central, the Cleveland club has six games left on a 10-game road trip.
8 New York Yankees New York Yankees 61-55
▼ 5
Just 4-8 this month so far, the Bronx Bombers cling to a 1.5-game lead in the AL chase for the top wild-card slot. But losing two of three at home to the Red Sox isn’t going to inspire postseason confidence for this group.
9 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 61-55
The defending champs went just 3-3 on a quick West Coast road trip through San Francisco and Phoenix. The Cubs are up just one game in a very crowded race for the NL Central title. They now have seven straight at home against sub-.500 teams.
10 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 61-57
▲ 4
With a 9-4 record in August, the Cards have pushed into second place, just one game behind Chicago in that bunched-up NL Central. But St. Louis has six games on the road this week, where the club is just 26-30 this year.
11 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 61-58
▲ 5
Six straight wins last week pushed the Halos into the second AL wild-card spot. The five upcoming games on the East Coast will determine whether they stay there or not, but L.A. gets a 10-game home stand after that to make amends, if needs be.
12 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 59-57
▲ 10
They’ve won seven of eight, with the only loss being a walk-off defeat in Detroit on Saturday. We just don’t know what to make of these Twins, since they’re up and down so regularly.
13 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 61-59
▼ 3
With an 11-18 mark since the All-Star Game, the Brewers are losing water. Once the NL Central leaders, they’ve slipped to third place now. Two wins on the weekend stopped the bleeding, but a nine-game road trip west starts on Friday.
14 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 59-58
▼ 1
The Royals lost five straight to start last week before winning twice at the end. Fifteen of their next 18 games are against teams fighting for postseason spots like themselves. It’s put-up or shut-up time for Kansas City now.
15 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 59-60
▼ 3
Getting swept at home in four straight by the Angels was a disaster for the Ms last week. After three home games against Baltimore to start the week, Seattle starts a 12-game road trip on Friday. It could be decisive.
16 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 59-60
▼ 5
They’ve won just two in their last nine, and now the Rays have a four-game road series in Toronto. In fact, the next 16 are all against clubs chasing October dreams. This could be the beginning of the end for Tampa Bay in 2017.
17 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 58-60
▲ 1
Seven games into a 16-game stretch solely against AL West clubs, the Os are hanging in there. We’ve left the team for dead more than once this season, but Baltimore keeps doing just enough to hang around the conversation.
18 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 58-60
▲ 1
With four wins last week, the Pirates did just enough to stay within four games of the Cubs in the NL Central. Pittsburgh had a season-best, six-game win streak just after the All-Star break which they need to replicate, but now they have10 straight against other NL playoff hopefuls.
19 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 56-60
▼ 4
Seven home games against bad teams this week means the Rangers have to take advantage, because after that, they play 10 straight on the road—including four against the Angels and three against the Astros.
20 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 56-61
▲ 4
They’re five games under .500 but only four games out of an AL wild-card spot. Winning four of six last week certainly helped Toronto’s cause, but the Blue Jays have lacked consistency all year long.
21 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 56-60
▼ 4
This is where the demarcation line is drawn for postseason hopefuls. The 20 teams above have a shot to win it all, while these next ten definitely do not. Miami did just sweep Colorado, though, showing there is still life left in the Marlins after all.
22 New York Mets New York Mets 53-62
▲ 1
It’s Subway Series time as the Mets don’t have to leave the city until August 25. Strangely, the club is playing better ball since the All-Star break, with a 14-15 record in the second half.
23 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 53-64
▼ 3
It could be the end of an era in MLB, as Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is hitting just .253 and doesn’t even rank in the team Top 12 for Wins-Above-Replacement value this year. Let that sink in for a moment. It’s painful to watch.
24 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 52-63
▼ 3
With just 10 victories since the All-Star break, the Braves are sinking quickly. And with football season approaching, the fans in the ATL don’t have positive memories to fall back on, either. It’s the dog days in Georgia right now.
25 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 52-66
With just 44 games left on their schedule, it’s all about anticipation now for the A’s and their fans as to just where the team will try to build its new ballpark—and when will that ballpark be open for business.
26 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 51-66
▲ 1
After a 10-game road trip, the Padres return home for the week to face Philadelphia and Washington. Manager Andy Green just got his contract extended through the 2021 season, so management seems to be content there.
27 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 49-69
▲ 1
Speaking of managers … with the worst ERA in the majors this year (5.26), the Reds have no business keeping Bryan Price employed. This will be the third year in a row Cincy has finished in last place. Time for a change?
28 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 45-70
▲ 1
Just how did the worst team in the AL sweep the best team in the AL last week? We don’t know, either. But a four-game winning streak at this point in the season is a nice accomplishment for the saddest Sox of 2017.
29 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 47-72
▲ 1
With a 13-16 record in the second half, the G-Men have improved a lot in the last month. Of course, they had nowhere to go but up, really. Madison Bumgarner earned his second win of the season last week, too.
30 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 43-72
▼ 4
They play the next seven games on the West Coast, so it’s like a vacation for the Phils. Did you know Manager Pete Mackanin also led the Pirates for 26 games in 2005 and the Reds for 80 games in 2007?

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