MLB Power Rankings

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1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 78-45
A 15-4 record is August has propelled the Cubbies forward to the point of leaving every other team in MLB behind (again). That barely-.500 summer is a distant memory now, and all the rest of the National League can do now is pray for a miracle to stop Chicago in October.
2 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 69-54
▲ 4
With a dominant 8-1 stretch coming to an end on Sunday with a 10-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers, Boston moved back up in the rankings. The BoSox are just one half game behind the Toronto Blue Jays now in the American League East, and 13 of their next 16 games are against MLB bottom feeders.
3 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 73-50
▼ 1
A four-win week feels a little worse with a walk-off loss to Atlanta on Sunday, of course, but the Nats still have an 8.5-game lead in the NL East. Since 2012, we’ve looked at Washington as a perennial contender, but they haven’t even reached the NL Championship Series. Maybe this is the year.
4 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 71-51
▼ 1
Two straight home walk-off wins last week salvaged things, although the Tribe still enjoys a seven-game division lead. A seven-game road trip is next as Cleveland tries to keep its machine rolling into September and beyond. This team has to be the sentimental favorite in the AL.
5 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 70-54
▼ 1
In first place despite a .500 week, the Blue Jays need to get into the same offensive groove that carried them into October last year. Three times last week, Toronto was held to just two runs or less. Of course, the team lost all three of those games.
6 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 66-57
▲ 4
Just one game out of the final wild-card spot in the AL, the Mariners have won 14 of their last 19 games now. The challenge for Seattle all season has been consistency, and now, the Ms need it more than ever if they’re going to make October for the first time in 15 years.
7 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 66-57
▲ 4
With just one loss last week, the Cards vaulted back up in the rankings. Now they get six games at home against teams scuffling along. St. Louis has to use the schedule to its advantage if it wants to secure its hold on the last wild-card slot in the NL.
8 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 67-56
▼ 3
A five-loss week was a disaster for the Orioles, but they’re clinging to a playoff spot. All season we’ve kind of warned everyone about Baltimore’s precarious position, and the team’s 20-25 record since July 1 is sort of proving our point.
9 Houston Astros Houston Astros 64-60
▲ 4
Three straight wins over the Orioles to end the week keeps the Astros in contention for the AL playoffs. However, Houston’s starting rotation (4.30 ERA) will have to return to its 2015 form (3.71 ERA) if the team does want to play in October for a second straight season.
10 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 68-55
▼ 2
Want to hear something funny? Clayton Kershaw still has the highest Wins-Above-Replacement value of any NL pitcher, and he hasn’t thrown a pitch since the end of June. How the Dodgers can be in first place without the best pitcher of this century is the biggest mystery of the MLB season to date.
11 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 65-59
▼ 2
Losing three straight at home to start the week wasn’t the best way for Detroit to keep its momentum going. The Tigers earned a four-game split with the Red Sox to end the week, and they’re still in the wild-card hunt … but this has been a bad month for the club (8-11).
12 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 73-52
▼ 5
Despite two losses to the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, the Rangers are cruising in the AL West with a six-game lead. An upcoming 14-game stretch against fellow AL playoff contenders from Cleveland, Houston and Seattle will define Texas’ season, in truth.
13 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 65-59
▼ 1
A victorious three-game sweep in Pittsburgh salvaged the week for the Marlins, and they still have a shot at the NL Wild Card Game. They host the defending World Series champions this week, and that’s an interesting connection to make if you catch out drift.
14 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 64-60
▲ 4
A few weeks ago, we wrote off the defending champs, and now they’ve won 13 of their last 15 games. What to make of that sweet success? The pitching staff, which has given up just 34 runs in those 15 games. K.C. has done this without their All-Star closer, too, so if Wade Davis comes back soon, watch out, American League.
15 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 62-59
▲ 1
After winning five of six on the road against NL West leaders, the Pirates hit a speed bump back home against the Marlins. However, Pittsburgh still has a shot at the NL Wild Card Game, too. The Pirates will have to win some games against the Cubs and the Cards to get there.
16 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 68-56
▼ 2
The Giants just finished a 3-7 homestand, and we all remember the days when S.F. dominated at home. In the three World Series years, the Giants averaged 47 home wins in the regular season. They will have to go 12-6 in their final 18 home games to match that this year, but the team is just 11-23 since the All-Star Game—including a 6-11 mark at AT&T Park.
17 New York Yankees New York Yankees 63-60
▼ 2
The future looks bright in the Bronx, as Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have arrived to revitalize the New York lineup in the absence of A-Rod. The Yankees play their next 15 games against AL playoff contenders, so they can either use it as a springboard or play spoiler for its opponents. Perhaps both?
18 New York Mets New York Mets 62-62
▼ 1
It’s been a disappointing season for the Mets, but Yoenis Cespedes has been a bright spot. He hit three home runs over the weekend in San Francisco to keep New York at .500 for the season, and his OPS (.933) is by far a career-high mark.
19 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 60-64
▲ 1
The Rox dropped a big bunch of runs on Stephen Strasburg last Wednesday, which ruined his ERA. However, in the larger picture, Colorado won four of six at home last week against the Cubs and the Nationals. Think about that for a moment.
20 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 59-64
▼ 1
Chris Sale is 15-6 with a 3.15 ERA, but his strikeouts are down. He may not even be the best pitcher on the staff anymore, as Jose Quintana is 10-9 with a 2.84 ERA. Oh, and for the record, “Big Game” James Shields has a 7.62 ERA since joining the White Sox in early June. What a rotation!
21 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 58-67
After a 14-10 April, the Phillies had three straight losing months. With a 10-8 record right now in August, Philadelphia has a good chance to reverse that trend, even with the Mets and the Nationals still left on the month’s schedule.
22 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 53-70
A one-run win in Seattle on Sunday meant the Brew Crew avoided a winless week. First baseman Chris Carter has averaged 30 HRs a season over the last four years, and he still has a month-plus of games left on the schedule in 2016.
23 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 53-70
▲ 3
How did the Reds win five games last week against NL playoff contenders? We don’t know, but in those five games against L.A. and Miami, Cincinnati pitchers gave up just 12 runs total. That’s probably how they did it.
24 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 53-71
▼ 1
A one-win week is bad for any team, but the A’s have a special excuse. As the club announced earlier this week, “The A’s have now used the DL an Oakland-record 26 times … Oakland currently has a season-high 15 players on the DL, including 11 on the 60-day DL.” It’s time to hire a new training staff, if the team can afford it.
25 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 53-71
▼ 1
Twelve of the team’s next 15 games are against playoff contenders, so it’s just going to get worse in San Diego this season. It’s been more than a year now (July 2015) since the Padres last posted a winning month.
26 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 52-70
▲ 2
The Rays won five of six last week, dropping only a game to Texas and Cole Hamels. On paper, the rotation really isn’t that bad. Tampa Bay is also 18-16 since the All-Star Game, which is a good sign heading toward next season.
27 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 52-72
▼ 2
It’s a credit to Mike Trout that he’s not some NBA-like or NFL-like prima donna demanding a trade to a better team. Despite leading the majors in WAR again, Trout probably will not win the AL MVP Award this year, simply because his team is so bad.
28 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 51-73
▼ 1
With a 21-31 record in its division, Arizona actually has a losing record against all four teams in the NL West. What we said above about Trout also applies to Paul Goldschmidt. It’s a shame to see such talent wasted.
29 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 49-75
Scoring just six runs while losing four straight to the Royals means the Twins just helped the defending champs back into the postseason chase. As the NFL season approaches, we doubt the Vikings would do the same for the Chiefs, intentionally or not.
30 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 45-79
In the single win for the team last week, the Braves got a walk-off HR from Jace Peterson on Sunday to beat the Nationals. If you’re going to have a crappy week, that’s the best way to end it, in truth.

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