Sunday, August 18, 2013

0 MLB Power Rankings, Aug. 18

By Kenny Howell

Still the same at the top, but shifting as always in this week's MLB Power Rankings. Team will be followed by their record, and what they were last week.

1. Atlanta Braves (75-48) (1) - Still the best, holding the best record and pitching staff. Top 10 in hitting and defense.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (72-50) (10) - Where have the Dodgers come from? They were in the bottom five a month or two ago, but now, they are unstoppable. They have a 10-game winning streak going right now.

3. Detroit Tigers (72-51) (2) -The Tigers still in charge in the AL Central, despite only winning four of their last 10.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates (72-50) (4) - The Pirates have only won four of their last 10 as well, but still have the second best record in baseball.

5. Oakland Athletics (69-53) (5) - The Athletics have split their last 10, holding them in fifth.

6. Tampa Bay Rays (69-52) (3) - The Rays are two games back in the AL East because of a 3-7 record in their last 10.

7. Cincinnati Reds (69-54) (6) - The Reds have closed the gap on the slumping Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, now just 1.5 games behind.

8. Texas Rangers (71-52) (8) - The Rangers are still surging, winning eight of their last 10. Still think the A's have the better team in the long run.

9. St. Louis Cardinals (70-52) (7) - The Cardinals held the top spot for quite some time, but are falling rapidly.

10. Boston Red Sox (73-52) (9) - The Red Sox hold the AL East lead, but the Rays are on their heels.

11. Baltimore Orioles (66-56) (11) - The Orioles have some work to do to get into the playoffs, now three games behind the wild card.

12. Arizona Diamondbacks (63-58) (12) - The Diamondbacks probably have no hope in the NL West with the Dodgers continuing to roll, but a rally could get them back in the wild card, as they are five games behind.

13. Cleveland Indians (66-57) (13) - The Indians have fallen back a safe distance for the Tigers, now six games back in the AL Central.

14. Kansas City Royals (64-58) (14) - The Royals are still within striking distance of a wild card spot, which is strange.

15. New York Yankees (63-59) (15) - The Yankees still look poised to miss the playoffs, which makes the world a better place.

16. Washington Nationals (60-62) (16) - The Nationals still can't seem to get over the hump. Time has probably run out on them.

17. Milwaukee Brewers (54-69) (22) - The Brewers might have gotten a little better after the Ryan Braun mess. Still bad.

18. Toronto Blue Jays (57-66) (18) - Speaking of being bad.

19. Colorado Rockies (58-66) (24) - Rockies have won six of their last 10.

20. Chicago Cubs (53-69) (20) - The Cubs are still the Cubs.

21. New York Mets (56-65) (17) - The Mets are still the Mets.

22. Los Angeles Angels (55-67) (19) - The Angels have the fourth best offense in baseball, but second to last pitching staff if that tells you anything.

23. Seattle Mariners (56-66) (21) - Mariners had promise for awhile because of their pitching, but that has come back down to Earth.

24. San Francisco Giants (55-67) (23) - Remember when the Giants won the World Series last year?

25. San Diego Padres (55-68) (25) - The Padres have slipped back into last in the NL West.

26. Chicago White Sox (48-74) (27) - The White Sox have won two in a row, and five of their last 10.

27. Minnesota Twins (54-67) (29) - The Twins have also split their last 10.

28. Miami Marlins (46-75) (26) - The Marlins are playing very Marlins baseball right now, losing seven of their last 10.

29. Philadelphia Phillies (53-69) (28) - The Phillies have lost eight of their last 10.

30. Houston Astros (40-82) (30) - The Astros are last in record, pitching and defense. Second to last in hitting.

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