Sunday, September 8, 2013

0 MLB Power Rankings, Sept. 8

By Kenny Howell

Gonna do things a little different this week. I'm not going to do a full Power Rankings because there are several teams that just don't matter at this point. I will just rank the teams that have a chance at the postseason.

1. Boston Red Sox (87-57) (7) - Before a loss today, the Red Sox had won five in a row. They take advantage of a bunch of elite teams slumping.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (83-58) (1) - The Dodgers give up the top spot this week after dropping their last three games.

3. Atlanta Braves (85-57) (2) - The Braves slip too after losing four straight.

4. Detroit Tigers (82-60) (3) - The Tigers have split their last 10 games, dropping them a spot.

5. St. Louis Cardinals (82-60) (6) - The Cardinals have moved back into the lead in the NL Central.

6. Texas Rangers (80-61) (4) - The Rangers have given the AL West back to the A's, but are still in good shape for the Wild Card.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates (81-60) (5) - Pirates drop too after losing three in a row, and giving up the NL Central lead.

8. Cincinnati Reds (81-62) (9) - The Reds are winning at the right time, and are aiming for the NL Central lead.

9. Oakland Athletics (82-60) (10) - The A's are back to their winning ways, and are in first in the AL West. Will it hold?

10. Cleveland Indians (76-65) (13) - The Indians have won four in a row, and are just a game behind the Rays in the Wild Card.

11. Baltimore Orioles (76-65) (14) - The Orioles have won three in a row, and are poised to take the Wild Card from the Rays.

12. Tampa Bay Rays (77-64) (8) - The Rays are spiraling downward, losing eight of their last 10. They still have the Wild Card, but might lose that if they continue losing.

13. New York Yankees (75-67) (11) - The Yankees have dropped three of their last four, but the Wild Card is still within reach.

14. Kansas City Royals (74-68) (16) - The Royals are hanging around. Would be awesome to see them slip into the playoffs.

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