Less than two months remain until the MLB postseason gets underway, and we continue to get a better idea of what we may see then week by week. This week’s edition of our power rankings is going to be a little bit shorter than the usual for times sake (it’s a chaotic week for all of us), but something is better than nothing at all. We couldn’t rob your team from the spotlight, even if it was a repetitive No. 1 seed holder. And so it begins…
30. Atlanta Braves (44-74, previously 30) – They beat the Nationals Friday night, but they’re now 30 games under .500.
29. Minnesota Twins (47-71, previously 29) – Owning the worst home record (25-37) in the AL is usually not a good ingredient for success.
28. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (49-68, previously 24) – 10 straight losses puts the Angels back on track for their worst season in franchise history. Ouch.
27. Tampa Bay Rays (47-69, previously 28) – Matt Duffy’s first at-bat with with Tampa ended in a double play. The Rays will continue to expect better from him after giving up Matt Moore.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (48-69, previously 27) – By the fifth inning of Sunday’s loss against Boston, the Diamondbacks trailed 16-1. Brutal.
25. Cincinnati Reds (48-68, previously 25) – To put things in perspective of how competitive the NL Central is, the Reds are a game better than their NL West cellar counterpart Arizona Diamondbacks, but are six more games out of fist place than Arizona is in the west.
24. San Diego Padres (50-67, previously 23) – San Diego couldn’t take advantage of a sluggish Mets squad at home this weekend. They now face another low quality opponent in Tampa Bay.
23. Oakland Athletics (52-66, previously 26) – They were able to bring the Mariners’ winning streak to a halt Friday night before dropping the final two games of the series. Next up: the Rangers.
22. Milwaukee Brewers (52-64, previously 22) – Milwaukee’s 19-35 road record is the worst in the MLB. It also has to hurt seeing Jonathan Lucroy go on a tear at the plate with the Rangers.
21. Philadelphia Phillies (56-63, previously 21) – Their NL West stand that spanned over four series went poorly with the Dodgers but ended well with a three game sweep of the Rockies.
20. Colorado Rockies (56-62, previously 15) – Just when the Rockies get back to .500 they then go 2-8 in 10 games, unable to hold leads against the Rangers before getting swept by the Phillies.
19. Chicago White Sox (56-61, previously 20) – Even with their record the White Sox aren’t completely dead just yet, 8.5 games out of the Wild Card with about a month and a half to go on the season.
18. Kansas City Royals (57-60. previously 19) – The defending champs have won six of their past 10 but still face an 11 game deficit in the AL Central.
17. New York Mets (59-58, previously 14) – The Mets’ woes got to the point of them dropping below .500 on Friday night before winning two in a row to get back over the hump.
16. New York Yankees (60-57, previously 18) – The Alex Rodriguez era of Yankees baseball is over. He went 1-4 in his final contest with an RBI single in his first at-bat.
15. Houston Astros (61-57, previously 16) – Carlos Gomez has been designated for assignment, which would have been hard to believe a year ago.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates (59-56, previously 17) – The Pirates were able to best the red-hot Dodgers at home this weekend at home, including an 11-3 thrashing of LA on Sunday.
13. Miami Marlins (61-56, previously 11) – Miami lost a three game series at home to the Giants last week before doing the same with the White Sox. Now there is a rumor about the Fish pursuing Alex Rodriguez, which would be a homecoming for the former University of Miami player if indeed true.
12. St. Louis Cardinals (62-56, previously 14) – St. Louis continued their winning ways at Wrigley Field by snapping the Cubs’ 11 game wins streak on Saturday before storming back with five runs in the 8th Sunday night to win the series 2-1.
11. Detroit Tigers (63-54, previously 9) – After winning eight straight, the Tigers lost five straight before shutting out the Rangers in back-to-back contests over the weekend.
10. Seattle Mariners (62-54, previously 12) – Seattle has won eight of its last nine games and is now only two games out of the wildcard, five and a half out of first in the AL West.
9. Boston Red Sox (64-52, previously 10) – Mookie Betts joined Ted Williams Sunday as the only other Boston player to have multiple three-home run outings in the same season.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers (65-52, previously 7) – The Dodgers had played great in the second half, spending one night in a tie for first place, until this weekend when they got roughed up by the Pirates, including an 11-3 loss on Sunday. It was their first home-series loss of the 2nd half, yet they still remain just a game behind the Giants for best in the west.
7. San Francisco Giants (66-51, previously 6) – After their once 8.5 game division lead vanished for one night on Tuesday, the Giants finally won a series in the 2nd half before Madison Bumgarner recorded his first 2nd half win on Saturday. Johnny Cueto was in line for the same yesterday until San Francisco blew a 7-1 lead via a three run homer while only an out away from victory.
6. Baltimore Orioles (66-51, previously 4) – Baltimore’s Bay Area road trip got off to a rough start with a 3-1 series loss to Oakland, losing the AL East lead in the process. They were then able to take the series against the Giants 2-1 over the weekend, coming back from down 7-1 on Sunday to win 8-7 after Jonathan Schoop hit a 3 run homer with the O’s down to their last out and down two runs. Next up is a critical series against the Red Sox.
5. Toronto Blue Jays (67-51, previously 5) – Toronto was able to regain the AL East lead by half a game with a successful series against the Astros combined with a 3-4 road trip by the Baltimore Orioles out west.
4. Cleveland Indians (67-48, previously 8) – It helped that they ran into the Angles, but the Indians have won four straight and have built their AL Central lead back up to 5 games.
3. Texas Rangers (69-50, previously 3) – Jonathan Lucroy has been on a tear since he was traded to Texas, but things slowed down this weekend when the Rangers were shutout over a span of 18 innings against the visiting Tigers.
2. Washington Nationals (69-47, previously 2) – Bryce Harper returned to the lineup yesterday, and maybe its just in time for him to put on a home run show as the Nationals travel to Coors Field to take on the Rockies.
1. Chicago Cubs (73-43, previously 1) – The Cubs won eleven games in a row. I repeat, the Cubs won eleven games in a row. It came to an end with back to back losses against St. Louis on Saturday an Sunday, but what a dominating week it was for Chicago yet again.