MLB Power Rankings

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1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 82-47
With a 29-12 record since the All-Star break, including a 19-6 mark in the month of August, the Cubbies are reasserting themselves as the World Series favorites. Two one-run road losses in Los Angeles over the weekend doesn’t change that.
2 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 72-58
Boston is just 23-20 in the second half, but it’s been enough to keep the team in the American League East hunt. Two losses to Tampa Bay last week don’t help, however, nor did the two losses to Kansas City. The Red Sox now have nine straight games against bad teams ahead, and they need wins.
3 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 74-56
▲ 2
The Blue Jays have stepped it up since the All-Star break, posting a 23-16 record in the second half to take the AL East lead. A nine-game road trip begins today, all against division foes. If Toronto plays well away from home, it could decide the division early in September.
4 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 75-55
▼ 1
After setting a strong pace in the first half with a .600 winning percentage, the Nats have played pretty average in the second half with a 21-19 mark. They still have an eight-game lead in the National League East, despite winning just twice last week. The next 19 games are against also-ran division foes, though, so look for Washington to get fat on that slate.
5 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 73-56
▼ 1
Like the team above them in the standings, the Indians have been hovering around .500 since the All-Star break with a 21-20 record. Cleveland lost series to both Oakland and Texas on the road last week, scoring one run or less in six of their seven games. That’s not good this time of year, even with a 4.5-game edge in the AL Central.
6 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 68-61
▲ 1
For a team with postseason aspirations, the Cards haven’t been playing like it in the second half with a 22-19 mark. For example, St. Louis lost a series against the A’s at home over the weekend. Now, a nine-game road trip through the NL Central looms ahead. The league’s wild-card chase could get interesting.
7 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 73-57
▲ 3
With two impressive series wins at home over the Cubs and the Giants, the Dodgers have maintained their level of play throughout the season rather consistently. The team has done it through a myriad of injuries and roster-shuffling moves, too. That experience will pay off in the postseason.
8 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 68-62
▼ 2
The team had a bad week, dropping five games, and yet the Mariners still have improved their winning percentage since the All-Star break by over 50 percentage points. On Friday, Felix Hernandez outdueled Chris Sale, and that was a welcome sign for Seattle’s front office and fans alike.
9 Houston Astros Houston Astros 68-62
Despite Houston’s uneven first half, the team has been even worse in the second half, playing under .500 since the break. But seven wins in the last nine games have the ‘Stros pushing again for a wild-card slot. Houston hosts Oakland for three at home before a six-game road trip through Cleveland and Texas. The Astros would be wise to make those games count for something.
10 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 71-59
▼ 2
After leading the AL East for 111 days this season, the Orioles are now in third place, albeit just three games back of the lead. But losing the team’s best starter—Chris Tillman—to the disabled list is going to make it very hard for Baltimore to make the playoffs.
11 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 77-54
▲ 1
With a historic 29-8 mark in one-run games this season, the Rangers have maintained a healthy lead in the AL West all season. Texas now how six home games against its closest division challengers this week with a chance to truly close out the competition early.
12 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 69-61
▼ 1
Dropping two games to end the week ruined some momentum in Motown, but the Tigers still are right in the thick of the AL wild-card chase. Detroit has played much better in the second half of the season, but the league is tough. Will it be enough to give the Tigers another World Series shot?
13 New York Yankees New York Yankees 67-62
▲ 4
After a .500 first half, the Bronx Bombers traded away some huge assets, and now the team finds itself playing better baseball than most teams in the majors. Go figure. The next nine games are against other AL playoff contenders, so this could be the Yankees’ chances to make a serious postseason move.
14 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 67-61
▲ 1
The same is almost true of the Pirates, in that they too sold off some serious assets before suddenly playing much better baseball. A four-game sweep in Milwaukee helped the Pittsburgh cause last week, while 18 of the next 24 games are against sub-.500 teams. That could be a key factor in the NL wild-card chase.
15 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 68-62
▼ 1
Another second-half surge has put the defending champs right into the middle of the 10-team AL postseason scrum. After series at home this week against the Tigers and the Yankees, the Royals then get 14 straight games against some of the worst teams in the AL. Keep an eye on Kansas City … still.
16 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 71-59
A 3-3 mark last week was the best showing for the Giants since the All-Star Game, as their 14-26 record in the second half has sunk S.F. thoroughly. The Giants are five games under .500 against winning teams this season, and they just saw their only two good starters get beat in Los Angeles.
17 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 67-63
▼ 4
With seven road games ahead, the Marlins may be facing a moment of truth. They’re under .500 since the break, and despite exceeding expectations all season, the time has come for the Miami club to make a stand.
18 New York Mets New York Mets 66-64
Despite winning six of their last eight, the Mets are getting a lot of headlines for their second-half fade being a result of their 2015 World Series appearance. New York is four games under .500 since the All-Star Game, so it’s hard to argue with the fatigue theory.
19 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 63-66
▲ 1
Since May 9, the Pale Hose are just 40-56, which is one of the worst marks in MLB during that stretch. They’ve won six of their last eight to make a push back close to the .500 mark on the year, but Chicago is already looking towards 2017.
20 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 62-68
▼ 1
With a 22-20 record since the All-Star break, Colorado has been a competitive opponent for the NL teams chasing a playoff berth. The Rockies won the season series against the Cubs, for example, as well as the Nationals. Go figure.
21 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 60-70
In truth, Pete Mackanin should be the frontrunner for NL Manager of the Year, because the Phillies have been playing above their heads all season. That 25-16 record in one-run games surely has helped out, too.
22 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 57-73
▲ 2
The A’s played spoiler last week, taking series from both Cleveland at home and St. Louis on the road. Oakland is just 19-22 since the All-Star break, but the team did well at the trade deadline, and we’ll hear more from them in 2017 than most people think at this point.
23 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 56-74
▲ 4
Like the A’s, the Angels also did well last week against potential playoff teams. Los Angeles took road series against both Detroit and Toronto, but overall, the Halos have underachieved this year. Perhaps it’s time for manager Mike Scioscia to retire.
24 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 56-74
▼ 2
After sweeping the Rockies at home, the Brew Crew turned around and got swept at home by the Pirates. Milwaukee has sunk a bit since the All-Star break, but we’re not sure anyone has noticed, in truth.
25 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 55-74
▲ 1
Surprisingly, the Rays are over .500 since the All-Star break, although maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised. This is a team that often outperforms expectations, despite the very bad first half this year. Tampa Bay’s next 26 games are all against AL East teams looking to make the playoffs. Talk about spoiler potential!
26 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 55-74
▼ 3
First baseman Joey Votto hit just .252 in the first half, but in the second half, the former NL MVP has clubbed a .431/.529/.686 line. Too bad the rest of the team hasn’t followed suit in 2016.
27 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 55-75
▼ 2
Quick, name one player on the roster in San Diego currently. The Padres have traded away so many players this season, it’s hard to remember which guys are still on the team as September approaches.
28 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 55-76
Getting A.J. Pollock back is a nice boost for the final meaningless month of the season in the desert, but Pollock’s full presence in 2016 wouldn’t have helped this trainwreck of a team. Tell us again why Zack Greinke wanted to play for Arizona.
29 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 49-81
Currently on a 10-game losing streak, the Twins have been off the MLB radar all season. We’re not sure anyone has even noticed the run of defeats. With three games in Cleveland coming up, the slide may reach lucky No. 13 soon enough.
30 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 48-83
The good news for the Braves on Sunday was that they scored three runs off Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco. The bad news was that Atlanta still lost the game, 13-4. Overall, though, three wins last week represent a solid turn for the Tomahawk Chop squad.

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