MLB Power Rankings

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1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 68-31
Their 11-game winning streak ended on Thursday, but the Dodgers keep rolling along nonetheless. L.A. is 23-5 in games decided by five runs or more. That’s why the plus-174 run differential is the best in baseball right now.
2 Houston Astros Houston Astros 65-33
The team lost their best player, shortstop Carlos Correa, for two months to a thumb injury. The good news for Houston is the Astros have a 17-game lead in the American League West right now.
3 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 59-38
They just went 7-2 on a nine-game road trip, and the Nats have a 12-game lead in the National League East. Washington hopes starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg recovers quickly from a back issue that forced him out of Sunday’s game, though.
4 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 58-42
▲ 1
With six wins in the last seven games, the Rox seem to have pulled themselves out of the slump they were having. From June 21 to July 15, Colorado lost 14 of 19 contests. The team is on pace for its fourth-straight winning month this season.
5 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 56-42
▼ 1
With just six wins in 17 games this month, it’s now the Diamondbacks who find themselves in the final NL postseason spot. On Thursday, Arizona hits the road for 10 games combined in St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco. That sub-.500 road record will be put to the test.
6 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 55-45
Since taking over first place alone in the AL East on June 29, the Red Sox are just 11-10. Boston is not grasping the opportunity to run away with the division very firmly. That’s an item for concern, with the trade deadline approaching fast.
7 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 51-46
▲ 5
With an 8-1 record since the All-Star break, the defending champions look like they’re finally waking up. The Cubbies are now tied for first place in the NL Central, as well. The Windy City Series this week against the White Sox should be fun, right?
8 New York Yankees New York Yankees 51-46
▲ 2
The Bronx Bombers just completed an 11-game road trip with six wins, and they made a huge trade last week, too, to bolster the holes in the roster. Just 2.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, the Yankees are serious about returning to their 1995-2012 dominance.
9 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 51-45
After a 1-5 road trip to Northern California, the Tribe recovered with a three-game sweep of Toronto in Cleveland. It looks like the starting pitching is rounding into form just in time for the pennant drive this August.
10 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 53-48
▼ 3
Losers of seven in the last eight, the Brewers saw their solid lead in the NL Central Division disappear in the blink of an eye. Milwaukee’s lineup scored just 15 runs in those seven losses, while scoring nine runs in the lone victory. You have to plate base runners in this sport if you want to win.
11 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 51-48
▼ 3
The Rays dropped four straight to end the week, including three consecutive losses at home to the Texas Rangers. After hosting Baltimore for three starting Monday, Tampa hits the road for eight games against the Yankees and the Astros. It’s make-or-break time for this upstart squad.
12 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 50-47
▲ 2
Five wins in a row to end the week, including three via walk-off action, helped the Royals salvage a 10-game homestand while putting them into the final AL postseason spot. K.C. has four walk-off wins since the All-Star break, actually. The 2014-2015 magic might be returning.
13 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 48-50
▲ 3
This streaky team is hard to read. The sweep in Tampa gave the Rangers a 5-5 record on their 10-game road trip, and now Texas has a nine-game home stand against sub-.500 teams. It’s time for the Rangers to make a move.
14 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 49-48
▼ 3
With a 4-5 record since the All-Star break, the Twinkies aren’t setting the world on fire. Now, they have an eight-game road trip to California on the schedule. That could be good for Minnesota and its 26-17 record away from the friendly confines of Target Field.
15 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 49-51
▼ 2
Dropping three of four to the Yankees at home last week had to be a disappointment for the Mariners. Seattle sits 2.5 games out of a wild-card spot, which is tantalizingly close. But now, the Red Sox come to Safeco Field, so it’s time to wake up.
16 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 47-51
▲ 2
Seven straight home games are on the docket this week against the the NL West teams currently slotted in the wild-card spots. The Cards are nine games back in that chase—but just 4.5 games out in the division. This week is huge for St. Louis’ playoff hopes.
17 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 49-51
Six games on the road this week in Cleveland and Toronto are coming at the wrong time for the Halos, considering their .440 win percentage away from Southern California. L.A. won 14 games in each of the first three months of the season, but the club has just seven wins in July.
18 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 49-50
▲ 1
They won six straight to get over .500, but two losses to Colorado over the weekend dropped the Pirates back under even. Pittsburgh is now just three games out of first place in the NL Central, which is hard to believe. Outfielder Starling Marté has returned from suspension just in time.
19 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 45-52
▲ 6
The Tigers’ next nine games are against the Royals (home), the Astros (home) and the Yankees (away). They should be ready to raise the white flag after this stretch, even though with a 10-9 record in July, the team could post its first winning month of the year. Don’t count on it.
20 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 44-52
▲ 4
The team has the same record at home as it does on the road (22-26), and Miami is dead last in NL attendance this season despite playing in a relatively new ballpark. Sometimes it hard to grasp this franchise has two World Series championships in its short history.
21 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 47-50
▼ 6
With two wins in seven games last week against the Dodgers and the Cubs, the Braves came crashing back down to the ground a wee bit. We can forgive them for that, but seven more road games loom this week for Atlanta.
22 New York Mets New York Mets 45-51
▲ 1
They won four straight last week, keeping the “tease” going. The Mets have played over .500 ball for the last month, but they’re still 13.5 games out of first place in the NL East. They’re 10 games out of a NL wild-card slot.
23 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 44-54
▼ 1
Last Monday, Oakland sold just 9,736 tickets to a game against Tampa Bay at the Coliseum. That was the lowest attendance figure in the East Bay since May 2011, although the A’s did recover to make three straight AL postseasons in 2012-14. No comment on whether that will happen again anytime soon.
24 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 47-51
▼ 3
They finished a 10-game home stand with five wins, although four of them were against the Rangers. The Orioles went 1-5 against the Cubs and the Astros in the other six games. That tells us all we need to know.
25 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 44-54
▼ 5
It could be time to close the book on the Blue Jays, although they have one last chance this week to resuscitate with seven home games against mediocre AL West teams. Toronto scored just five runs in three losses at Cleveland over the weekend.
26 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 43-55
With a 9-4 record against the S.F. Giants now this season, the Padres have disappointed all those Northern California fans that travel down the coastline to see games at PetCo Park. By the way, San Diego is just 5-23 in games decided by five runs or more in 2017. Ouch!
27 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 41-57
With just two wins since the All-Star break, the Reds are hunkering down as the bottom dwellers in the NL Central. In four years under Manager Bryan Price, Cincy is now just 248-336, signaling a change should be in order soon.
28 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 38-57
The season is over for the ChiSox, as they’ve lost nine straight now and traded away some key players for a 2018 rebuild. With the Cubs finally catching fire, too, it’ll be a long two-plus months for the South Side. Go Bears!
29 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 38-62
They won two contests at home against Cleveland last week, each by one run. The Giants are now 16-14 in one-run games this season. That’s the only thing keeping S.F. from being at the bottom of this list. If only the Padres weren’t so “good”!
30 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 34-62
After losing in walk-off fashion last Monday, the Phils recovered to win four games in five the rest of the week. A dose of reality in the form of the Houston Astros comes to town starting today, however.

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