MLB Power Rankings

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1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 64-29
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On June 6, the team was 35-25, and since then, the Dodgers have gone on a 30-4 tear. That’s been worth 12.5 games in the standings, as L.A. now leads the National League West by double digits.
2 Houston Astros Houston Astros 62-30
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It’s no knock against the ‘Stros to drop them from the top spot in the rankings. Houston has spent all but five days this season in first place among American League West Division foes.
3 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 55-36
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The Nats bullpen got a big boost on Sunday with the addition of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson via trade with the Oakland Athletics. The move was all about prepping for October.
4 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 53-39
Losers of five straight now, the D’backs need the day off Monday in order to prepare for a three-game set in Cincinnati. Arizona needs to win in order to get back on track and secure an NL wild-card spot.
5 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 53-41
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Since June 10, while the Dodgers have been flying, the Rox have been slipping, going just 12-18 over their last 30 games. That cost Colorado a whopping 14 games in the standings. Just like Arizona, the club needs to get back on track soon.
6 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 52-41
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A split of the four-game series at home against the New York Yankees keeps the Red Sox atop the AL East, but you know Boston wanted more than that. But, maybe it’s the Rays the BoSox needs to worry about instead of the Yanks.
7 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 52-42
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With a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central, the Brewers have put themselves in a good place for the second half. If it keeps this pace, Milwaukee could make the postseason as a division winner or a wild-card team.
8 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 49-44
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Who had Tampa Bay in the AL East pool before the season started? Here the Rays are, just a few games behind Boston now. Will they make some trades to improve the team? That’s the big question.
9 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 47-43
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Getting swept in Oakland wasn’t how the Tribe envisioned opening up the second half. Now it’s three games in San Francisco, though, so Cleveland probably can turn it around easily.
10 New York Yankees New York Yankees 47-43
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Just 17-23 since the start of June, the Bronx Bombers are slipping. Plus, they just lost Michael Pineda to injury. The Yankees will take their split in Boston, although they have seven more games on the road this week.
11 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 46-45
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Thanks to the A’s, the Twins kept pace over the weekend with the Tribe, actually gaining a game. Six games at home this week means Minnesota can take advantage of the schedule if Cleveland falters again in the Bay Area.
12 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 46-45
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With a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles to start the second half, plus a trade to augment a sagging rotation, the Cubs have served notice they’re still the defending champs. But there is still work to be done.
13 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 46-47
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A three-game sweep of the White Sox on the road puts the Mariners within striking distance of the AL wild-card spots. Is it finally Seattle’s turn to make it back to October? It’s been so long.
14 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 45-45
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They broke a five-game losing streak on Sunday, and the Royals still have seven more games at home this week to capitalize on the momentum. A nine-game road trip looms after that, so K.C. needs to make its move now.
15 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 45-45
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A home sweep of the Diamondbacks over the weekend got the Braves back to .500 on the season. The last time Atlanta was at .500 this late in the year? Back in 2014, before the team finished 79-83 at the end.
16 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 45-46
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Sunday’s loss to the Royals dropped the Rangers back under .500 again as they haven’t been more than three games over all year long. Texas has seven more games on the road this week, however.
17 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 46-49
The good is that Mike Trout is back. The bad news is the Halos lost two of three at home to the Rays, anyway. The definition of average, L.A. hasn’t been more than four games over or four games under .500 this season.
18 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 44-47
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The redbirds lost two of three over the weekend in Pittsburgh and have seven more road games this week. Like every other NL Central team not in Milwaukee, the Cards have just wasted opportunity after opportunity this season.
19 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 44-48
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The Pirates have won seven of their last nine, but they haven’t gained a game in the standings among NL Central Division squads. They get suspended outfielder Starling Marté back on Tuesday, however. Will that make a difference?
20 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 42-49
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Like the Cubs, it feels like Toronto has been sleepwalking through this season. Unlike the defending champs, the Blue Jays did not come out of the break on fire, losing two of three in Detroit. Seven more road games await them this week.
21 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 42-49
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Remember when the Orioles started the season with a 15-8 record in April? It’s been all downhill since then (27-41). Since its last day atop the AL East Division on May 20, Baltimore has posted a 17-33 mark. That’s a collapse.
22 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 42-50
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Despite trading the best two pitchers in the bullpen away on Sunday, the A’s somehow managed to sweep the Tribe at the Coliseum. Will they trade their best starting pitcher away next? Oakland continues to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild.
23 New York Mets New York Mets 41-48
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They just keep moving along, suffering injuries and hanging around other middling teams in the NL. The Mets just took two of three from the Rockies at home and now have the rest of the weeks at Citi Field, too. Ho hum.
24 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 41-49
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After winning three straight against the Giants in San Francisco to end the first half, the Fish came home after the break and lost three straight against the Dodgers. That’s about par for the course this season in Miami.
25 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 41-49
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How can the Tigers only be six games out of first place? They play the next ten games straight against AL Central Division rivals, so maybe this is Detroit’s last chance to do something in 2017.
26 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 40-51
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Catcher Héctor Sánchez hit a two-run home run to win the game in the ninth inning on Saturday night at PetCo Park against the Giants, and then he hit a three-run shot on Sunday in the first inning, too. That’s showing your old team up, isn’t it?
27 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 39-52
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Outscored 29-11 in the first three games out of the All-Star break, the Reds show no signs of getting any better any time soon. Cincy’s longest win streak this year has been a mere five straight.
28 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 38-52
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Losers of seven in the last eight, the ChiSox were swept at home by the Mariners over the weekend. They host the Dodgers next and end the week facing the Cubs in the Windy City’s crosstown battle of the summer. It might not be pretty.
29 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 35-58
Madison Bumgarner returned just in time to see Johnny Cueto go on the disabled list. The Giants should trade as many high-priced players away as they can right now and try to reload for 2018.
30 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 30-60
The victory on Sunday was just the second in the last nine games for the Phils. What’s most surprising is that no one on the pitching staff has more than seven losses. It’s been an equal-opportunity disaster in Philadelphia this season.

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