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MLB Power Rankings: Week 23

Jase Bandelow and Eric Luchetti

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Posted September 11, 2012 01:37 AM EDT

The Nationals are on top and the stretch run is well under way. See where each team is ranked as the season nears its frantic finish.

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Atlanta Braves

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New York Mets

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

87-54 2 1/18
Manager Davey Johnson shut down Stephen Strasburg for good this season, but the Nationals still have enough firepower to compete in October.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

83-57 - 1/5
Joe Nathan deserves a great deal of credit for what he has done this season. The Rangers closer has blown just one save heading into this week… way back on April 11.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
3

85-57 2 1/22
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Jay Bruce's 33rd home run made major league history. He is the first player to hit at least 20 home runs as a rookie and improve on that total each of the next four seasons.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

81-61 4 3/18
What a weekend for slump-busting, eh? Brian McCann and Dan Uggla both enjoyed some success at the dish after going through horrific offensive slumps. Every hot streak starts at one, you guys.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

80-60 1 4/28
The A’s will have to overcome a scary injury to Brandon McCarthy if they want to play in October. Here’s hoping he continues to recover.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

78-62 1 1/29
The O’s bats have come alive — and in grand fashion — behind Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

79-62 1 4/16
Buster Posey has emerged as an MVP candidate while Hunter Pence has started to get settled at the plate as the Giants try to fend off the Dodgers down the stretch.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
8

79-61 3 1/11
If the Yankees-Orioles series is any indication of what the AL East race will come down to, we are in store for one heckuva final three weeks of the season.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
9

77-63 1 1/15
BJ Upton had a monster performance at the dish last week. His efforts, along with that of James Shields, earned the dual AL player and pitcher of the week honors for the Rays.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
10

77-64 3 2/25
The Angels did exactly what they needed to do, winning six straight against their wild-card competition.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
11

74-67 2 1/19
Scary thoughts for Dodger fans as Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw were both temporarily sidelined with injuries in the Giants series. Even scarier was the Dodgers’ inability to hit with runners in scoring position.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
12

76-64 1 3/25
The Pale Hose were just 3-3 at home against the Royals and Twins last week, teams they must beat if they want to hold off the Tigers in the Central.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
13

73-67 1 1/21
The Tigers fell even further back of the White Sox last week. Time is running out for Jim Leyland’s club to make a surge in the Central.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
14

75-66 - 2/19
Jake Westbrook’s injury creates an open spot in the rotation. Could the miraculous Chris Carpenter return be happening at the perfect time? Or what about top pitching prospect Shelby Miller?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

70-71 1 5/27
Carlos Ruiz returned to the Phillies lineup at the perfect time, as they continue their miraculous sprint toward a National League wild card spot.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
16

72-68 1 5/27
If the Pirates want to finish out the year in playoff contention, then a performance like going 2-4 on a six-game homestand against the Cubs and Astros can’t happen again.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
17

70-71 - 12/25
The Brewers have stormed back into the wild card race, but are beginning to feel the effects of 20-consecutive games in a row, specifically the bullpen.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
18

69-72 2 4/22
The D-backs continue to simply hover around the .500 mark and manager Kirk Gibson won’t hesitate to mention that isn’t good enough.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

64-75 3 7/25
The Blue Jays came into Boston and swept the Red Sox over the weekend. Was that, paired with Bobby V’s tough season, enough for John Farrell to return to Fenway?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
20

67-74 1 18/26
Kevin Millwood looked good in his return to the win column last Wednesday. The right-hander tossed six strong innings against the BoSox for his first win since July 28.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

67-75 - 19/30
Dave Winfield back in 1979 is the only Padre ever to lead the National league in RBI, but can Chase Headley become the second in 2012?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
22

65-76 4 5/27
The Mets are not winning games at home and have struggled to manage more than three runs per contest. Even Anthony Bourdain wouldn’t touch that recipe for disaster.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
23

63-77 2 13/29
The Royals continued their dominance against the White Sox this year, winning two of three on the South Side over the weekend. Too bad they can’t do the same against the rest of the division.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
24

63-79 - 6/26
In his first save opportunity since losing the closer’s job at the All-Star break, Heath Bell give up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning to Jayson Werth —on the first play after a two-hour, 33-minute rain delay. Ouch.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
25

63-78 2 10/26
Bobby Valentine continues to be swirled in controversy in his first year in Beantown… will it be his last?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
26

59-82 2 6/29
Recently recalled David Huff was one of the few bright spots for the Tribe last week. The right-hander relieved Jeanmar Gomez on Wednesday and pitched 3.1 hitless innings to defeat the Twins in his 2012 debut.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
27

59-82 1 22/30
The Twins tallied 18 runs in their win against the White Sox on Tuesday and just 21 runs combined in their other five games of the week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

55-86 1 24/30
Auditions for the 2013 Cubs rotation is underway after the Cubs decided to shut down right-hander Jeff Samardzija for the season.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
29

57-83 2 16/29
Too many negatives to list, but last week the lack of defense was a major downfall. But hey, the Rockies did have a franchise-record streak of 36 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
30

44-97 - 22/30
How about starting pitcher Edgar Gonzalez going from Triple-A to unemployment to the Mexican League to a deal with the Astros. The definition of journeyman, Gonzalez has impressed in his first two starts for Houston.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

 

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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Yankees 9 6
Blue Jays 8 7
Orioles 7 7
Rays 7 8
Red Sox 6 9

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 6 5
White Sox 8 7
Indians 7 7
Twins 7 7
Royals 6 7

Western Division

TEAM W L
Athletics 10 5
Rangers 8 7
Mariners 7 7
Angels 7 8
Astros 5 10

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Braves 10 5
Nationals 9 6
Mets 8 7
Phillies 7 8
Marlins 6 10

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 11 4
Cardinals 9 6
Pirates 7 8
Reds 6 9
Cubs 4 10

Western Division

TEAM W L
Giants 10 5
Dodgers 9 6
Padres 7 8
Rockies 7 9
Diamondbacks 4 14