MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

MLB Power Rankings: Week 20

By Shawn Ramsey

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Posted August 20, 2013 09:21 AM EDT

+4

Toronto Blue Jays

-6

Minnesota Twins

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

76-48 - 1/10
Julio Teheran has only lost twice in his last 10 starts, picking up his 10th win of the season Sunday against the Nationals to raise his record to 10-6 as the Braves continue to be the best team in the league.
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2

72-52 3 1/25
There is no hotter team right now than the Dodgers. If the team can maintain this level of play, Los Angeles may be playing for a World Series ring in October.
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3

73-51 1 2/11
Justin Verlander does have 12 wins on the season, but the significance of that is lessened after picking up his ninth loss against Kansas City on Friday after a rare night of little offensive support for the Tigers.
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4

72-53 2 1/14
With just a half-game lead over the Athletics in the division standings, the Rangers' favorable schedule for the remainder of the season could play a factor down the stretch.
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5

73-51 1 1/27
The Pirates are still in first place in the NL Central, but with just one game separating them and the Cardinals, Pittsburgh will need to step it up to win the division.
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6

74-53 3 1/20
Last week was rough on the Red Sox after coming away with only two wins in series against the Blue Jays and Yankees. Boston hopes to create a spark by calling up the team’s top prospect in Xander Bogaerts for the stretch.
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7

71-52 - 2/22
If Boston’s recent struggles continue, the Rays may have a chance to catch up or even take the lead in the division. Jose Lobaton’s two walk-offs last week against Toronto show that everyone on the roster is producing in Tampa.
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8

72-52 1 1/9
After a couple disastrous weeks the Cardinals appear to have finally gotten back to their winning ways, taking two straight series last week against the Pirates and Cubs.
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9

71-53 1 2/17
Bartolo Colon is going to miss some time after going to the DL with an injury. But at age 40, it could be a good thing for the veteran pitcher to be rested for the sprint to the finish.
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10

71-54 2 2/13
While the Reds, Cardinals and Pirates are all looking poised to go to the playoffs, only one can win the division to avoid the winner-take-all wild-card game. Cincinnati is heating up just in time for the race to the end.
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11

67-57 1 4/15
Baltimore did salvage a slumping week by taking the final two games against Colorado over the weekend to snap a four-game losing streak during interleague play.
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12

64-59 2 7/17
Maybe the Diamondbacks aren’t quite sunk yet. Arizona swept the Orioles to start the week, and took two out of three from the Pirates. If Arizona can keep on streaking, the postseason race could be more interesting.
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13

67-58 - 5/26
Cleveland’s pitching was supposed to be the problem down the final stretch of the regular season. Instead, the team’s offense has been in a funk over the past month.
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14

64-59 3 5/26
Kansas City had its chance to make some noise last week in the division with five straight games in Detroit, but the Royals were unable to capitalize -- losing three in the long series.
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15

64-59 1 3/23
Entering the week, Alex Rodriguez was hitting .319 with a .407 on-base percentage and was actually contributing to the Yankees’ recent success — at least for the time being.
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16

60-64 1 3/18
Maybe Mike Rizzo shouldn’t have shut down ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg last season before the playoff run -- who knows what could have been? But this season, Washington will likely be watching the postseason at home.
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17

57-67 1 17/27
The Mariners showed they wouldn’t just lie down for teams racing to win the division as Seattle took two games over the weekend against the Rangers, capped by Kyle Seager’s late-game heroics on Sunday.
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18

55-69 1 2/26
For some reason, the Angels can’t figure out the Astros. The Halos lose another series, this time at home in Anaheim, to the team with the worst record in the MLB.
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19

56-69 1 12/29
While this season won’t end in a playoff run for the Padres, at least the young squad is finding ways to keep things interesting for the fans -- like Pedro Feliciano hitting a walk-off homer against the Mets on Sunday.
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20

57-67 4 8/27
J.A. Happ had his skull fractured by a line drive against the Rays earlier in the season. Saturday, he picked up his first win since that event -- against the very same Rays squad.
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21

54-70 - 20/28
Starlin Castro’s struggles at the plate and on the field this season have now resulted in the young shortstop being benched by Cubs manager Dale Sveum.
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22

58-68 - 4/23
The Rockies have had problems playing on the road, falling to 8-24 over their last 32 games away from Colorado. Hopefully playing the struggling Phillies in Philadelphia can set the team straight.
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23

55-69 - 1/23
Pablo Sandoval has shed 22 pounds in the past six weeks, which may have helped him beat out a grounder to first base Saturday. Unfortunately, the Giants need more than a slimmed-down Panda to dig out of their hole.
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24

57-66 1 16/29
The Mets suffered their 12th walk-off loss of the season, matching the Marlins for the most in the majors, after the Padres spoiled the Matt Harvey-Travis d’Arnaud battery duo debut.
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25

54-69 6 19/27
Andrew Albers' joyride came to a screeching halt after a rough night against the White Sox on Saturday night ended a 17 1/3 inning scoreless streak, but a 1.85 ERA with a 2-1 record for a rookie in three games isn’t bad either.
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26

54-71 1 15/30
Carlos Gomez, one of the few bright spots on the Brewers’ roster this season, sprained his knee while making a wall-banging catch on Thursday. Luckily, the outfielder is making a quick recovery to miss only a little time.
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27

55-69 1 12/27
The Phillies fired Charlie Manuel last week after the season took a bad turn, ending the most successful run in club history. Now Ryne Sandberg has a chance to do what he can to end a disappointing season on a high note.
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28

49-74 - 14/29
Chris Sale won for the third time in as many starts after getting some much-needed offensive support from a lineup that has struggled to score for much of the season.
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29

48-75 - 27/30
Giancarlo Stanton thinks he is starting to turn the corner offensively after a down year, slugging a homer off Giants’ Matt Cain Saturday -- his first since July 28.
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30

41-83 - 28/30
The Astros finally reached 40 wins this season after a win in Los Angeles against the Angels, becoming the last major league club to do so this year. Maybe they will be the first to 100 losses?
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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