MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

MLB Power Rankings: Week 21

By Shawn Ramsey
Records update; all other stats through Sunday

WEEK#    
Posted August 27, 2013 03:43 PM EDT

+6

Philadelphia Phillies

-5

Toronto Blue Jays

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

77-54 1 1/25
The Dodgers have lost four of their last eight games and lost a series for the first time since June over the weekend, but that doesn’t take away from the fact LA is still the hottest team in baseball right now.
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2

78-52 1 1/10
The Braves have the best record in the league entering the week, and their schedule working in their favor to keep the best record until the end of the season.
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3

77-54 - 2/11
Miguel Cabrera’s stats are better this season than last season’s Triple Crown-winning year. Only one problem? Chris Davis is somehow hitting more home runs -- with 46 compared to Cabrera’s 42 entering the week.
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4

77-54 4 1/9
Adam Wainwright picked up his 15th win of the season against Atlanta Friday night and the right-hander moved past Chris Carpenter to third on the all-time franchise strikeout list with 1,090.
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5

77-55 1 1/20
Was the Interleague matchup of the Dodgers and Red Sox last weekend a World Series preview? If that is the case, Boston has several reasons to be excited after handing LA its first series loss since June.
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6

74-55 1 2/22
July wasn’t a good month for Evan Longoria, but now the Rays slugger is back to tearing the cover off the ball with six home runs in his past 10 games, including three in the weekend series against the Yankees.
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7

76-54 2 1/27
Unfortunately for the Pirates, the Cardinals are heating back up in time for the stretch run to the division title. Pittsburgh has six games remaining against St. Louis to try to create some space in a tight division race.
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8

76-55 4 1/14
The Rangers swept the Astros to begin last week, but didn’t fare so well against the also inept White Sox. If Texas is going to take the division from Oakland, it will need to beat the teams it is supposed to beat.
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9

74-58 1 2/13
The Reds head to St. Louis for a pivotal three-game series against the Cardinals. Cincinnati is just 2.5 games back in the NL Central and will need a good series to have a chance for the division.
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10

70-59 1 4/15
At 5.5 games back in the division, the AL East could be out of reach for the Orioles, but a playoff berth is in play after taking two of three from the A’s, who are currently in the second wild-card spot.
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11

73-57 2 2/17
Saturday, Jarrod Parker beat Baltimore to win his eighth consecutive decision. The right-hander is unbeaten in 16 starts, one shy of the club record held by Catfish Hunter.
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12

71-59 1 5/26
Cleveland is still hoping to get a playoff berth through one of the two wild-card spots in the American League but its next three series are against tough teams in Atlanta, Detroit and Baltimore.
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13

69-62 2 3/23
The Yankees are starting to find their winning ways once again, but it might be too late for this club -- the Yankees are seven games back in the division and 3.5 games back in the wild-card race.
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14

65-65 2 3/18
The Nationals won five straight games last week to put themselves over .500 once again in what has been a disappointing season after the lofty expectations set by last year’s success.
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15

67-63 3 7/17
The Diamondbacks showed their resilience winning the 18-inning marathon in Philadelphia last week in an otherwise disappointing week for the ball club.
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16

66-64 2 5/26
Kansas City ended its seven-game losing streak Sunday, but unfortunately the damage is done and the Royals are likely just playing to end their season on a high note.
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17

59-72 2 12/29
Once thought to have been a potential ace, Edinson Volquez was designated for assignment after a 9-10 record with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts for the Padres this season.
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18

58-71 - 2/26
Josh Hamilton is finally getting back to his old ways amid a down year. In his last 15 games, the slugger is batting. 344, which has raised his overall average to a season-high .235.
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19

59-71 2 17/27
Seattle had one of the most potent offenses in the league in July, but in August the club’s bats have struggled, making wins even harder to come by despite having a respectable pitching staff.
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20

58-73 3 1/23
This season the Giants have not one, but two Tim Lincecums — a good one and a bad one. When the former Cy Young winner is on his game, opponents better watch out, but when he isn’t; expect the worst from San Francisco.
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21

60-71 6 12/27
Maybe the Phillies just needed a second opinion? After Charlie Manuel’s exit, Ryne Sandberg’s squad has certainly had more excitement, including three walk-off wins and an 18-inning marathon last week.
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22

62-71 - 4/23
Wilin Rosario had his 13-game hitting streak snapped on Friday night but the second-year catcher’s numbers this season have the Rockies excited for the young talent’s future. He had 20 HRs and 70 RBI entering the week.
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23

57-72 2 19/27
Joe Mauer has insisted he wants to continue playing catcher, but after landing on the seven-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms after getting hit by a ball, the Twins might want their star to reconsider.
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24

55-76 3 20/28
Fans haven’t had much to cheer for this season, but Jeff Samardzija has been pitching well for the Cubs. The righty threw a league-high 17 innings in two starts last week, going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.
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25

59-73 5 8/27
The Blue Jays ended their seven-game losing streak Sunday by scoring two runs in the ninth inning in Houston to help Mark Buehrle earn his 10th win of the season and avoid the tough-luck loss.
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26

57-73 - 15/30
The Brewers won’t be going to the postseason this year, but they do have an excellent chance to play spoiler for the three teams in their division who are still in the race.
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27

54-76 1 14/29
The Danks brothers, Jordan and John, capped off a good week for the White Sox after helping the team take a series against the Rangers. Jordan’s go-ahead homer paved the way for John’s fourth win.
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28

58-71 4 16/29
One of the Mets’ few bright spots this season has been Matt Harvey, but now the young star is heading to the disabled list with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, putting his 2014 season in jeopardy.
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29

49-80 - 27/30
Jose Fernandez is giving Marlins fans something to look forward to. The 21-year-old pitcher was named co-National League Player of the Week for the second time the season. He also did it in late July.
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30

44-86 - 28/30
Manager Bo Porter is looking to have more speed in his lineup, and with Jonathan Villar, Robbie Grossman and L.J. Hoes -- all of whom began the season in the minors -- the Astros are hoping their running will produce more wins.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Yankees 12 9
Blue Jays 11 10
Orioles 10 10
Rays 10 11
Red Sox 10 12

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 10 8
White Sox 11 11
Royals 10 10
Twins 10 10
Indians 10 11

Western Division

TEAM W L
Rangers 14 8
Athletics 13 8
Angels 10 11
Mariners 8 13
Astros 7 15

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Braves 14 7
Nationals 12 10
Mets 11 10
Phillies 10 11
Marlins 10 12

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 16 6
Cardinals 12 10
Reds 10 11
Pirates 9 13
Cubs 7 13

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 13 9
Giants 12 10
Rockies 12 11
Padres 10 12
Diamondbacks 6 18