Jul 19, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Edward Mujica (44) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after defeating the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated San Diego 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Power Rankings: Week 16


The Orioles made a jump, the Blue Jays took a tumble, and the rest of the rankings remained pretty consistent.

Here are the rankings for Week 16:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. St. Louis Cardinals (59-37)
1              – The Cardinals, who beat the Padres yesterday when Allen Craig robbed a would be game tying home run in the 9th inning, play their next 6 games against the Phillies and Braves before they head to Pittsburgh for an enormous 5 game set against the Pirates.
2. Boston Red Sox (60-40)
2              – Boston took 2 of 3 from the Yankees over the weekend, and have the most wins in baseball (60). They welcome the red hot Rays to Fenway tonight for a 4 game battle for first in the A.L. East.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (57-39)
3              – The Pirates, who are leading the N.L. Wild Card race and are 2 games behind the Cardinals for first place in the N.L. Central, open up a 4 game set with the reeling Nationals tonight in Washington before traveling to Miami for 3.
4. Tampa Bay Rays (58-41)
5            ^ 1 The Rays are sizzling right now.  They’re 17-2 over their last 19 games, are currently leading the A.L. Wild Card race, and are just 1.5 games behind Boston for first place in the A.L. East.
5. Oakland Athletics (57-41)
4             – 1
The A’s lost 2 of 3 over the weekend, but increased their lead over Texas in the A.L. West.  They now lead the Division by 3 games.
6. Baltimore Orioles (56-43)
10          ^ 4 Baltimore swept the Rangers in Texas over the weekend to move into Playoff position in the American League (they’re currently leading the 2nd Wild Card by 1.5 games).
7. Cincinnati Reds (55-43) 9            ^ 2 The Reds are maintaining a comfortable lead as far as the 2nd Wild Card is concerned.  They’re 4.5 games up on the Dodgers.
 

8. Atlanta Braves (55-43)



6             – 2 Atlanta, who lost 2 of 3 to the White Sox over the weekend but increased their first place lead in the N.L. East to 6.5 games, open a 4 game set against the Mets in Queens tonight.
9. Detroit Tigers (53-44)
8             – 1 The Tigers continue to hover 10 or so games above .500 despite having the 3rd best run differential (+90) in baseball.  They lead the Indians by just 1.5 games for first place in the A.L. Central.
10. Texas Rangers (54-44) 7             – 3 Texas was swept by the Orioles over the weekend to fall 3 games behind the A’s for first place in the A.L. West.
11. Cleveland Indians (52-46) 11            – The Indians, who are just 1.5 games behind Detroit for first place in the A.L. Central, open up a 3 game set against streaking Seattle tonight.
12. New York Yankees (52-46)
12            – C.C. Sabathia was clobbered last night before the Yankees fell to Boston in 11 innings to drop 2 of 3 and fall 7 games out of first.  Derek Jeter is back on the DL, Alex Rodriguez (who was supposed to return tonight), injured his quad, and the Yankees have a brutal stretch coming up.  They head to Texas for 4, welcome in the Rays for 3, and then travel to Los Angeles for 2 against the Dodgers.
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (51-47) 13            – The Diamondbacks have seen their lead in the N.L. West shrink to just a half game (over the Dodgers).  They have a chance to pad their record over the next 7 days, during which they’ll host the Cubs for 4 and the Padres for 3.
14. Los Angeles Dodgers (50-47)
15          ^ 1 Yasiel Puig has cooled off, but the Dodgers haven’t.  They swept the Nationals in Washington over the weekend, and are just a half game behind Arizona for first place in the N.L. West.
15. Washington Nationals (48-50) 14           – 1 Washington was swept at home by the Dodgers over the weekend, and are 2-8 over their last 10 games.  Everyone keeps waiting for the Nats to turn it around, but at some point, it might be time to consider that their offense simply isn’t good enough for them to contend.
16. Philadelphia Phillies (49-50)
16            – The Phillies should be sellers between now and the trade deadline, but Ruben Amaro, Jr. continues to send signals that they’ll be buyers.
17. Colorado Rockies (48-51)
19          ^ 2 In any other Division, the Rockies would be in sell mode.  However, in the N.L. West, being 3 games under .500 means that you’re only 3.5 games out of first place.
18. Los Angeles Angels (46-50)
18            – The Angels are 10 games back in the A.L. West and 8.5 games back of the 2nd Wild Card.  They welcome the Twins to Anaheim for 3 games before hitting the road for 7 games against the A’s and Rangers.
19. Kansas City Royals (45-50)
20           ^ 1 The Royals, who lost to Detroit Sunday, keep wasting great efforts from James Shields.  Despite having a 3.24 ERA, Shields is 4-7 on the season.  Another example why wins are an archaic stat.
20. San Francisco Giants (45-52)
21            – 1 San Francisco won 2 of 3 over the weekend against Arizona to trim their deficit in the N.L. West to 5.5 games.
21. Seattle Mariners (46-52)
24           ^ 3 The Mariners, winners of 6 in a row, swept the woeful Astros over the weekend.  They’re still in sell mode, and open a 7 game homestand tonight against the Indians.
22. New York Mets (43-51)
22            – Jeremy Hefner and the Mets were roughed up Friday night, but the team rebounded to take 2 of 3 from Philadelphia over the weekend.  Matt Harvey was dominant yesterday, and Marlon Byrd hit his 17th home run of the year.
23. Toronto Blue Jays (45-52) 17           – 6 After Toronto closed the first half by going 7-13, they were swept by the Rays at home in their first series after the break.  Things don’t get any easier for the Blue Jays today, as they welcome the red hot Dodgers to Toronto for a 3 game set.
24. Chicago Cubs (43-53)
23           – 1 The Cubs were on the verge of sending Matt Garza to the Rangers for 4 prospects (including Mike Olt), but the deal hit the snag over the weekend.  It’s now being reported that there are several other teams involved.  Garza is scheduled to start for the Cubs tonight.
25. Minnesota Twins (41-54)
25            – Minnesota’s pitching has been brutal this year.  They’re last in the majors in quality starts, and second to last in ERA, BAA, and WHIP.
26. San Diego Padres (43-56) 26            – The Padres, who are 3-7 over their last 10 games, suffered a crushing loss yesterday when Allen Craig robbed what would’ve been a two out game tying home run in the 9th inning in St. Louis.
27. Milwaukee Brewers (41-56)
27            – The Brewers, who swept and shut out Miami 3 straight over the weekend, may be able to dig out of their hole a bit.  Their next 11 games are against San Diego, Colorado, and the Cubs.
28. Chicago White Sox (39-56) 28            – Chicago’s road record (18-34) is what has made their overall record go from mediocre to putrid (they’re just a game under .500 at home).
29. Miami Marlins (35-61)
29            –
Like Houston, Miami was swept to begin the second half.  Even worse, the Marlins were shut out in all 3 games.
30. Houston Astros (33-64)

30            – The Astros, who were swept by Seattle over the weekend, have given up a whopping 520 runs (the most in baseball). That’s 65 more runs than the next closest team (San Diego)

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