Aug 11, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates a three run home run with right fielder Jason Heyward (22)i n the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Power Rankings: Week 19


The Dodgers, Rangers, and Tigers stayed hot, the Rays and Indians stumbled, and a new team rose to the top of the rankings.

Here are the rankings for Week 19:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. Atlanta Braves (72-46)
3                 ^ 2 After winning 14 straight games (the longest streak since the 2002 A’s), the Braves finally lost on Saturday.  The combination of Atlanta’s hot streak and the fact that no other team in their division is at or above .500 has turned the N.L. East race into a joke.  The Braves lead the 2nd place Nats by 14.5 games.
2. Detroit Tigers (69-47)
5                 ^ 3 The Tigers twice tied games off Mariano Rivera over the weekend only to lose anyway.  Fortunately for them, they won the other 5 games they played during the week.  Detroit has a comfortable 7 game lead over the Indians for 1st place in the A.L. Central.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (70-47)
1                  – 2 After opening the week with 3 straight victories, the Pirates were swept by the Rockies in Colorado over the weekend.  Pittsburgh opens a 3 game series in St. Louis against the 2nd place Cardinals tomorrow night.
4. Boston Red Sox (71-49)
2                  – 2 Boston had 3-4 week, but the Rays lost 5 straight, allowing the Sox to extend their lead in the A.L. East to 3 games.
5. Texas Rangers (68-50)
9                 ^ 4
Texas had a 6-0 week to leapfrog the Athletics and land back in 1st place in the A.L. West.
6. St. Louis Cardinals (67-50)
5                  – 1 The Cardinals, who are comfortably leading the N.L. Wild Card race and are 3 games behind the Pirates for 1st place in the N.L. Central, open a 3 game set at home against Pittsburgh tomorrow.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (67-50) 10               ^ 3 Lost a bit in the Dodgers’ remarkable run (they’re 37-8 since June 21st) is the continued dominance of Clayton Kershaw.
8. Oakland Athletics (66-50)



7                 – 1 The Athletics, 3-7 over their last 10, have fallen a game behind the Rangers and into 2nd place in the A.L. West.  They’re currently occupying one of the Wild Card spots in the A.L. (along with the Rays).
9. Tampa Bay Rays (66-50)
4                 – 5 After their hot streak, the Rays had a winless road trip, going 0-5 against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.  Tampa is now 3 games behind the Red Sox for 1st place in the A.L. East, but still leads the Wild Card by 1.5 games.
10. Cincinnati Reds (65-52) 11              ^ 1 The Reds extended their lead for the 2nd Wild Card to 5.5 games, and will look to fatten up this week when they hit the road to face the Cubs and Brewers.
11. Baltimore Orioles (65-52) 12              ^ 1 Baltimore had a 4-1 week to pull within 1.5 games of Oakland and Tampa Bay, who are currently occupying the 2 Wild Card spots in the A.L.
12. Kansas City Royals (61-54)
13              ^ 1 The Royals are hot, having gone 7-3 over their last 10 games to creep within 4.5 games of the 2nd Wild Card spot in the A.L. They face Miami at home for 3 before hitting the road for a 5 game series against Detroit.
13. Cleveland Indians (63-55) 8                – 5 After taking the lead in the race for the 2nd Wild Card in the A.L., Cleveland had a 1-5 week.  They’re now 4 games out in the Wild Card race (behind Oakland and Tampa Bay) and just a half game up on the Royals for 3rd place in the A.L. Central.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (59-57)
15              ^ 1 Arizona has gone 5-8 over their last 13 games to fall 7.5 games behind the Dodgers for first place in the N.L. West and 5.5 games behind the Reds for the 2nd Wild Card.
15. New York Yankees (59-57) 14               – 1 The Yankees (7 games behind Oakland for the 2nd Wild Card), had an odd week that was consumed by Alex Rodriguez, featured 3 straight blown saves by Mariano Rivera, and a series win over the Tigers.
16. Washington Nationals (57-60)
16               – The Nats have won 3 in a row, and will welcome in the struggling Giants for 3 before heading to Atlanta and Chicago (to play the Cubs).  Washington is 8 games behind Cincinnati for the 2nd Wild Card in the N.L.
17. New York Mets (54-61)
23              ^ 6 After losing David Wright and Bobby Parnell to the DL, the Mets responded by having a 5-1 week, which included Matt Harvey‘s first complete game (a shutout).
18. Los Angeles Angels (53-63)
17               – 1 The Angels are close to being hopelessly out of it.  They’re 13 games back in the race for the 2nd Wild Card, and 14 games behind the Rangers for 1st place in the A.L. West.
19. Colorado Rockies (55-64)
21              ^ 2 After losing 9 of 10 games, the Rockies swept red hot Pittsburgh at home over the weekend.
20. Seattle Mariners (54-63)
18               – 2 Catcher Mike Zunino, who has been on the disabled list since July 26th with a fractured hand, is nearing a return.
21. Toronto Blue Jays (54-63)
20               – 1 Starting pitcher Josh Johnson cleared waivers a few days ago, and the Jays are free to deal him to any team if they so choose.
22. Minnesota Twins (52-63)
25              ^ 3 The Twins have gone 7-3 over their last 10 games, but the conversation has already turned to whether or not Minnesota may look to trade Joe Mauer during the offseason.
23. San Diego Padres (53-64) 19               – 4 San Diego had a 1-4 week to fall into 4th place in the N.L. West.  They’re just a game ahead of the Giants, who currently occupy last place.
24. San Francisco Giants (52-65)
22               – 2 Two months ago, the Giants playing so poorly was shocking.  A month ago, it was still a bit surprising.  Now? It’s the norm.
25. Philadelphia Phillies (52-65)
24               – 1 The Phillies had another poor week, but the big news in Philadelphia was the extension signed by Chase Utley.  The second baseman, 34, agreed to a 2 year, $30 million dollar deal.  The contract includes 3 vesting options worth $15 million each.
26. Chicago Cubs (52-65) 26                – The Cubs, who are just 1.5 games up on last place Milwaukee, are in danger of falling into the basement in the N.L. Central.
27. Milwaukee Brewers (51-67)
27                – Carlos Gomez had a scintillating April (his OBP was .415), but has regressed in stark fashion.  His OBP’s by month: .337 in June, .324 in July, .238 so far in August.  He’s also on pace to strike out 155 times.
28. Chicago White Sox (44-72) 29               ^ 1 After losing 10 straight, the Sox swept the Yankees at The Cell before dropping 3 of 4 to Minnesota.
29. Miami Marlins (44-72)
28               - 1
There’s nothing else positive to talk about, so here are Jose Fernandez‘s numbers: 2.58 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .193 BAA, and 143 K’s in 132.2 IP.
30. Houston Astros (37-79)

30                – The Astros closed the week with a 5 game losing streak, and have lost 9 of 10.  They aren’t the ’62 Mets (who had the excuse of being an expansion team), but they’re decidedly putrid.

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