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MLB Power Rankings: Week 20


Everything stayed pretty much status quo this week – the biggest jump was 3 spots and the largest drop was 4.

Here are the rankings for Week 20:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. Atlanta Braves (76-48)
1                 – With a 16 game lead in the N.L. East, the Braves could actually start to formulate their playoff rotation.
2. Detroit Tigers (73-51)
2                 – The Tigers have the best run differential in baseball (+155), the incredible Max Scherzer, the off the charts ridiculous Miguel Cabrera, and a 6.5 game lead on the Indians in the A.L. Central.
3. Boston Red Sox (74-53)
4                ^ 1 Boston, who shut out the Giants last night, are continuing to battle with the Rays (who are a game out) for A.L. East supremacy.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates (73-51)
3                – 1 The Pirates have gone 3-7 over their last 10 games as their lead in the division has shrunk to a single game.  They defeated San Diego last night, and will look to benefit from their easy upcoming schedule (9 games against the Padres, Giants, and Brewers).
5. St. Louis Cardinals (72-52)
6                ^ 1 The Cardinals have won 3 in a row to close within a game of slumping Pittsburgh for 1st place in the N.L. Central.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (72-52)
7                ^ 1 Los Angeles had to cool off eventually: they’ve lost their last 2 games to the Phillies and Marlins.
7. Texas Rangers (72-53) 5                – 2 The Rangers are 7-3 over their last 10 games, but they’re having a hard time shaking Oakland in the A.L. West (they’re a half game up).
8. Tampa Bay Rays (71-52)



9               ^ 1 The Rays are in firm playoff position, but catching the Red Sox (who they trail by a game in the A.L. East) is obviously their goal.
9. Cincinnati Reds (71-54)
8               – 1 Joey Votto‘s power numbers are down, but he’s having a tremendous year for the likely playoff bound Reds.  His triple slash is .316/.435/.503.
10. Oakland Athletics (71-53) 10              – Oakland continues to lead the 2nd Wild Card in the A.L. while nipping at the heels of the Rangers for 1st place in the A.L. West (they’re a half game back).
11. Baltimore Orioles (67-57) 11              – The Orioles had a 2-5 week, and are now 4 games behind Oakland for the 2nd Wild Card, and 5.5 games behind Boston for 1st place in the A.L. East.  Chris Davis, though, has continued to rake.
12. Cleveland Indians (67-58)
13             – 1 The Indians, who are 4.5 games behind the A’s for the 2nd Wild Card spot, need to fatten up over their next 6 games against the Angels and Twins.
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (64-59) 14            ^ 1 Arizona refuses to give up.  They’re probably not going to catch the Dodgers in the West, but they’re the only team that has an (albeit long) shot of catching either the Cardinals or Reds for one of the Wild Card spots in the N.L.
14. Kansas City Royals (64-59)
12             – 2 The Royals have cooled off after their hot stretch, and now find themselves 6.5 games back of the 2nd Wild Card.  They open a 7 game homestand tonight against the White Sox.
15. New York Yankees (64-59) 15              – The Yankees were extremely fired up after Ryan Dempster threw at A-Rod 4 times in Boston (and connected once), and had a solid week.  Still, they’re 6.5 games back in the race for the 2nd Wild Card and 8 games behind 1st place Boston in the A.L. East.
16. Washington Nationals (60-64)
16              – Barring a remarkable finish to the season (the Nats are 10.5 games out of the 2nd Wild Card), this year’s Washington team will likely go down as one of the most disappointing in recent memory.
17. New York Mets (57-66)
17              – The Mets likely lost starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia for the season (with an injury he was pitching through knowing he’d need minor surgery after the season), but the blow was softened by the arrival of heralded catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud to the majors.
18. Colorado Rockies (58-68)
19             – 1 In what’s shaping up to be another lost season for Colorado, starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has been a bright spot.  He has a 3.24 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
19. Toronto Blue Jays (57-67)
21            ^ 2 Since their 11 game winning streak in the middle of June that many thought would vault the Jays into contention, Toronto has gone 19-31.
20. Seattle Mariners (57-67)
20             – 25 year old third baseman Kyle Seager has had a solid year for the mediocre M’s.  He has a triple slash of .282/.352/.469, and should finish with close to 25 home runs and 40 doubles.
21. Los Angeles Angels (55-69)
21            – 3 With Albert Pujols regressing before his injury and now done for the year with a torn plantar fascia in his foot, the Angels may want to avoid looking directly at what he’s owed over the next 5 seasons: $145 million.
22. San Diego Padres (56-69)
23           ^ 1 The Padres are in the bottom 10 in the bigs in every major offensive and defensive category except quality starts.
23. Chicago Cubs (54-70) 26           ^ 3 The Cubs had a 2-5 week, but move up because their run differential (-39) means they’ve been far more competitive than the teams below them.
24. San Francisco Giants (55-69)
24             – San Francisco’s season from hell has continued.  They have the 6th worst run differential in baseball, and are likely to sink further into the abyss with their next 6 games against Boston and Pittsburgh.
25. Philadelphia Phillies (55-69)
25             – Philadelphia’s roster was flawed from the start, and injuries didn’t help, but their play was dreadful to the point where it cost Charlie Manuel his job last week.  Ryne Sandberg has taken over and been given the interim tag, but it’s widely expected that he’ll be named the full time skipper once the season ends.
26. Minnesota Twins (54-69) 22            – 4 Minnesota’s pitching has been dreadful.  They’re 26th in ERA, 30th in quality starts, 27th in WHIP, and 29th in BAA.  Top prospect Kyle Gibson, who missed most of 2011 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, was sent down to AAA after he was bashed by the Mets yesterday.
27. Milwaukee Brewers (54-71)
27             – Shortstop Jean Segura, hitting .309 with a .343 OBP, is on pace to finish with close to 200 hits (including roughly 50 for extra bases).
28. Chicago White Sox (49-74) 28             – The Sox had a 5-2 week to keep themselves ahead of the Marlins.  That’s not saying much, but it’s something.
29. Miami Marlins (48-75)
29            
Christian Yelich has come on of late but Jake Marisnick (hitting .193 with a .239 OBP) is still in the doldrums.  Jose Fernandez, however, continues to chug right along toward a potential Rookie of the Year award.
30. Houston Astros (41-83)

30             – Now seems like a pretty logical time to reel off some of the players who may go #1 in the 2014 MLB Draft: Carlos Rodon, Jacob Gatewood, Tyler Beede…one of them should be on Houston come next June.

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