FOXSports.com MLB power rankings
AUG 13, 2013 3:16p ET
1 Braves 72-47 +4
The Braves were stopped short of a 15th straight win after a wild pitch caused them to lose for the first time since July 25, but 14 in a row is noteworthy enough.
2 Tigers 69-48 +2
The Tigers had a 12-game winning streak until the Yankees ended it in extra innings on Friday. Miguel Cabrera continues to tear the cover off the ball, hitting four homers in five games last week.
3 Red Sox 71-49 -2
A lot has been said of David Ortiz’s hot bat this season, but Jacoby Ellsbury is quietly putting together his own good season, including going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a stolen base Saturday against the Royals.
4 Pirates 70-47 -1
The Pirates got their 70th win Thursday with a victory against the Marlins, but then got swept out of Colorado. Pittsburgh will need to right the ship quickly as it gets set to play three in St. Louis.
5 Dodgers 68-50 +3
The Dodgers entered the week with only three losses since the All-Star break, after looking to be dead in June.
6 Rangers 69-50 +4
Even before the Rangers acquired Alex Rios in a post-deadline deal, Texas looked to have shaken off the rust. Texas won 12 of 13 games entering the week to steal back first place in the AL West.
7 Rays 66-50 -5
After streaking to second in last week’s rankings, the Rays lost five straight to fall three games back of the Red Sox.
8 Athletics 67-50 -2
Oakland has lost a six-game lead in the division to the Rangers. Should be a good race to the end.
9 Cardinals 67-50 -2
Considering how far the Cardinals have fallen since Yadier Molina went down, it would be safe to say the All-Star catcher is the team’s MVP.
10 Orioles 65-53 +1
Chris Davis slammed his 42nd home run of the season Saturday against the Giants, and Bud Norris has pitched very well in his starts to give the Orioles some much needed pitching help.
11 Royals 62-54 +2
The Royals didn’t make any significant moves at the deadline, but they aren’t looking like they needed it with the strong play in the second half.
12 Reds 66-52
After being out with a right shoulder injury for four months, Ryan Ludwick made his return to the Reds on Saturday. The Reds are hoping he can help them make a late push to the playoffs.
13 Indians 63-56 -4
The Indians' roller-coaster season continues with only one win in their last seven games after looking to be right on the heels of the Tigers in the division just a couple weeks back.
14 Diamondbacks 60-57 +1
One of the Diamondbacks' hottest hitters, Cody Ross, was carted off the field during Sunday’s game. Arizona’s postseason chances might be on the DL with him.
15 Nationals 57-60 +1
Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 to cap the Nationals’ sweep of the Phillies on Sunday, but at 14.5 games back in the division and eight back in the wild-card race, it could be too little, too late.
16 Yankees 60-57 -2
Alex Rodriguez is back – most likely temporarily – in New York, but the real story this week is Mariano Rivera’s three consecutive blown saves for the first time in his career.
17 Angels 53-64 +1
Before the Angels took two of three from Cleveland over the weekend, they fell victim to the red-hot Rangers once again, this time getting swept at home.
18 Mariners 54-63 -1
Felix Hernandez is leading the American League with a 2.28 ERA entering the week and is second in the league with 178 strikeouts as he continues his usual dominance for the Mariners.
19 Twins 53-63 +2
the Twins hit 11 home runs in a weekend four-game series against the White Sox in Chicago.
20 Padres 53-65 -1
The Padres experienced another big offensive setback to go with Everth Cabrera’s suspension after placing Carlos Quentin on the disabled list on Saturday.
21 Cubs 52-66 +3
The Cubs got to visit their biggest rivals just at the right time, taking two of three from the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend for some feel-good points on the season.
22 Rockies 56-64
Colorado picked up a surprising sweep of the first-place Pirates over the weekend, but the Rockies will need more than just one sweep of a good team to pull them out of the hole they have dug for themselves.
23 Giants 52-65
With Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum both having off-years, Madison Bumgarner is leading San Francisco in most pitching categories.
24 Blue Jays 54-64 +1
R.A. Dickey picked up his ninth win of the season Monday and Mark Buehrle notched his eighth Saturday as two of the big pitching acquisitions of the Blue Jays continue to improve.
25 Mets 54-62 +1
Mets rookie pitcher Zack Wheeler did not walk a batter for the first time all season in his win over the Diamondbacks Saturday, leading to hopes of a brighter future in Queens.
26 Phillies 53-65 -6
The Phillies are spinning out of control as even the Mets passed them in the division last week. They'll try to pull out of their dive before they end up in the NL East cellar behind the lowly Marlins.
27 Brewers 51-67
No Ryan Braun? No problem. The Brewers scored 10 runs in two straight wins over Seattle on Friday and Saturday before being stopped cold in a scoreless effort against Felix Hernandez on Sunday.
28 White Sox 45-72 +1
Alex Rios was shipped off to the Rangers last week, and the rebuilding process is looking like it is officially on in the south side of Chicago.
29 Marlins 44-73 -1
The Marlins did manage to end the Braves’ 14-game winning streak Saturday, even if it was more like Atlanta handed them the win after a wild pitch scored Miami’s only run in a 1-0 game.
30 Astros 37-80
With Jose Veras and Bud Norris gone from Houston, the Astros' pitching staff is struggling even more to keep opponents in reach.