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MLB Power Rankings: Week 21

Jase Bandelow and Eric Luchetti

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Posted August 28, 2012 04:01 AM EDT

Cincinnati takes over the top spot but the margin between the top teams is getting smaller as the season heads toward the final month.

+5

Chicago White Sox

-6

Toronto Blue Jays

FOX SPORTS MLB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

78-52 1 1/22
Losing two of three to the defending World Series champs should remind the Reds that no lead is safe. Can they get hot again and avoid a collapse?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

77-50 1 1/18
Injuries caused the Nationals to be swept at the hands of the Phillies. Luckily the roster should be healthy sooner rather than later.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
3

74-54 - 1/11
CC Sabathia looked sharp in his return from the DL, limiting the Indians to just one run in 7.1 innings pitched.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

76-52 1 1/5
Adrian Beltre definitely earned his AL Player of the Week honors, hitting for the cycle in one game and belting three home runs in another.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

71-56 5 3/25
Addison Reed registered three saves and a win last week as the White Sox swept the Yankees and the Mariners.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

69-60 2 1/19
They got better. A lot better. Does anything else really need to be said?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

73-56 3 3/18
Inconsistency has been a term often used for the Braves this season, but Fredi Gonzalez has a team that can play with anyone when it is clicking.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
8

71-57 1 4/16
Calling up Eli Whiteside gives the Giants some flexibility in making sure Buster Posey gets through the rest of the season and possibly a playoff series.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
9

70-58 3 1/15
In a series that could determine one of the two AL wild-card spots, the Rays lost two of three to the A’s.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
10

70-57 2 4/28
Grant Balfour has been outstanding at the back end of the bullpen since regaining the role on Aug. 11, having closed out seven consecutive opportunities heading into this week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
11

70-57 - 1/29
The addition of Joe Saunders was a nice pick-up. Add that to the fact that lefty Zach Britton has been nearly unhittable in his last two starts heading into this week, and the O’s should feel good about their postseason hopes.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
12

69-58 1 1/21
A huge week for the Tigers, winning five of six. Unfortunately they still lost a half-game on the White Sox in the AL Central.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
13

71-57 1 2/19
Adam Wainwright appears back to his dominant form following Tommy John surgery, as the Cardinals continue a tough road trip through Pittsburgh and DC.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
14

68-60 5 5/27
You have to feel bad for the Pirates, who have tanked since the 19-inning victory in St. Louis.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

66-62 1 2/25
Albert Pujols missed the last four games last week due to a calf injury. If the Angels want to compete for the wild card, they will need a healthy No. 5 back in the lineup.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
16

64-65 1 4/22
Tyler Skaggs had an impressive debut, but the D-backs need a lot if they want to continue to fight for a wild-card spot.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
17

62-67 - 10/26
Let the makeover begin. The Red Sox shipped out Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, the injured Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for James Loney, cash and prospects.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
18

62-67 2 18/26
The Mariners had won eight in a row before running into the buzzsaw that is the Chicago White Sox and getting swept over the weekend.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

61-67 2 5/27
Cliff Lee finally got a W at Citizens Bank Park and the Fightin’ Phils have shown some life since trading away Pence and Victorino.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
20

59-69 2 5/27
GM Sandy Alderson expressed his intention of keeping David Wright and R.A. Dickey in New York for the long term. But will they stay if the Mets continue to lose?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

60-67 4 12/25
The Brewers already have lost more games than they did in all of 2011. Tough 2012 for the beer makers.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
22

60-70 5 19/30
Don’t look now, but the Padres are playing respectable baseball. Still hard to overcome a 19-40 start to go along with 15 different starting pitchers.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
23

58-71 1 6/26
Seeing the Dodgers acquire big names while competing for a playoff spot first-hand had to sting every member of the Marlins front office. Ahhh, what could have been.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
24

56-71 1 13/29
The Royals had been one of the hottest teams in August, that is until they won just two games last week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
25

57-70 6 7/25
The Blue Jays' downward spiral continues, having lost seven in a row heading into this week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
26

52-75 3 16/29
Even with Carlos Gonzalez struggling, the team put together a solid road trip in New York and Chicago.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
27

52-76 1 22/30
It has to be considered a plus when the Twins head to Oakland and Texas for a week and still come away with two wins.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

49-78 - 24/30
Congrats to Chris Volstad, who notched his first victory since July 10, 2011. Hopefully the next one is a little easier.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
29

55-73 5 6/29
The Tribe’s second-half woes continue, having won just one game last week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
30

40-88 - 22/30
Hey Astros fans, you think seeing Roger Clemens pitch in Minute Maid this year would brighten your spirits? Nope. Didn’t think so.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

 

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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Orioles 93 61
Yankees 79 75
Blue Jays 78 76
Rays 75 80
Red Sox 67 88

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 86 68
Royals 83 70
Indians 80 74
White Sox 70 84
Twins 66 88

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Angels 96 59
Athletics 84 70
Mariners 83 71
Astros 68 87
Rangers 61 93

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Nationals 90 64
Braves 76 78
Mets 75 80
Marlins 74 80
Phillies 71 84

Central Division

TEAM W L
Cardinals 87 68
Pirates 83 71
Brewers 80 75
Reds 71 84
Cubs 69 86

Western Division

TEAM W L
y-Dodgers 88 67
Giants 84 70
Padres 73 81
Rockies 64 91
Diamondbacks 62 93