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MLB Power Rankings: Week 22

Jase Bandelow and Eric Luchetti

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Posted September 04, 2012 07:58 AM EDT

The Reds stay on top and welcome back a big bat for the stretch run. See where every team is at as the season nears its frantic finish.

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Oakland Athletics

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Chicago White Sox

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

82-54 - 1/22
He isn’t a ‘September call-up’ but Joey Votto’s return to the big club this month gives a big boost to the already surging Reds.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

80-54 2 1/5
Derek Holland is finding his mark at the perfect time for the Rangers. And how about the tear Adrian Beltre is on?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
3

82-52 1 1/18
Stephen Strasburg on getting shut down: "I am going to fight with him to the end. That is all I got to say." So maybe there is hope for the Nationals?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

76-58 6 4/28
Moneyball 2: Billy Beane Rises! Now playing in select cities. Check your local listings.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

76-58 2 1/11
The return of Alex Rodriguez helps a banged-up Yankees lineup that will try and hold off the surging Orioles down the stretch.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

77-58 2 4/16
Chicks dig small-ball? Ehh, sounds weird and probably won’t catch on, but the Giants continue to produce runs without relying on the home run.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

75-59 4 1/29
The fighting Showalters had the best winning percentage in the majors in the month of August. Not too shabby!
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
8

76-59 1 3/18
The Braves picked a bad time for an offensive slump. Do they not remember September of last season?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
9

73-63 3 1/19
It is amazing to think Matt Kemp could go 89 plate appearances between home runs, but he did.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
10

74-61 1 1/15
Joe Maddon, take it away: "Absolutely, no doubt we can catch the Yankees. We've got to catch Baltimore first."
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
11

73-61 6 3/25
The good news for the Sox is that Gavin Floyd has resumed baseball activities. The bad news is that by the time he is ready to return, the Tigers could be alone in first place.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
12

72-62 - 1/21
It appears to be all systems go in Detroit as Justin Verlander and the Tigers have set their sights on postseason baseball.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
13

72-63 2 2/25
Seven games against the A’s in 10 days. Essentially, Moneyball vs Moneyball. Who would have thought in spring training that this stretch could determine the Angels season?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
14

73-62 1 2/19
The defending champs avoided disaster when Yadier Molina was trucked by the Pirates Josh Harrison, but could not escape a season-ending injury to Rafael Furcal.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

70-64 1 5/27
The Pirates are in their first pennant race in 15 years, and have decided to insert rookie left-hander Jeff Locke into the starting rotation. Bold move, Buccos.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
16

65-70 3 5/27
The Phillies still believe they can make the playoffs, but serving up walk-off home runs to Chipper Jones and the Braves can’t help team morale.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
17

65-69 4 12/25
Ryan Braun continues to play like an MVP as the Brewers inch closer to playing .500 baseball.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
18

64-71 2 5/27
The starting pitching behind Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey continues to be a bright spot for the boys from Queens.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

66-70 1 18/26
If King Felix doesn’t win the Cy Young award, he can thank the Los Angeles Angels. Hernandez is 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts against the Halos this season.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
20

66-70 4 4/22
"There's no sense sugarcoating things -- we've got ourselves in this situation where we are going to have to play better than we've played all year long at any point in time." -- Willie Bloomquist. Well put.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

62-74 1 19/30
The Padres have three of the hottest hitters in the major leagues -- third baseman Chase Headley and outfielders Will Venable and Cameron Maybin.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
22

60-74 3 7/25
Remember when Ricky Romero started out the season 8-1? Neither does Ricky Romero, who dropped his 12th consecutive decision last week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
23

62-74 6 10/26
Dugout dustups. A manager who has every move questioned. Losses mounting. 2012: A truly forgettable season in Beantown.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
24

60-75 1 6/26
The Marlins move to a six-man rotation in order to keep newly acquired starting pitcher Jacob Turner from throwing too many innings and risking an injury.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
25

60-74 1 13/29
That old saying about good teams needing to beat teams they are supposed to beat? Yeah, well the Royals are 8-23 against last-place AL clubs this season.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
26

55-80 1 22/30
Chris Parmelee has raked since returning to the big club, which is a good sign since the first baseman struggled after winning the job out of spring training.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
27

55-78 1 16/29
Jhoulys Chacin became the first Rockies starter in a span of 76 games to pitch seven innings, thus proving it is still hard to believe the four-man rotation was implemented.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

57-78 1 6/29
Manny Acta sums it up: "We had such a bad month that even if we won 10 games in a row, people would say, 'You've only won 10 of your last 30.'"
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
29

51-83 1 24/30
Alfonso Soriano has at least 25 home runs in four consecutive seasons for the Cubs. Keeping it positive for a team that is on pace to lose 100 games.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
30

42-93 - 22/30
Is it possible to have Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell pitch every home game all season? No? OK, never mind.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

 

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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 73 53
Yankees 64 61
Blue Jays 65 62
Rays 62 65
Red Sox 56 71

Central Division

TEAM W L
Royals 70 56
Tigers 68 57
Indians 64 62
White Sox 59 68
Twins 56 70

Western Division

TEAM W L
Angels 76 50
Athletics 74 52
Mariners 68 58
Astros 54 74
Rangers 49 77

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 73 53
Braves 67 61
Marlins 63 63
Mets 60 68
Phillies 56 71

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 71 56
Cardinals 69 57
Pirates 65 62
Reds 61 67
Cubs 56 72

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 72 57
Giants 67 59
Padres 59 67
Diamondbacks 53 75
Rockies 50 76