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MLB Power Rankings: Week 24

Jase Bandelow and Eric Luchetti

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Posted September 18, 2012 03:53 AM EDT

The Rangers are on top and the Nationals face a tough schedule. See where each team is ranked as the season nears its frantic finish.

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

87-59 1 1/5
The Rangers took care of business against the Indians and Mariners last week, and then locked up Colby Lewis for 2013 on Monday.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

89-57 1 1/18
The Nationals’ remaining schedule is no joke, matching up against four teams who are all jockeying for the postseason (LAD, MIL, PHI, STL). Could the weekend sweep at the hands of the Braves come back to haunt the Nats?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
3

88-59 - 1/22
The Reds have switched around the starting rotation and have given flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman a week off in preparation for October baseball. Ahh, the benefits of holding a double-digit lead in the division.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

84-63 - 3/18
Chipper Jones compared Kris Medlen to Greg Maddux, saying "He's the closest thing I've seen to Maddux for the simple fact that he's got the devastating changeup.” That’s quite the compliment.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

84-62 - 4/28
The A’s face a grueling 10-game road trip against Detroit, New York and Texas that will determine their postseason fate.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

82-64 - 1/29
The Orioles’ victory on Sunday clinched their first .500 season since 1997, when Davey Johnson led the Birds to the division title.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

83-63 - 4/16
With the Giants a virtual lock for the postseason, Barry Zito is doing everything in his power to make sure he is not left off the playoff roster this time around.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
8

83-63 - 1/11
The Yankees took four of six last week against Boston and Tampa to hold onto first in the East … for now.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
9

80-67 1 2/25
Albert Pujols hit his 475th home run on Wednesday, tying him with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 28th all-time. Not bad company.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
10

80-66 2 3/25
A weekend sweep in Minnesota gets the White Sox one step closer to the AL Central title.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
11

77-69 2 1/21
Miguel Cabrera hit .407 with three bombs and seven RBI en route to AL Player of the Week, but the Tigers still can’t seem to gain ground on the White Sox.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
12

74-72 5 12/25
Wily Peralta, ladies and gentleman. The 23-year-old has improved with each start since being called up on Sept. 4 and gives hope to the future of the Brewers rotation.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
13

78-68 4 1/15
Losing two of three to the Yankees in the Bronx pushed the Rays further back in the East, but the club was greeted by supportive fans at the airport upon returning. That might just be the spark they need.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
14

73-74 1 5/27
Dropping three games to the worst team in baseball is no good, but Roy Halladay keeps it in perspective: "If we let three games get the best of us, we wouldn't be where we are right now."
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

77-70 1 2/19
Perfect timing? The Cardinals have nine games with the two worst clubs in the National League, playing Houston six times and Chicago three. Oh, and Chris Carpenter is set to join the starting rotation. So there is that.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
16

76-71 5 1/19
In a tight race for the second wild card position, losing Clayton Kershaw hurts. But if Andre Ethier can continue his September tear, the offense could possibly carry them through.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
17

73-72 1 5/27
The Buccos decided to pull James McDonald from the starting rotation and insert rookie Kyle McPherson. Too bad they can’t clone Wandy Rodriguez, who has been fantastic of late.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
18

72-74 - 4/22
Can the D-backs capitalize on a favorable schedule to close out the season and claim the second wild card position?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

71-76 2 19/30
The friendly confines of Petco Park? The Padres boast a 9-1 series record at home since the All-Star break.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
20

66-79 1 7/25
Spoiler alert: John Farrell’s Jays might be out of it, but they have a chance to play spoiler as 14 of their remaining 17 games are against AL East foes battling for the playoffs.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

70-77 1 18/26
“The Bartender,” Tom Wilhelmsen has been nearly automatic at the back-end of the bullpen, including three more saves last week. Could Semisonic’s “Closing Time” ever be more relevant?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
22

65-82 2 6/26
After his win on Friday, Jacob Turner, 21, became the youngest pitcher in baseball history to log wins for both National League and American League teams in the same season.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
23

66-80 1 5/27
Can R.A. Dickey get to the 20-win mark? That’s about the only thing worth talking about when it comes to the Mets at this point.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
24

66-80 1 13/29
Kelvin Herrera continues to pitch well out of the bullpen in September for the Royals. The young righty is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his first nine appearances this month.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
25

66-81 - 10/26
For the second consecutive year, it looks like a September to forget in Beantown. On the bright side, they did win three games last week.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
26

58-88 2 24/30
Anthony Rizzo continues to prove that he is the real deal for the Cubbies while Alfonso Soriano quietly reached the century mark in RBI.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
27

60-87 - 22/30
Matt Capps, out since July 16 with shoulder inflammation, joined the Twins’ instructional league team last week, in hopes of a return to the bigs as early as Sept. 24.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

61-86 2 6/29
It has been quite a fall from grace and optimism in Cleveland during the second half. At one time considered contenders, the Indians have the worst winning percentage in the AL since the All-Star break.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
29

58-87 - 16/29
Chris Nelson is crushing the ball while the starting rotation could get a morale boost with the return of Jorge de la Rosa, who last pitched for the Rockies on May 24, 2011, before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
30

48-99 - 22/30
Is there any other manager out there who is having more fun with extended rosters than Tony DeFrancesco?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

 

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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 72 52
Yankees 63 60
Blue Jays 64 62
Rays 61 64
Red Sox 56 69

Central Division

TEAM W L
Royals 70 55
Tigers 67 56
Indians 63 61
White Sox 59 67
Twins 55 69

Western Division

TEAM W L
Angels 74 50
Athletics 74 51
Mariners 68 57
Astros 53 73
Rangers 48 77

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 71 53
Braves 66 60
Marlins 63 62
Mets 59 68
Phillies 55 71

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 71 55
Cardinals 68 57
Pirates 64 62
Reds 61 65
Cubs 55 70

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 71 56
Giants 65 59
Padres 58 66
Diamondbacks 53 73
Rockies 49 76