MLB POWER RANKINGS

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 26

Eric Luchetti and Jase Bandelow

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Posted October 02, 2012 04:54 AM EDT

Who's hot and who's not as teams turn their attention to the postseason ... and the offseason.

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New York Mets

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Boston Red Sox

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

66-71 - 1/22
Manager Dusty Baker was back on the job Monday when the Reds opened the final series of the year in St. Louis. NLDS preview?
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2

78-58 1 1/18
Bryce Harper looks as good as he has all season after a big weekend in St. Louis, which could bode well for the Nationals in the playoffs.
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3

72-66 1 3/18
The Braves have to like their chances at winning the wild-card game as long as Kris Medlen takes the mound. Atlanta has won a major-league record 23 straight games the right-hander has started.
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4

53-84 2 1/5
The Rangers clinched their third consecutive postseason berth Sunday, but it wasn’t without a scare: Both Adrian Beltre and Michael Young left the game with injuries, but both were back in the lineup Monday.
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5

79-57 2 1/29
Losing two to the Blue Jays was much easier to swallow when the Orioles followed that with four straight wins and clinched their first postseason berth since 1997. But Monday's loss left them with an uphill climb to the AL East crown.
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6

75-63 1 4/16
The Giants will use the final games of the season to get their focus back after manager Bruce Bochy voiced his concern that the team has played sloppily since clinching the NL West title.
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7

70-65 1 1/11
The Yankees are in the postseason, but can they get anything done with a questionable starting rotation? CC Sabathia's start on Monday makes that possibility a bit more promising.
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8

79-58 - 4/28
No doubt the A’s got an emotional lift when Brandon McCarthy rejoined the club for the first time since his frightening head injury this past weekend, as they went out on Monday and claimed the franchise's first playoff berth since 2006.
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9

67-71 1 1/15
The Rays are the hottest team in baseball right now, but a repeat of last season’s miracle Game 162 is not in the cards, as Tampa Bay was eliminated with the A's win on Monday.
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10

83-53 1 2/25
Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have put up MVP-type numbers and Jered Weaver has a Cy Young-worthy resume, but those weren't enough to get the Angels into the postseason.
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11

74-63 - 2/19
For the Cardinals, it is all about getting the big bats in their lineup back on track. Because as good as Pete Kozma has been lately, he could use some help.
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12

75-62 2 1/21
Having now clinched the AL Central, the Tigers — and the rest of us — get to see if Miguel Cabrera can wrap up the Triple Crown.
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13

77-61 2 1/19
Adrian Gonzalez is riding a hot streak, the Dodgers’ pitching as a whole is riding high, and the team is riding a six-game winning streak. Will it be enough?
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14

62-75 1 3/25
GM Ken Williams seemed to have made all the right moves, but in the end, the White Sox coughed up a postseason berth with a poor September (11-17).
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15

73-64 3 12/25
Losing two of three to the woeful Astros, huh? What a rough way to be eliminated from playoff contention.
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16

57-80 - 4/22
Hey Kirk Gibson, what are you going to do now? “We’ll watch, we’ll learn and we’ll reload.” Well said.
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17

63-74 - 5/27
Hey Cole Hamels! Are you going to watch the postseason games? “Probably if I’m bored,” he said. “I think when you don’t make it, you have a sense of bitterness. You really don’t want to follow it as closely.”
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18

71-66 - 5/27
It’s hard to believe the Pirates were 63-47 on Aug. 8 yet will wind up with another losing season. But hey, if you are going to hit the 20-mark for consecutive losing seasons, you might as well do it in style.
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19

65-71 - 19/30
The Padres finished with a 25-12 record at Petco Park after the All-Star break, the best second-half home record in franchise history. Hooray, Friars!
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20

64-74 3 5/27
R.A. Dickey’s .769 winning percentage is the fourth-highest ever for a pitcher on a sub-.500 team. Is the Cy Young award set to spend a year in New York?
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21

73-63 1 18/26
The Mariners have to be glad to turn the calendar after finishing September with their worst monthly record this season (9-17).
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22

75-61 2 13/29
Starting pitching has to be the focus this offseason as the Royals rotation finished September with an atrocious 5.07 ERA and 6-12 record.
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23

69-67 1 7/25
The Blue Jays’ season started off with so much promise, but now they are just hoping to avoid their first 90-loss season since 2004.
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24

70-65 3 6/29
The Manny Acta era (214-266 in three seasons) officially came to a close last week as the Tribe fired their skipper with just six games left in the season.
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25

60-77 4 10/26
Bobby V’s first season in Beantown has been a disaster, leading to a third straight October without a postseason.
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26

67-69 1 6/26
Imagine the numbers Giancarlo Stanton would have put up if he didn’t miss 39 games because of injury. Shoulda, coulda, woulda for Miami all around.
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27

60-77 1 22/30
The Twins won just twice last week and find themselves again battling to climb out of the cellar in the AL Central.
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28

55-83 1 16/29
Perhaps the Rockies are taking the whole “day of rest” thing a little too far. After finishing 5-22 on Sundays this season, Colorado is 11-40 on that day over the past two seasons.
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29

62-76 1 24/30
If the Cubs lose one of the first two games in their final series against the Astros, fans would be treated to a game between teams with at least 100 losses for the first time since the Mets and Cubs met in 1962! The excitement!
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30

59-79 - 22/30
See Cubs description above.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 79 57
Yankees 70 65
Blue Jays 69 67
Rays 67 71
Red Sox 60 77

Central Division

TEAM W L
Royals 75 61
Tigers 75 62
Indians 70 65
White Sox 62 75
Twins 60 77

Western Division

TEAM W L
Angels 83 53
Athletics 79 58
Mariners 73 63
Astros 59 79
Rangers 53 84

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 78 58
Braves 72 66
Marlins 67 69
Mets 64 74
Phillies 63 74

Central Division

TEAM W L
Cardinals 74 63
Brewers 73 64
Pirates 71 66
Reds 66 71
Cubs 62 76

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 77 61
Giants 75 63
Padres 65 71
Diamondbacks 57 80
Rockies 55 83