MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

MLB Power Rankings: Week 23

By Shawn Ramsey
Records update; all other stats through Sunday

WEEK#    
Posted September 10, 2013 09:59 AM EDT

+4

Cincinnati Reds

-3

Colorado Rockies

FOX SPORTS MLB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

87-58 3 1/20
Just in time for the stretch, the Red Sox take over with the MLB’s best record -- scoring an impressive 59 runs last week in six games against the Tigers and Yankees.
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2

84-59 1 1/25
The Dodgers have lost four straight, including getting swept over the weekend by the Reds. LA has a chance this week to close in on the NL West title against Arizona with a good series.
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3

83-60 2 1/9
Everyone has heard of Adam Wainwright, but some of the younger arms on the Cardinals pitching staff like Michael Wacha and Joe Kelley have also been lights out this season -- giving the Redbirds a final push to a division crown.
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4

86-57 2 1/10
Going into this week, the Braves' magic number was at nine. With 20 games remaining on their schedule, Atlanta should already be prepping for the postseason.
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5

82-62 2 2/11
Detroit’s losing record last week against the Red Sox and Royals -- which included giving up 36 runs in a span of two games on Wednesday and Friday -- is concerning for a team which usually boasts a good pitching staff.
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6

83-60 1 2/17
With a series win against Texas, along with taking down the Astros last week, Oakland enters the week with a 1.5-game lead over the Rangers in the AL West.
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7

82-63 4 2/13
The Reds are feeling good after sweeping the Dodgers with two-straight walk-off wins last week, leaving Cincinnati in a prime position to sneak away with the NL Central title and avoid a one-game wild-card series.
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8

82-61 2 1/27
Losers of four straight, the Pirates are having problems finding their 82nd win of the season, which would officially give Pittsburgh its first winning season in two decades.
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9

81-62 1 1/14
Texas is slumping at the wrong time, salvaging only one win against the A’s and another from the Angels last week. They lost their grip on the AL West in the process.
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10

78-64 1 2/22
The Rays are sitting in the second wild card spot entering the week, but will need to avoid weeks like the last one to hold onto that spot by season’s end.
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11

77-66 1 4/15
With the power in the lineup, the Orioles often find themselves living and dying by the long ball. Not being able to get hits with runners in scoring position is causing problems for the club.
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12

74-69 - 3/18
Bryce Harper hasn’t been as impressive during his second season in the majors, but injury problems have played a big role in the young star’s stats this year.
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13

77-66 1 5/26
The Indians could have used a sweep against the Mets to help their case for a wild-card berth, but former Cleveland pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka got some revenge Sunday taking a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning.
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14

76-68 1 3/23
Derek Jeter re-injured his surgically repaired ankle, which could leave the Yankees without their captain for possibly the rest of the season and make their postseason hopes even slimmer.
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15

75-69 - 5/26
The Royals still have a legitimate shot at a wild-card berth, but they will be challenged -- their last 19 games include series against the Tigers, Rangers and Indians.
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16

67-76 - 2/26
It has been a rough season overall, but hopefully the Angels can carry their late-season surge into next year.
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17

72-71 - 7/17
Arizona was nearly the victim of a Yusmeiro Petit perfect game Friday night in San Francisco. The same Petit who wasn’t able to cut it on the Diamondbacks’ roster a few seasons back.
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18

66-77 3 12/27
After three weeks on the job as the interim manager of the Phillies, Ryne Sandberg is making his case to stick around by leading the team to a 13-10 record under his watch.
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19

65-79 1 1/23
Yusmeiro Petit’s near-perfecto Friday night gave Giants fans something to cheer about despite the lost season. Too bad he couldn’t finish it out with two outs in the ninth inning.
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20

65-79 1 17/27
Felix Hernandez has been scratched from Wednesday’s start, leaving some worried about their star pitcher. But being out of contention will mean the former Cy Young winner can get extra rest to prepare for next season.
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21

65-77 1 12/29
Huston Street has gone 14-for-14 in save opportunities and has allowed just one earned run in 23 1/3 innings and striking out 22 batters over his past 23 appearances.
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22

67-76 1 8/27
The Blue Jays are experiencing one of their best stretches in an otherwise disappointing season, thanks mainly to the pitching rotation. Too bad it is coming a little too late for Toronto to play into October.
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23

66-79 3 4/23
Michael Cuddyer, who is entering the week with a .328 batting average, is trying to overtake Chris Johnson (.330) of the Braves for the NL batting title.
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24

62-80 1 15/30
The Brewers’ season was done early after a disastrous month of May. But since the All-Star break, Milwaukee has played near .500 baseball even with the younger players on the current roster.
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25

61-82 1 20/28
In the final few weeks of the season, the Cubs are set to face Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, and could play a big role in how the division is laid out for the postseason despite being out of it themselves.
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26

64-78 1 16/29
The Mets' favorable schedule for the rest of the final month could put some excitement in an organization that desperately needs something good to root for after losing several stars to injuries.
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27

62-80 1 19/27
Scott Diamond was demoted to Triple-A in August and now will get the chance to have a presence on the big-league level again after going 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA in the minors.
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28

53-89 1 27/30
Jose Fernandez was nearly unhittable on Friday night against the Nationals. His no-hit bid was ended in the sixth inning, but the 21-year-old still bolstered his case to win the National League Rookie of they Year award.
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29

58-85 1 14/29
The White Sox finally ended a nine-game losing streak with a win over the Orioles on Sunday; the club’s first in the month of September.
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30

48-96 - 28/30
Starting pitcher Jarred Cosart has probably been the most exciting player on the Astros roster this season. Entering the week, the 23-year-old rookie has posted a 2.13 ERA over nine starts and allowed only three home runs.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Orioles 92 60
Yankees 77 74
Blue Jays 77 74
Rays 74 79
Red Sox 66 86

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 84 68
Royals 83 68
Indians 78 73
White Sox 69 83
Twins 65 87

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Angels 95 57
Athletics 83 68
Mariners 81 70
Astros 67 85
Rangers 59 92

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Nationals 87 64
Braves 76 76
Marlins 74 77
Mets 73 80
Phillies 70 82

Central Division

TEAM W L
Cardinals 84 68
Pirates 81 70
Brewers 79 73
Reds 71 82
Cubs 68 84

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 86 66
Giants 84 68
Padres 70 81
Diamondbacks 62 90
Rockies 61 91