MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

MLB Power Rankings: 21

Regular season

By Shawn Ramsey

WEEK#    
Posted August 25, 2014 08:25 PM EDT

+4

Chicago Cubs

-6

Chicago White Sox

FOX SPORTS MLB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

77-52 - 1/19
Josh Hamilton is heating up just in time for the Angels. He has eight RBI in his last five games, including driving in three runs Sunday to help lift his team past Oakland to avoid a sweep and retake sole possession of first place.
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2

76-53 - 1/10
Despite winning the series, the A’s are technically the second-best team after Sunday’s loss to the Angels. But in reality, these two teams are neck-and-neck as baseball’s best. Seven games left between the two could decide it.
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3

75-54 1 2/14
The red-hot Nationals are 12-1 in their last 13 games en route to the NL’s best record. Washington flexed its offensive power Sunday, rallying from a 5-0 hole to win the game 14-6 behind 18 hits.
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4

72-57 1 4/24
Excellent pitching paired with the ability to score runs; the Royals are 17-5 in August entering the week and with 20 of their last 26 games at home, Kansas City appears to be the new favorite to win the AL Central.
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5

74-58 3 2/12
The Dodgers hope to pad their NL West lead with games against the Padres and Diamondbacks this week. LA gets Hanley Ramirez back from the DL who’s batting .274 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI in 101 games this season.
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6

73-55 3 2/21
The Orioles ran into a Cubs’ pitching staff that was lights-out in a weekend sweep in Chicago. Chris Davis’ rough patch in August could cause concern as he is hitting .149 in 74 at-bats for the month.
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7

71-58 1 6/25
Trailing the Angels in the AL West by six games entering the week, could the Mariners make a surprise move in the standings with a healthy roster at their disposal?
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8

72-58 1 1/22
The Brewers only two wins last week came in games started by Mike Fiers who has a 1.29 ERA in 28 innings in four outings since replacing injured starter Matt Garza.
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9

70-59 2 1/11
Justin Masterson was brought in from the Indians to help give the Cardinals more pitching depth down the stretch, but with a 7.43 ERA in five starts for St. Louis, the change of scenery hasn’t helped the righty.
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10

70-59 1 1/10
Detroit managed to keep pace behind the Royals last week going 4-3, but in order to regain first in the division, the Tigers will need their pitching at full strength after allowing 32 runs in two games last week against Minnesota.
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11

67-63 1 7/27
Gregory Polanco had a promising start to his MLB career with an 11-game hitting streak, but has watched his stats decline since, resulting in the Pirates opting to move him back to the minors temporarily.
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12

68-63 2 2/18
Washington’s recent hot streak has put the Braves behind eight games in the division. Atlanta, as of Monday, is on the outside looking in for the second wild-card spot in the NL sitting one game behind the Giants.
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13

66-63 2 11/26
Back-to-back series wins against the Twins and Astros last week have the Indians playing three games over .500 for the first time this season entering the week.
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14

68-61 - 1/16
Tim Lincecum is 1-3 with a 9.49 ERA in his last six starts and is facing being pulled from the rotation in favor of long reliever Yusmeiro Petit for Thursday’s start.
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15

64-66 2 1/30
The Rays faced their former ace David Price in a Tigers uniform last week and picked up the win despite the lefty pitching an incredible one-hit, complete game against his former teammates.
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16

67-61 - 8/18
The Yankees recovered from a series loss to the Astros by picking up a sweep against the White Sox to remain in the hunt for the second wild-card spot in the AL.
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17

66-64 - 3/22
After playing great baseball prior to the All-Star break, the Blue Jays are struggling to keep above .500. They sit just two games above the mark entering the week.
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18

64-65 - 11/28
With a spectacular month of August with a 1.109 OPS and hitting .329, Giancarlo Stanton could be on his way to the NL MVP if he keeps things up through the final month of the regular season.
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19

63-68 - 10/22
The Reds snapped their seven-game losing streak over the weekend, but are likely too far out to reach the playoffs thanks to an offense that has underperformed this season.
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20

61-70 3 15/27
Bartolo Colon could be moved before Sunday’s waiver trade deadline. Despite possibly losing him for next season, the Mets have a great rotation in the works featuring Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Dillon Gee for ’15.
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21

58-72 3 18/29
Scoring a combined 32 runs in back-to-back games against the Tigers last week, the Twins appear to be thriving in the role of spoiler. Can they derail the streaking Royals this week?
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22

58-72 4 21/30
The Cubs’ team ERA in August is 3.07 after Tsuyoshi Wada and three relievers held the Orioles to just one hit Sunday to complete a sweep. Despite being in last place in the division, the future is looking promising in Chicago.
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23

60-69 1 20/30
Bud Black earned his 600th win as the Padres manager with a win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.
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24

58-72 3 19/29
After surrendering four or more earned runs in three straight starts, A.J. Burnett hinted he might not pick up his option for next season opting hang up his cleats.
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25

55-76 - 22/30
While his .227 batting average and 142 strikeouts aren’t ideal, Chris Carter has been a power force for the Astros with 30 homers on the season, 11 of which have come after the All-Star break, the most in the majors in the span.
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26

59-71 6 17/26
With a six-game losing streak entering the week, the White Sox are a season-worst 12 games under .500 with the offense hitting a wall in recent games.
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27

56-74 6 3/27
After Sunday’s loss to the Mariners, the Red Sox are losers of eight straight games. David Ortiz was banged up over the weekend, and Xander Bogaerts was placed on the seven-day concussion DL. What more could go wrong?
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28

52-77 1 5/29
For the third time this season, Michael Cuddyer heads to the disabled list, this time with a strained left hamstring. He has played in 34 games and is hitting .331 with six home runs and 19 RBI.
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29

55-76 1 18/30
The Diamondbacks will be taking a long look at their September pitching call-ups opting to use a six-man rotation as they try to revamp for next season.
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30

50-79 - 3/30
Missing all season due to a knee injury, Derek Holland had a setback with back spasms during a 30-day rehab assignment but will make his sixth and final minor-league start Thursday before a possible return to Texas.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Orioles 96 66
Yankees 84 78
Blue Jays 83 79
Rays 77 85
Red Sox 71 91

Central Division

TEAM W L
x-Tigers 90 72
y-Royals 89 73
Indians 85 77
White Sox 73 89
Twins 70 92

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Angels 98 64
y-Athletics 88 74
Mariners 87 75
Astros 70 92
Rangers 67 95

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Nationals 96 66
Braves 79 83
Mets 79 83
Marlins 77 85
Phillies 73 89

Central Division

TEAM W L
x-Cardinals 90 72
y-Pirates 88 74
Brewers 82 80
Reds 76 86
Cubs 73 89

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Dodgers 94 68
y-Giants 88 74
Padres 77 85
Rockies 66 96
Diamondbacks 64 98