MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

MLB Power Rankings: 20

Regular season

By Shawn Ramsey

WEEK#    
Posted August 18, 2014 05:10 PM EDT

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Kansas City Royals

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Los Angeles Dodgers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

76-50 2 1/19
The Angels finally pounced on the opportunity to unseat the division-leading A’s last week. With 10 games remaining between the two, the AL West race will be fun to watch.
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2

74-52 1 1/9
Despite having the most wins in the majors, the A’s fall to second in the AL West on percentage points after a season-worst five-game losing streak entering the week.
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3

73-52 1 2/21
Manny Machado lands on the 15-day DL right when the Orioles need him the most. He is hitting .278 with 12 homers and 32 RBI in 82 games this season.
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4

73-53 1 3/14
The Nationals have been on a roll since the All-Star break, entering the week with a .621 win percentage since, best in the National League in the span. Washington is also riding a season-high six-game winning streak.
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5

70-56 4 5/24
The Royals’ hot streak continues, with the team taking the top spot in the AL Central from the Tigers. Will they maintain the high level of play to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 29 years?
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6

68-58 1 6/25
After another solid week, the Mariners are holding one of the two wild card positions in the AL. At 5.5 games back in the AL West, Seattle could be a player in the division as well if things play out the right way.
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7

71-56 3 1/22
Wily Peralta didn’t get the run support he needed early in the season, but now the Brewers are averaging 6.1 runs in his starts since June 1, giving him an 11-2 record since.
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8

72-57 4 2/12
The Dodgers get swept for the first time in a series of at least three games after a visit from the Brewers over the weekend. Next week’s games against the Padres and Mets should get Los Angeles back on track.
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9

68-57 3 1/10
Another week of mediocre play has the Tigers current sitting outside the playoff picture. As of Monday, Detroit is 1.5 games behind in the division and is a half game out of the second wild-card spot
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10

67-61 3 2/14
The Braves broke out of a slump in a big way by sweeping the A’s over the weekend. Atlanta has an uphill battle on their hands to take the NL East from the Nationals at six games back as of Sunday.
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11

69-57 3 1/11
While the offense has been better without Yadier Molina, the pitching staff has struggled without the Cardinals’ MVP, resulting in the team remaining stationary in the standings since losing their star catcher.
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12

65-62 1 7/27
Andrew McCutchen is able to return from the DL as soon as Tuesday, and the Pirates could use the boost in the lineup as they attempt to gain ground in the playoff race.
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13

62-65 1 1/30
The Rays briefly reached .500 once again last week, which should be considered an accomplishment after the disastrous start to their season.
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14

67-59 1 1/16
In Sunday’s win over the Phillies, the Giants recorded consecutive wins at home for the first time in over two months as Tim Lincecum picked up his 10th win of the season.
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15

64-62 2 12/26
Just in time for the stretch, the Indians get back their speedy centerfielder Michael Bourn to hopefully play table setter for the offense in the leadoff spot.
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16

64-61 2 8/18
Masahiro Tanaka threw his first bullpen session of his rehab from a partially torn elbow ligament, but still has no timetable to return to the Yankees, if he does return this season.
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17

65-62 3 3/22
Edwin Encarnacion was recalled from the DL Friday to give the offense a much-needed jolt as Brett Lawrie remains out until at least September with a strained oblique.
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18

63-63 1 11/28
Giancarlo Stanton hit his league-leading 32nd home run of the season Sunday to help the Marlins climb back to the .500 mark after winning five of their last seven games.
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19

61-67 3 10/20
Cincinnati has lost six of their last eight games after Aroldis Chapman walked four straight Rockies to tie the game Sunday. The Reds had more bad luck on the injury front after losing Homer Bailey to the DL.
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20

59-68 1 17/26
The White Sox were the worst team offensively last season, but in ’14 it has been a different story with Jose Abreu leading the way, hitting the cover off baseballs in his rookie season.
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21

56-71 2 3/27
Yoenis Cespedes is finding his groove at his new home at Fenway Park hitting three homers over five games last week.
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22

59-67 2 20/30
Another week and Tyson Ross continues to be the story for the Padres late in the season. He has a 1.97 ERA in his last 11 starts and has allowed only two homers in the 73-inning span.
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23

60-68 1 18/27
The Mets have blown 17 saves this season, the fourth-highest amount in the National League. The offense hasn’t been doing their part either, hitting .210 collectively in August starting the week. Good for last in the league.
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24

56-70 - 18/29
Future Twins center fielder Byron Buxton avoided a potentially terrible outcome after colliding with a teammate in a minor league game, coming away with only a concussion after lying unconscious on the field.
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25

54-74 1 24/30
The Astros aren’t ready to contend, but have already shown they are a better team than last season’s disaster. With the win Sunday over Boston, Houston eclipsed its win total from last year with its 52nd victory.
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26

55-72 1 21/30
Cubs prospect Kris Bryant had a scare with a toe injury, but the team was able to express relief with it not being a long-term ordeal. Healthy top prospects are key for the future in Chicago.
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27

56-71 2 19/29
Cliff Lee was shut down for the season due to injury, will he be the same for the Phillies next year when he returns? That is, if he can remain on the team during a possible rebuild season.
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28

53-75 - 18/30
As a result of the level of play this season and with players on the move in trade deals, the Diamondbacks have had 11 players make their big-league debuts this year, including seven pitchers.
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29

50-76 - 5/29
Michael Cuddyer picked up his second career cycle against the Reds Sunday, injecting some life into the Rockies who will have to live without Troy Tulowitzki for the remainder of the season due to injury.
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30

49-77 - 3/30
The Rangers stopped the Angels from gaining ground in the AL West Sunday with a win, but will need more offense if they want to play spoiler this season.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 73 52
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 55 72

Western Division

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