MLB power rankings

By Shawn Ramsey

1 Red Sox 68-46 +2

The acquisition of Jake Peavy could help the Red Sox create some space between themselves and the Rays in the division if he continues to pitch well in his new home after a successful first start.

2 Rays 66-45

Wil Myers has hit five home runs since the All-Star break entering the week, which is just part of the reason for the Rays’ recent surge, putting them in a two-team race for the division with Boston.

3 Pirates 67-44 +1

The Pirates beat the Cardinals in four of five games in impressive fashion to take a 1.5-game lead in the division entering the week and are looking poised to stay in that spot for the long haul.

4 Tigers 65-45 +2

The Tigers dealt for Jose Iglesias at the deadline in preparation for Jhonny Peralta’s suspension, putting them ahead of a couple other teams who also have suspended players.

5 Braves 68-45 +2

The Braves brought a 10-game winning streak into the new week, and Chris Johnson’s .346 batting average is tops in the National League.

6 Athletics 64-47 -1

The Athletics needed to hold off the Rangers to maintain their big lead in the AL West but came up short, only winning one of three over the weekend to cut their lead to 2.5 games entering the week.

7 Cardinals 65-46 -6

The Cardinals finally snapped a seven-game losing streak last week after losing the division lead to the Pirates. But at just 1.5 games back in the division, St. Louis luckily doesn’t have too much ground to make up.

8 Dodgers 62-49

The Dodgers won their 14th straight road game after topping the Cubs on Sunday. We’ll see if LA can continue to win with Ramirez, Puig, and Kemp all nursing injuries.

9 Indians 62-50 +2

The Indians had lost only once in 11 games going into this week’s crucial four-game series against the Tigers at home.

10 Rangers 63-50 +4

With Nelson Cruz accepting his suspension in the Biogenesis case, the Rangers will be without one of their best hitters in a lineup that has seen its struggles recently.

11 Orioles 61-51 -2

Bud Norris joined the Orioles at the trade deadline to help solidify a rotation that hasn’t always been top notch this season.

12 Reds 61-51 -2

Reds right-handed hitters are struggling this season, which could link to the team’s placement in the NL Central behind the Pirates and Cardinals despite being 10 games over .500 entering the week.

13 Royals 57-52 +2

The Royals have been playing well in the second half, but unfortunately for them, so have the Tigers and Indians — who are ahead of Kansas City in the AL Central.

14 Yankees 57-54 -2

While the focus had been on whether or not Alex Rodriguez would see time with Yankees this season, New York hasn’t found ways to put together wins since the break, falling to fourth in the division.

15 Diamondbacks 56-55 -2

The Diamondbacks are falling further and further back in the division to the resurgent Dodgers.

16 Nationals 54-58

The Nationals need to find a way to start putting together wins soon before the postseason gets out of reach.

17 Mariners 52-60

Kyle Seager has been hovering around a .300 batting average and has been leading Seattle’s lineup over the past month.

18 Angels 51-60 +1

The Angels fell victim to the Rangers’ three-straight walk-off wins in Texas last week but did manage to take three of four back at home against the Blue Jays.

19 Padres 52-60 +5

The Padres will need to make contingency plans for the absence of Everth Cabrera, who had been leading the team in several offensive categories.

20 Phillies 50-61 -2

Losses are continuing to pile up for the Phillies, who didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline to start the rebuilding process.

21 Twins 48-61 +1

Aaron Hicks and Scott Diamond were sent to Triple-A last week after their continued struggles, giving top prospect Oswaldo Arcia a chance to his showcase his skills on the major league level.

22 Rockies 52-61 -1

The Rockies looked like they would be the surprise team of the season earlier in the year, but that was before a disastrous July.

23 Giants 50-61

In last place in the division and 12 games behind the first-place Dodgers, the Giants aren’t looking like they will have to chance to defend their title in the playoffs.

24 Cubs 49-62 -4

The Cubs only came away with one win last week in eight games. Prospect Logan Watkins will get a chance to play in the majors after replacing injured infielder Luis Valbuena.

25 Blue Jays 52-60

The Blue Jays took two of three from the AL West-leading Athletics but didn’t do well in LA. The Blue Jays still might have enough time to make some noise in the playoff races.

26 Mets 49-60

David Wright hit the disabled list for the Mets, which is sure to be a blow to an already struggling team.

27 Brewers 47-65 +2

The Brewers were having a down year before Ryan Braun’s suspension. Without their star slugger, Milwaukee is ready to start fresh in 2014.

28 Marlins 43-67 -1

The Marlins have some reasons to be excited for the future about rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez.

29 White Sox 41-69 -1

The White Sox had lost 10 straight games entering the week and could end the season fighting the Astros for next year’s No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft.

30 Astros 37-74

Jarred Cosart, the Astros’ top pitching prospect, is showing he is ready for the big leagues. The righty has allowed only one earned run in three of his four starts.