MLB power rankings

By Jase Bandelow and Eric Luchetti

The Dodgers are movin’ on up, thanks in large part to Hanley Ramirez.

1 Nationals 76-46

Bryce Harper appears to be showing signs that he could be coming out of his second-half slump as the Nationals look to take command of the NL East.

2 Reds 74-49 +1

Wins are wins, even if that means committing 10 errors en route to a 5-2 homestand for the Reds. Good thing the offense is clicking.

3 Yankees 72-50 +2

Ichiro is finding his groove in NY of late, capping off a strong week with a two-homer performance against the Red Sox on Sunday.

4 Braves 70-52

Kris Medlen really enjoyed his first career complete game, a five-hit shutout: “That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my career. I’ve got to try and do that again.” The Braves wouldn’t mind that either.

5 Rangers 71-50 -3

After a tough series in NY, the Rangers took two of three from the Jays and now head home to face the playoff-hungry Orioles.

6 Rays 68-54 +3

Not many teams are firing on all cylinders like the Rays, who boast the best AL record in August heading into this week.

7 Giants 67-55 -1

Melky Cabrera just made the Jonathan Sanchez trade look like a good deal for the Royals, and that is saying something.

8 Dodgers 67-56 +6

When the Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez, they hoped he would finally maximize his potential. He seems to be doing just that, hitting .395 on L.A.’s 10-game road trip.

9 Pirates 67-55 -1

19-inning games are nothing to get excited about, but after last season’s botched call against Atlanta, the win in St. Louis could mean good things going forward for the Buccos.

10 White Sox 66-55 -3

A sweep at the hands of the Royals to close the week didn’t help the White Sox, but luckily they are still atop the AL Central with a month and half to play.

11 Orioles 66-56 -1

Orioles just keep getting it done, having won consecutive series against the Red Sox and Tigers last week.

12 Athletics 65-56 +1

Prospect Dan Straily looked good tossing 6.1 scoreless innings against the red-hot Royals for the first of what should be many career wins.

13 Tigers 64-57 -1

Max Scherzer continues to mow down opposing hitters. The powerful right-hander leads the majors in strikeouts per nine innings with an amazing 11.39 rate.

14 Cardinals 65-56 -3

Jaime Garcia looked sharp in his first start for the Cardinals since June 5. The Redbirds need to make another late-season push if they hope to repeat as world champions.

15 Diamondbacks 62-60 +1

Chris Young torched Houston, going 7 for 14 with two doubles, a homer and five RBI as the D-backs swept through the Astros. Not bad for a guy who was a combined 7 for 45 in his previous 15 games.

16 Angels 62-60 -1

The Angels are headed in the wrong direction, having the third-worst record in the AL since the All-Star break (14-22) heading into this week.

17 Red Sox 59-63

At what point do the Red Sox stop giving Josh Beckett the ball? The former ace was shellacked last week in his two losses, posting an unsightly 7.94 ERA.

18 Mets 57-65

Johan Santana will remain in the starting rotation and be evaluated on an almost start-by-start basis to keep an eye on his surgically repaired left shoulder.

19 Blue Jays 56-65 +1

Good news for the Blue Jays: Brandon Morrow is scheduled to return later this week against the Orioles. Bad news: It is too late to make a difference.

20 Mariners 59-64 +5

The Mariners became the first team in MLB history to be on both sides of a perfect game in one season after Felix Hernandez’s gem against the Rays.

21 Phillies 57-65 -2

Kyle Kendrick is making a name for himself in a stacked Phillies rotation, compiling 15 scoreless innings against the Marlins and Brewers.

22 Marlins 56-67

Giancarlo Stanton loves hitting in Coors Field. Really, really enjoys it. Smashing the longest homer in the majors this season at 494 feet.

23 Royals 54-67 +4

Jeremy Guthrie hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last three starts heading into this week. Add that to a certain All-Star MVP getting suspended and the Melky trade doesn’t look so bad.

24 Indians 54-68

Only the Astros have been worse since the All-Star break. That’s no consolation for a team that headed into the break with postseason hopes.

25 Brewers 55-66 -4

As Randy Wolf goes, so do the Brewers. Unfortunately, that is not a good thing.

26 Twins 51-70

The Twins dropped five of six last week to the Tigers and Mariners, as they continue their disappointing ’12 campaign.

27 Padres 54-70 -4

Clayton Richard has been filthy in his last five starts heading into this week, but the same word could describe the Padres’ play of late in a dramatically different context.

28 Cubs 47-74

Chris Volstad has gone 24 starts without a winning decision dating back to July 10, 2011. Yikes.

29 Rockies 47-73

The Rockies had a good week, but then Michael Cuddyer strained his right oblique and now has a spot on the 15-day disabled list. Tough luck.

30 Astros 39-83

The Astros cut ties with manager Brad Mills, first base coach Bobby Meacham and hitting coach Mike Barnett. Tony DeFrancesco, you inherit one heck of a ball club.