MLB Power Rankings for the Week Starting September 4, 2017 (after Week 21)
Sports Chat Place's MLB Power Rankings for Week 22 of the 2017 MLB Season
Week 22 of the MLB Season Starting 9/4/17
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We have less than a month of regular season baseball left in the books, so it’s now or never for teams to make a push. For teams in the playoff hunt, every game from here on out feels like a playoff game. For teams not looking at the postseason, they’re either playing the role of spoiler or counting the days until vacation. Either way, this is the time of year where the baseball season is really fun and can be more profitable.
Here are this weeks MLB power rankings.
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1. Los Angeles Dodgers - Even during this current losing stretch, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still at least 10 games better than every other team in baseball with a run differential over +200. The Dodgers are fine.
2. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians are the hottest team in baseball right now and have allowed two or less runs in eight of their last nine games. The Indians have four shutouts since August 25. This is a club that’s found that second gear.
3. Washington Nationals - The Nationals are slowly getting healthier and Stephen Strasburg had an ERA of 0.86 in three August starts. If he takes that into the postseason, the Nats become that much scarier.
4. Houston Astros - The Houston Astros have another reason to play motivated baseball, as the city needs all the positivity it can find right now. Oh, getting an ace like Justin Verlander also helps their world series goal.
5. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs continue to chip away victories and that offense looks like last years. The Cubs have won 16 of their last 17 games when scoring more than three runs.
6. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox continue to win games despite the core of their lineup struggling for much of the second half of the season. That has to give confidence to the rest of the club.
7. New York Yankees - The Yankees offense is picking up and Masahiro Tanaka has allowed a combined two runs in his last 14 innings. Things may be coming tougher for the Yanks after all.
8. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks are really starting to run away with the NL wild card spot and are showing they’re more than powerful offense, as the pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in six of their last nine games.
9. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels are a team that continues to grow on me, and the additions of Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips make this an even more intriguing club. The Angels may be the team to watch down the stretch in the AL.
10. Texas Rangers - Right when you think the Texas Rangers have it figured out, they get swept by Oakland and the pitching staff gets blasted in Los Angeles. A consistent stretch for the Rangers would be appreciated.
11. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers pitching has been sharp, allowing four or less runs in 11 of their last 13 games, the type of stuff you need when making a push for the playoffs.
12. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins continue to hammer away and are coming off a game in which they scored 17 runs against the Royals. You have to question just how long that can last though.
13. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals have been on the side of some tough losses recently, but their offense has been consistent and there’s a favorable schedule coming up.
14. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners pitching staff isn’t doing them many favors and it could be their downfall to make the postseason. But the offensive firepower is still there to make these next few weeks interesting.
15. Baltimore Orioles - Speaking of offense, the Baltimore Orioles have dropped four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games, and they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games when that’s the case.
16. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies are still holding onto that second wild card spot, but they’re trying their best to make things interesting by piling up the losses. The Rockies offense better wake up quickly.
17. Tampa Bay Rays - I’ve written off the Tampa Bay Rays a couple times, but they’ve had a decent couple of weeks and are hanging around with several other wild card contenders. The Rays still blow too many games late for my liking.
18. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins didn’t help their playoff chances with five straight losses. But Giancarlo Stanton is 10 homers away from breaking the clean record, which is still reason to watch this club down the stretch.
19. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays just can’t get out of their own way and didn’t help themselves during a key home stretch. A once offensive powerhouse is hitting just .233 in the second half of the season.
20. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals have been shutout five times in their last eight games and lost 17-0 on Saturday. It’s safe to say the Royals are done.
21. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff had an ERA of 4.97 in the month of August, which explains all the losses. However, the Pirates will be key to who wins the NL wild crd given their upcoming schedule.
22. New York Mets - The New York Mets have won just 10 games since August, but they do have the Phillies and Reds on deck, which should provide some relief and result in some much needed victories.
23. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers traded away their star pitcher and one of their better bats. Complete rebuilds are ugly, but they have to be done if you hope to be consistently competitive the next several years.
24. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves have had a rough couple of weeks playing contender after contender, but they’re still a young team that plays hard and can use this final month to build some momentum for next season.
25. Oakland Athletics - The road struggles continue for the Oakland Athletics, as they’ve now lost six straight and are 25 games under outside of Oakland. It’s bizarre the difference between the A’s home and road record.
26. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants are sprinkling wins here and there and will be worth watching down the stretch considering they’re playing nothing but contenders the rest of the way, so they will help determine the playoff race.
27. San Diego Padres - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; The San Diego Padres have either won or lost 12 of their last 14 games by three or less runs. The Padres are a tough team that competes night and night out despite a lack of results.
28. Cincinnati Reds - Billy Hamilton has been a joy to watch this season, but the Cincinnati Reds are coming off an August where they had an ERA of 5.42. It’s tough to win games like that no matter who is on offense.
29. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox have somehow split their last 10 games which is incredible when you consider how many players they gave away in their rebuild. If anything, this stretch of wins should only build confidence moving forward.
30. Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies have just 51 wins and the 76ers win total is currently set at 41.5. Not good when your season is double in size.