It was a bit of a tough week for the Detroit Tigers, as they fell out of the top 10 this week. But did the Washington Nationals play well enough to stay at top the rankings? Or did the Cincinnati Reds or the New York Yankees take over?
1. Washington Nationals (75-46)- With the best record in the game of baseball and still playing great, the Nationals remain at the top of the standings. Stephen Strasburg’s starts are numbered, so the Nationals better keep putting distance between themselves and the Atlanta Braves before they shut their ace down.
2. Cincinnati Reds (74-48)- The Reds have boosted their lead to 6.5 games above the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. The Reds continue to get great pitching from Mat Latos and Johnny Cueto–not to mention the contributions from one of the leading NL Rookie of the Year candidates, Todd Frazier. Frazier is hitting .329 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in the month of August.
3. Atlanta Braves (70-51)- It was another solid week of baseball played by the Braves. Although the Braves still trail the Nationals by five games in the standing in the NL East, the Braves are still playing great baseball and are making this a great division race towards the end of September.
4. New York Yankees (72-49)- No CC Sabathia or Andy Pettitte? That’s okay, the Yankees still have Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has been flat out dealing since the All-Star break. Posting a 1.39 ERA with a 0.81 WHIP. The Bronx Bombers still have a nice lead of the surging Baltimore Orioles, and have done a great job treading water until they get some of their key players back from injury.
5. Texas Rangers (70-50)- The Rangers have a nice lead in the AL West over the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels. They could coast the rest of the way through the season and still win the division. But the Rangers could be gunning for the number one seed for the AL playoffs. Josh Hamilton has been playing better in the month of August, hitting .288 with five home runs with 18 RBIs.
6. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-54)- I hope the Pirates players finally caught their breathe after playing an epic 19-inning game against the St. Louis Cardinals, which lasted six hours and 30 minutes. The Pirates were the victors in the game, and open up a three-game set with the San Diego Padres on Monday.
7. Tampa Bay Rays (67-54)- It’s the first time in over a month that the Rays have broken back into the top 10 of the power rankings. After finally getting back their superstar third basemen, Evan Longoria, and behind their great pitching staff, the Rays are back to their winning ways.
8. San Francisco Giants (66-55)- The tightest race in baseball right now is the NL West. The Giants and Los Angels Dodgers are only sperated by only a half game in the standings. With Melky Cabrera getting suspended this week for 50 games for testing positive for high levels of testosterone, the Giants hope they can still overtake the division without their best hitter.
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (67-55)- The Dodgers played a great week of baseball. At one point winning four straight games, and have won seven of their last 10 games played. Hanley Ramirez has proved to be a great trade for the Dodgers. In the month of August, Ramirez has .343, clubbed out three home runs and drove in 19 RBIs.
10. Chicago White Sox (65-55)- It was a rough weekend series for the White Sox, getting swept by the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City. Luckily for them, the Detroit Tigers also lost two of three to the Orioles and they still remain 1.5 games up on the Tigers.
John Czech is a writer for Rant Sports. His main focus is the Detroit Tigers and baseball, and can be found on Twitter at @JohnCzech