2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 8 Edition

2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 8 Edition

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There was some big news stories this past week and as we go into week eight of the MLB regular season we will learn a few things. Will the Atlanta Braves rebound and keep first? Will the Miami Marlins be okay without their ace? Can the New York Yankees hold on to first place? Can anyone in the AL West really catch the Oakland Athletics? For that matter can anyone in the AL Central catch the Detroit Tigers? Keeping watching as we all find out.

30 – Houston Astros – .293

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30 – Houston Astros – .293

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The Astros look better now than they have all season long. If they can put together anther good winning week then we will see them off of the bottom by next week for sure.

29 – Arizona Diamondbacks - .321

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29 – Arizona Diamondbacks - .321

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Though the Dbacks have looked better overall of late, they still are not getting it done in the win column nearly enough. It is really beginning to look like 2014 will be a big bust for one of the better assumed teams of the offseason.

28 – Chicago Cubs - .353

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28 – Chicago Cubs - .353

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This is true of any team but the Cubs have really shown that they can play with and beat anyone. Look out for this team in case your favorite team plays them sometime soon. They play much better than their record.

27 – Pittsburgh Pirates - .393

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27 – Pittsburgh Pirates - .393

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The Pirates are a mixed bag this year where you don't know which team will show up. The result has more often than not been a negative one as they are near the bottom of the majors.

26 – Tampa Bay Rays - .393

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26 – Tampa Bay Rays - .393

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Though the Rays are right there with the Pirates in most areas they do have one more win to their credit. Still this team has t play better this week and going forward if they want to keep the AL East a tight race that includes them.

25 – Cleveland Indians - .395

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25 – Cleveland Indians - .395

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The Indians are not bad but they are much closer to what many thought they should have looked like last year. They could bounce out but it looks like they are playing closer to their ability this season.

24 – San Diego Padres - .428

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24 – San Diego Padres - .428

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The Padres' ultra slow climb up the rankings continues this week as they constantly creep forward. This can be a beatable team but their ace can pitch better than your team's ace at any given time, no matter who your team is.

23 – Philadelphia Phillies - .433

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23 – Philadelphia Phillies - .433

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It is fitting that these two teams are right next to one another because they are similar in nature. The Phillies have a couple of pitchers that can be lights out as well but they are not consistent as a team.

22 – Texas Rangers - .434

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22 – Texas Rangers - .434

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What looked like a season where the Rangers were ready to overcome hardships to compete anyway is slowly beginning to look more like a season lost on key injuries.

21 – Boston Red Sox - .446

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21 – Boston Red Sox - .446

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This team might have a lot left in them and the East is tight but they just don't look like the same bunch from a year ago.

20 – Cincinnati Reds - .446

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20 – Cincinnati Reds - .446

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The Reds have a better run differential than the Red Sox but are similar to them. They also don't look a ton like the team they were one year ago. Either team could put it all together soon however.

19 – New York Mets - .452

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19 – New York Mets - .452

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Though the Mets have fallen a little bit in the rankings for the last week or two, they are still a team to keep an eye on if the NL East stays close for very long.

18 – Chicago White Sox - .454

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18 – Chicago White Sox - .454

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The White Sox are better than most thought they would be. They can put a dozen runs on you and turn around to give up a dozen as well. It just depends on the day.

17 – Minnesota Twins - .484

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17 – Minnesota Twins - .484

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The Twins still look like they can compete for at least a wild card spot this season. Keep an eye out for them if they are still in the running after the all-star break.

16 – Seattle Mariners - .498

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16 – Seattle Mariners - .498

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As the Mariners climb slowly back up the rankings, their rise to being a better team this time around might be a bit more real than their hot start to the season was.

15 – Los Angeles Dodgers - .507

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15 – Los Angeles Dodgers - .507

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The teams ahead of the Dodgers are good but they just got Kershaw back and their offensive key Hanley Ramirez hasn't hit his stride yet. Don't sleep on this team after what they pulled off one year ago.

14 – Baltimore Orioles - .512

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14 – Baltimore Orioles - .512

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Though the Orioles have not held on to first place into the beginning of week eight, they do find themselves firmly in the race and they look to stay there at lest for now.

13 – Kansas City Royals - .516

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13 – Kansas City Royals - .516

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All the Royals need right now is about an eight game winning streak while the Tigers struggle and they will be right in the race. They do look very good right now and certainly good enough to compete with the Tigers if they can catch them and beat them head to head.

12 – Toronto Blue Jays - .519

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12 – Toronto Blue Jays - .519

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Whatever happened last season should be just about forgotten right now for the Jays. They are good and certainly are good enough to rise to the top of their division.

11 – New York Yankees - .524

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11 – New York Yankees - .524

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As tight as the AL East is, the Yankees being on top actually bodes really well for them. They are just beginning to hit what looks like a good stride within the next week or so. It is possible they could stretch a lead out a little bit if the other teams stumble.

10 – Miami Marlins - .537

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10 – Miami Marlins - .537

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The watch is on officially for the Marlins. Do not assume that just losing Jose Fernandez, as devastating as that is, will take them down. He was all they had last season and they stunk. This year he was just as good but they have been a good team because they have more than just one star player. They might fall out of the race but I expect them not to.

9 – Washington Nationals - .539

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9 – Washington Nationals - .539

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The Nationals cannot stay healthy to save their season. Still they are fighting on and remain one of the better teams in the game. Whether or not they can catch and pass the Braves remains to be seen however.

8 – St. Louis Cardinals - .540

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8 – St. Louis Cardinals - .540

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Though the Cardinals are down behind the Brewers right now, they will catch them within the next month. They are just too good of a team and play too well overall not to catch the lead no matter who it is or how well they are playing.

7 – Atlanta Braves - .549

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7 – Atlanta Braves - .549

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The fact that the Braves have remained this high through what has been a very hard to watch time for them is nothing short of remarkable. A big comeback win on Sunday could be the boost that gets them onto their stride. Keep a watch on them this week playing two tough teams.

6 – Los Angeles Angels - .610

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6 – Los Angeles Angels - .610

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The Angels are good folks. Here is a good time for a shout out to Albert Pujols as well who is quieting some critics this season.

5 – Colorado Rockies - .613

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5 – Colorado Rockies - .613

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The Rockies are much more than a mountain high team this season. If they stay healthy they should be able to keep pace in the NL West all year.

4 – Milwaukee Brewers - .629

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4 – Milwaukee Brewers - .629

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Anyone expecting the Brewers to fall apart should realize that they are not that weak of a team. Whether they can stay on top of the Cardinals over the long season remains to be seen but they are for real without a doubt.

3 – San Francisco Giants - .661

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3 – San Francisco Giants - .661

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The Giants might very well be the toughest team to beat in all of MLB right now when they get ahead of the other team. Whatever last season was is forgotten already. They are World Series contenders once again.

2 – Oakland Athletics - .763

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2 – Oakland Athletics - .763

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No surprises here for the Athletics as they remain at or near the top of the standings week in and week out.

1 – Detroit Tigers - .770

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1 – Detroit Tigers - .770

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The more we keep waiting for the Tigers to lose a few games the more they just don't. For now it looks like the AL Central is a race for a wild card spot because of the strength of this team.

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