2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 9 Edition

Week 9 Power Rankings

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Week eight of the MLB season has already come and passed and it's crazy to think that we are approaching the dog days of summer. Baseball season is in full-swing even though it feels like just yesterday that Opening Day was upon us.

Let's take a look at week nine's power rankings -- could there be a new No. 1 on the list?

30. Houston Astros (20-32)

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30. Houston Astros (20-32)

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The Astros are a staple of the bottom of this list. Although they are 6-4 in their last 10 games, the Astros are making up no ground in the AL West, trailing first place by 11.5 games.

29. Chicago Cubs (19-30)

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29. Chicago Cubs (19-30)

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The Cubs have the least wins of any team in baseball right now. It looks like the curse will continue throughout the 2014 season as even the best pitcher on the team, Jeff Samardzija can't get a win.

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (21-32)

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28. Arizona Diamondbacks (21-32)

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Arizona has the worst run differential in baseball as well as the widest gap between first and last place in any division -- 12 games.

27. New York Mets (22-28)

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27. New York Mets (22-28)

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The Mets are trending downward and it won't be too long before they pull a typical Mets move and just completely fall apart. They won just two games last week and that included losing two of three to the mediocre Diamondbacks at home.

26. San Diego Padres (23-29)

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26. San Diego Padres (23-29)

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Losing four of six games in a week to two of the worst teams in baseball will not help anyone's power ranking. The Padres are struggling to stay afloat ever since they came within two games of .500.

25. Boston Red Sox (21-29)

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25. Boston Red Sox (21-29)

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Boston is the coldest team in baseball right now. Boston has lost 11 of its last 13 games and the Sox have gone from 19-18 to an extremely poor 21-29. Boston's bats have cooled off dramatically.

24. Cincinnati Reds (22-27)

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24. Cincinnati Reds (22-27)

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The Reds didn't really rise or fall on this list as they have been flirting with mediocrity all season long. Going 3-3 in week eight was actually an upgrade for Cincinnati.

23. Cleveland Indians (24-28)

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23. Cleveland Indians (24-28)

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The two Ohio teams are back-to-back on this list as the Cleveland Indians won five of seven games in week eight -- including a sweep at home of the division-leading Detroit Tigers.

22. Tampa Bay Rays (23-29)

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22. Tampa Bay Rays (23-29)

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Tampa Bay was a World Series favorite at the beginning of the season, but it's starting to look like that was all a fluke of a pick by experts. The Rays just can't seem to put a good streak together.

21. Philadelphia Phillies (22-26)

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21. Philadelphia Phillies (22-26)

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Getting no-hit will definitely hurt a team's position on this list and that's exactly what happened to the Phillies. Okay, they didn't move all that much, but Josh Beckett did put them in their place with his first no-no.

20. Pittsburgh Pirates (23-27)

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20. Pittsburgh Pirates (23-27)

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Pittsburgh was another team that was a favorite to contend for a World Series, but starting the season off very sluggish hasn't helped them. Don't be surprised if they finally put everything together and make another playoff run.

19. Minnesota Twins (23-25)

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19. Minnesota Twins (23-25)

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I say the Twins are one of the worst teams in the AL Central, but in reality, they are still flirting with the .500 mark. This team has just the right amount of pitching and hitting to be pesky to many contenders in the American League.

18. Kansas City Royals (24-26)

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18. Kansas City Royals (24-26)

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Kansas City is that team that everyone always seems to root for because they're always the underdog. Losing four of seven games in week eight will not help catch the Tigers, however.

17. Seattle Mariners (25-25)

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17. Seattle Mariners (25-25)

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Adding Robinson Cano wasn't supposed to make that much of a difference, and it really hasn't yet. The Mariners are as average as any team in the league at 25-25, but don't be surprised if his bat perks up and the power numbers start rolling in.

16. Chicago White Sox (26-27)

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16. Chicago White Sox (26-27)

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The White Sox were without Jose Abreu in week eight and they went 4-3, but the offensive numbers didn't suffer all that much. Chicago will be the Tigers' biggest competition in the AL Central this season it looks like.

15. Texas Rangers (26-25)

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15. Texas Rangers (26-25)

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Texas' bats came alive in week eight, scoring 41 runs in six games and even recording two games against the Tigers with 12 runs.

14. Baltimore Orioles (26-23)

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14. Baltimore Orioles (26-23)

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The Orioles were an average 3-3 in week eight, but that doesn't mean this team isn't trending upward. If it weren't for the mediocre pitching, this team would be a top-10 team in baseball's power rankings right now.

13. Colorado Rockies (27-24)

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13. Colorado Rockies (27-24)

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Colorado has the scariest offense in baseball, but the pitching has been suffering a bit playing in such a hitter-friendly park like Coors Field. Troy Tulowitzki is, however, having an MVP-type of season.

12. Washington Nationals (25-26)

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12. Washington Nationals (25-26)

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The Nationals have been struggling offensively without Bryce Harper and it showed last week, going just 2-5 and looking as pedestrian as any team in baseball.

11. Miami Marlins (27-25)

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11. Miami Marlins (27-25)

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It's hard to stay in the top half of the power rankings when you lose a young ace like Jose Fernandez, but luckily for the Marlins he only pitched every fifth day. This team is young and talented, and they might not be a fluke.

10. New York Yankees (27-23)

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10. New York Yankees (27-23)

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The Yankees aren't exactly blowing anyone away with their solid play, but they are producing enough wins to stay within striking distance of first place in the AL East.

9. Los Angeles Dodgers (28-24)

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9. Los Angeles Dodgers (28-24)

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Los Angeles is still the favorite in the National League to win the pennant -- according to Vegas -- despite just a 28-24 record. The Dodgers are starting to heat up, however, and it looks like they might be on the track to being dominant again.

8. St. Louis Cardinals (28-23)

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8. St. Louis Cardinals (28-23)

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St. Louis is always good. Every season it seems like the Cardinals are making the playoffs and contending for a World Series. The 2014 season is going to be no different.

7. Atlanta Braves (28-22)

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7. Atlanta Braves (28-22)

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Depending on the health of Bryce Harper of the Nationals, the Braves could end up running away with the NL East. Atlanta's offense has been a bit lethargic, but it's starting to heat up with the weather.

6. Los Angeles Angels (28-22)

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6. Los Angeles Angels (28-22)

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The Angels have the second-best run differential in baseball and with everyone getting healthy at the same time, Los Angeles could be the team to beat in the American League pretty soon.

5. Milwaukee Brewers (30-22)

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5. Milwaukee Brewers (30-22)

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Milwaukee has been the surprise team in baseball this season. The Brew Crew have the second-most wins in baseball after being a laughing stock a season ago. Is it too early to tell if they are for real, however? Maybe.

4. Detroit Tigers (28-19)

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4. Detroit Tigers (28-19)

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Detroit is the definition of a struggling team right now, the Tigers went from having the second-best run differential in baseball to the eighth in just one week. Detroit went just 1-6 in week eight and they have lost seven of eight games -- the last four losses have been by at least seven runs.

3. Toronto Blue Jays (30-22)

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3. Toronto Blue Jays (30-22)

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Toronto shot up in the power rankings this week as it won all six games it played in week eight and the Blue Jays have won 10 of 11 games. This team is on fire right now.

2. San Francisco Giants (32-19)

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2. San Francisco Giants (32-19)

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San Francisco has the best record in baseball right now and it looks like that poor season the Giants had a season ago was just a thing of the past.

1. Oakland Athletics (31-20)

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1. Oakland Athletics (31-20)

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With the best run differential in baseball to go along with the second-best record, the Athletics are playing better than anyone right now.

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