MLB Power Rankings: Week 22 Edition

MLB Power Rankings: Week 22 Edition

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Divisional and wild card races have distinct story lines now as the season enters its final month. Based on how each team has done this week and how they look heading down the stretch, here are this week's updated power rankings.

30. Texas Rangers (50-79)

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30. Texas Rangers (50-79)

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Previous Ranking: 30

The Rangers played a little better this week than they have recently, but they still just look out of sorts. Since this is a lost season, they're just going to continue to gain negative momentum down the stretch.

29. Colorado Rockies (52-77)

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29. Colorado Rockies (52-77)

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Previous Rankings: 29

The Rockies continue their descent to the bottom of major league baseball. It's hard to believe that this team was the best in baseball for a couple of weeks early in the year.

28. Houston Astros (55-76)

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28. Houston Astros (55-76)

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Previous Rankings: 28

The Astros have made a little bit of progress this year moving from a historically bad team to just a bad team. Next year, the transition should be to a decent team.

27. Arizona Diamondbacks (55-76)

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27. Arizona Diamondbacks (55-76)

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Previous Ranking: 27

The Diamondbacks have been one of the most boring and disappointing teams in baseball this season. After everything that's gone on, Kirk Gibson could be looking for a new job this offseason.

26. Boston Red Sox (56-74)

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26. Boston Red Sox (56-74)

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Previous Ranking: 24

Just when Red Sox fans thought it couldn't get any worse, it has. The team has lost eight straight games and continues to fall into the bottom of the league as their pitching staff begins to rebuild.

25. Philadelphia Phillies (58-72)

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25. Philadelphia Phillies (58-72)

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Previous Ranking: 25

Philadelphia is on a slow jog to the finish line this season as all of their aging veterans get another year older. The biggest shame for the Phillies this season is that they couldn't get any prospects at the trade deadline.

24. Minnesota Twins (58-72)

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24. Minnesota Twins (58-72)

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Previous Ranking: 23

This season has been about developing young stars for the Twins and they may have found one in an unlikely place. Their young slugger Kennys Vargas leads all AL rookies with 23 RBI in August.

23. Chicago Cubs (58-72)

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23. Chicago Cubs (58-72)

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Previous Ranking: 26

For small stretches of the season, the Cubs have actually looked pretty darn good this season. Even though they haven't been able to sustain success over the course of the season, there is definitely reason for optimism on the north side of Chicago.

22. Chicago White Sox (59-71)

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22. Chicago White Sox (52-71)

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Previous Ranking: 21

On the south side of Chicago, there are three things that should give fans hope. Those are Chris Sale, Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia. The last of those is just now establishing himself this season and should be solid going forward.

21. New York Mets (61-70)

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21. New York Mets (61-70)

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Previous Ranking: 22

The Mets teased fans by being somewhat competitive, but have fallen off as of late. This season is a lost cause, but their future pitching staff looks very solid.

20. San Diego Padres (60-69)

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20. San Diego Padres (60-69)

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Previous Ranking: 20

Flying under the radar this season, the Padres haven't been half bad. Without a solid lineup, their record is actually pretty impressive.

19. Cincinnati Reds (53-58)

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19. Cincinnati Reds (53-58)

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Previous Ranking: 19

And the fall from grace continues for the once-promising Reds. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, they are now closer to the basement of the NL Central than the ceiling.

18. Miami Marlins (64-65)

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18. Miami Marlins (64-65)

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Previous Ranking: 17

They appeared to be climbing back into the race last week, but moved backward this past week. While they're certainly not out of the race in the NL wild card, they will need to make a move very soon.

17. Tampa Bay Rays (64-66)

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17. Tampa Bay Rays (64-66)

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Previous Ranking: 18

As teams at the top of the AL Wild Card continue to improve, it's seeming less and less likely the Rays will reach the postseason. That just makes their David Price deal look even worse.

16. Toronto Blue Jays (66-64)

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16. Toronto Blue Jays (66-64)

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Previous Ranking: 16

After getting off to a hot start and leading the AL East for a while, the Blue Jays have completely fallen off the map. They aren't completely dead in the wild card race, but they're certainly long shots at this point.

15. Cleveland Indians (66-63)

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15. Cleveland Indians (66-63)

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Previous Ranking: 15

It seems like the Indians may have hit their stride just a bit too late. They are five games out of the Wild Card and are running out of time to make a serious push, but stranger things have happened.

14. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-63)

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14. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-63)

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Previous Ranking: 13

As the Brewers and Cardinals turn on their games, the Pirates need to step it up. If they don't, they could be watching the playoffs from the safety of their couches.

13. New York Yankees (67-61)

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13. New York Yankees (67-61)

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Previous Ranking: 12

The Bronx Bombers are seriously running out of time to make a push for the playoffs. They're definitely within striking distance of the Wild Card, and after gaining three games on the Orioles over the weekend, they're not completely out of the divisional race yet.

12. Atlanta Braves (68-63)

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12. Atlanta Braves (68-63)

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Previous Ranking: 14

The Braves have leveled off since going on an ugly skid and they have climbed back into the Wild Card race. As long as they sustain this success, there's no reason they shouldn't be in the playoff picture right down to the wire.

11. San Francisco Giants (68-61)

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11. San Francisco Giants (68-61)

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Previous Ranking: 11

The Giants are just too inconsistent to crack the top 10. One week they may go on a seven game losing streak and on the next a seven game winning streak. If they can string together more of those winning streaks, they could still be playing in October.

10. Detroit Tigers (70-59)

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10. Detroit Tigers (70-59)

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Previous Ranking: 9

Even though it hasn't gotten any worse for the Tigers this week, they've held steady on their divisional collapse. It seems like the Royals refuse to lose lately, so the Tigers are going to need to turn it back on if they want to win the division.

9. St. Louis Cardinals (70-59)

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9. St. Louis Cardinals (70-59)

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Previous Ranking: 10

It seems like the Cardinals are ready to make one of their patented playoff pushes. Even though they have lots of injuries, they're just 1.5 games out of first and could take over first place any day now.

8. Milwaukee Brewers (72-58)

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8. Milwaukee Brewers (72-58)

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Previous Ranking: 5

Even though they're holding on in the division, the Brewers seem like they're letting the pressure get to them a little bit. They barely lead the Cardinals and don't have nearly the late season experience that the Red Birds do.

7. Seattle Mariners (71-58)

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7. Seattle Mariners (71-58)

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Previous Ranking: 8

One of the surprises of the season, Seattle keeps on fighting as October approaches. It's paid off, because if the season ended today the Mariners would be playing the Athletics in a one-game playoff for the Wild Card.

6. Baltimore Orioles (73-55)

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6. Baltimore Orioles (73-55)

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Previous Ranking: 3

After losing 3B Manny Machado, the Orioles have already started feeling the pressure. They just got swept by the lowly Cubs and now really need to turn it on if they want to stave off the other teams in the division.

5. Kansas City Royals (72-57)

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5. Kansas City Royals (72-57)

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Previous Ranking: 6

The Royals continue to be the surprise story of the season, as well as the most exciting. When this team gets on a roll they're fun to watch. If they stay on this pace, plenty of people will be watching them in October.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (74-58)

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4. Los Angeles Dodgers (74-58)

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Previous Ranking: 7

The Dodgers are stuck solidly in the league's second tier right now. However, based on the potential this team has, they're still probably the favorites to win the National League pennant.

3. Washington Nationals (75-54)

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3. Washington Nationals (75-54)

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Previous Ranking: 4

Everyone knew the Nationals could be very good this season, but we've just been waiting for them to put everything together. They have seemingly done that now, so they could be a dangerous team come October.

2. Oakland Athletics (76-53)

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2. Oakland Athletics (76-53)

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Previous Ranking: 2

It's crazy to think about, but if the season ended today the Athletics would be in a one-game playoff for the AL wild card. Now they just need to outplay the division-rival Angels. That race could be the best in baseball down the stretch.

1. Los Angeles Angels (77-52)

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1. Los Angeles Angels (77-52)

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Previous Ranking: 1

The Angels are clinging to a divisional lead, but just one game separates them from the best record in the American League and facing a win-or-go-home scenario immediately in the playoffs. Either way, this team is clearly going to be playing in October. After losing Garrett Richards for the season, the team will have to throw something together to win the pennant.