MLB Power Rankings: Week 23

By Jacob Kornhauser

MLB Power Rankings: Week 23

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It's hard to believe, but there's only a month left in the baseball season. Here is how every team stacks up as the pennant races majorly heat up in September.

*All records are up to date before the Sunday Night Baseball game.

30. Texas Rangers (53-83)

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30. Texas Rangers (53-83)

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Previous Ranking: 30

The Rangers aren't as far and away the worst team in the league as they have been, but they're still the worst nonetheless. The improvement must be somewhat encouraging though.

29. Colorado Rockies (54-81)

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29. Colorado Rockies (54-81)

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Previous Ranking: 29

Can you believe the Rockies once had the best record in baseball? Well, they're pitching is atrocious now and they're among the worst in the game.

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (56-79)

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28. Arizona Diamondbacks (56-79)

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Previous Ranking: 27

Without all their injuries this season maybe the Diamondbacks wouldn't be this bad. However, you have to do the best with what you have, and Arizona hasn't done that this season.

27. Houston Astros (59-79)

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27. Houston Astros (59-79)

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Previous Ranking: 28

There's light at the end of the tunnel in the Astros' rebuild. Even though the results haven't shown up in the win-loss column, they've majorly improved this season.

26. Minnesota Twins (59-77)

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26. Minnesota Twins (59-77)

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Previous Ranking: 24

The Twins with their youthful roster were extremely impressive for a while, but they've finally started to fall off. They still have the call up of Byron Buxton next season to look forward to though.

25. Philadelphia Phillies (62-74)

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25. Philadelphia Phillies (62-74)

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Previous Ranking: 25

The Phillies have played better in the past week than they have for most of the season, but that's still not great. There could be a long rebuilding process coming for the Phillies shortly.

24. Boston Red Sox (60-76)

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24. Boston Red Sox (60-76)

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Previous Ranking: 26

The season continues to be disappointing for the Red Sox, but this past week hasn't been so bad. With every passing day, the bottom of the AL East seems more and more mediocre.

23. Chicago Cubs (61-76)

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23. Chicago Cubs (61-76)

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Previous Ranking: 23

Now that Jorge Soler is up in the majors, the team is just a few pieces away from being a contender. That could happen as early as next season if they add someone like Jon Lester this offseason.

22. Chicago White Sox (62-75)

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22. Chicago White Sox (62-75)

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Previous Ranking: 22

The Sox have finally purged themselves of Adam Dunn and are moving toward the future. Even though this season hasn't gone how they hoped, their future actually looks brighter than it did at the beginning of the season.

21. New York Mets (64-73)

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21. New York Mets (64-73)

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Previous Ranking: 21

The Mets have just been treading water all season long. It must be frustrating for fans who haven't seen a playoff team since the mid-2000s.

20. Tampa Bay Rays (66-71)

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20. Tampa Bay Rays (66-71)

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Previous Ranking: 17

The Rays can officially be eliminated from the playoff picture. After a poor week, Tampa Bay might find themselves in this position for several Septembers to come.

19. Cincinnati Reds (66-71)

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19. Cincinnati Reds (66-71)

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Previous Ranking: 19

The Reds have just fallen off the face of the earth this season after having a promising run going into the All-Star break. They have no depth in the lineup or on the mound so it could be a while before they're competitive again.

18. San Diego Padres (66-71)

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18. San Diego Padres (66-71)

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Previous Ranking: 20

It's absolutely crazy the Padres are just five games under .500. They have no notable players and are still a possible .500 team this season, which is phenomenal.

17. Miami Marlins (66-68)

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17. Miami Marlins (66-68)

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Previous Ranking: 18

The Marlins' inability to go on a run this season is going to haunt them. They had so many opportunities to sneak back into the wild card race, but they just never took one.

16. Toronto Blue Jays (69-67)

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16. Toronto Blue Jays (69-67)

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Previous Ranking: 16

The Blue Jays had such a promising start to the season, but they are now essentially out of the playoff race. That's disappointing given what they showed us they could do in the first few months of the season.

15. New York Yankees (70-65)

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15. New York Yankees (70-65)

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Previous Ranking: 13

The time for the Yankees to make a run at the Wild Card is now. If Jeter doesn't step up or step aside, the Bronx Bombers are going to be out of luck come October.

14. Cleveland Indians (70-64)

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14. Cleveland Indians (70-64)

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Previous Ranking: 15

The hottest team in baseball right now is the Indians. They are winners of six out of their last seven games and have climbed to within 3.5 games of the division-leading Royals as of Sunday afternoon.

13. Atlanta Braves (71-65)

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13. Atlanta Braves (71-65)

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Previous Ranking: 12

The Braves have leveled out and are squarely out of the division race, but completely in the wild card race. It will be interesting to see how they respond down the stretch.

12. Pittsburgh Pirates (71-65)

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12. Pittsburgh Pirates (71-65)

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Previous Ranking: 14

With the Brewers majorly struggling lately, the Pirates have moved to within just two games of the division lead. The NL Central is going to be a great three-team race down the stretch.

11. Seattle Mariners (72-62)

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11. Seattle Mariners (72-62)

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Previous Ranking: 7

The Mariners didn't have a horrible week, but some other teams had better weeks. Nonetheless, the team is very much in the playoff hunt in the National League.

10. Milwaukee Brewers (73-63)

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10. Milwaukee Brewers (73-63)

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Previous Ranking: 8

This is what everyone has been waiting for. The Brewers are finally feeling the pressure, and as a result, they're now in a tie for first with the experienced Cardinals.

9. St. Louis Cardinals (73-63)

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9. St. Louis Cardinals (73-63)

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Previous Rankings: 9

The Cardinals just find ways to win games. That ability has led to earning a share of the division lead with one month left to play.

8. San Francisco Giants (74-62)

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8. San Francisco Giants (74-62)

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Previous Ranking: 11

Just when you thought the Giants were dead, they become very much alive. They're now a good bet to make the NL playoffs in one way or another.

7. Detroit Tigers (74-62)

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7. Detroit Tigers (74-62)

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Previous Ranking: 10

The Tigers have recovered, and are now within a game of the Royals. They have way more experience than Kansas City so that could give them a slight advantage down the stretch.

6. Kansas City Royals (74-61)

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6. Kansas City Royals (74-61)

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Previous Ranking: 5

The Royals are currently weathering the storm as they go through a rough patch. By the end of September everyone will know what this team is made of based on how they respond.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60)

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5. Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60)

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Previous Ranking: 4

The Dodgers are one of the best teams in the National League and are a good bet to win the NL pennant. Why are they favorites? Just look at their pitching staffs.

4. Oakland Athletics (78-58)

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4. Oakland Athletics (78-58)

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Previous Ranking: 2

It's officially time to panic in Oakland. The Athletics seem destined to play in a one-game Wild Card playoff in October and once there, it just takes one mistake to end your season.

3. Washington Nationals (77-57)

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3. Washington Nationals (77-57)

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Previous Ranking: 3

Finally, the young Nationals are hitting their stride. By now, they know how good they are and that confidence is showing each and every time they come out.

2. Baltimore Orioles (79-56)

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2. Baltimore Orioles (79-56)

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Previous Ranking: 6

The Orioles have turned it back on and are running away with the AL East. Now their goal is catching the Angels for the best record in the American League, and all of baseball.

1. Los Angeles Angels (83-53)

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1. Los Angeles Angels (83-53)

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Previous Ranking: 1

It's never been more clear that the Angels were the best team in baseball. They just swept a very talented Athletics team and are astonishingly in first place by five games heading into the season's final month.

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