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2013 MLB Power Rankings Week 17

Updated on August 5, 2013

MLN Power Ranks Week 17

So how about all that Biogenesis madness that is going on? Suspensions handed out to key players like Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers to name a few that could have a direct impact on how teams finish the year. That means it has a direct impact on my power rankings. If you have been following the story all year and especially all day today like I have then my best guess is you are sick of it. All you want is some baseball news that isn't about suspensions or Alex Rodriguez or Anthony Bosch. Well, you're in luck. I have just that right here for you. Right now.

*Note ~ As always stats and records are through Sunday's games.

1. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-44) ~ Ladies and Gentlemen we have a power rankings first. The Pittsburgh Pirates top my list for the first time since I have been doing these and may top others around the country for the first time in the last 20 years. Yep, it's been that long since it's been this good in the Steel City, at least on the baseball front. (Last Week's Ranking 3)

2. Tampa Bay Rays (66-45) ~ I mean, why not? The Rays are scorching and may trail Boston in the uber competitive American League East but only by a game. Plus, I think Tampa is the better of the two. (LWR 2)

3. Boston Red Sox (68-45) ~ I am a big fan of the deal Boston pulled off to bring in Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox. He may not be the Cy Young contender he was in San Diego anymore but he is certainly a frontline starter and one that the Sox sorely needed. (LWR 4)

4. Atlanta Braves (67-45) ~ Atlanta is on a 10-game winning streak and actually hasn't lost since the Waffle House opened at Turner Field. During the streak they have opened up a commanding 12 1/2 game lead on the Wahington Nationals who they open a three-game set with tonight. (LWR 5)

5. St. Louis Cardinals (65-45) ~ They were in danger of losing the top spot last week and then dropped four of five against the Pirates and lost Yadier Molina to the disabled list. The Cards are still a great team, they have just hit a rough, really rough, patch. (LWR 1)

6. Oakland A's (64-47) ~ I bet there isn't one heart in Oakland that broke when MLB handed down the 50-game suspension to Nelson Cruz. C'mon, you knew there would be some mention of Biogenesis in here. Didn't you? (LWR 6)

7. Detroit Tigers (64-45) ~ The sore hip that has hampered MVP Miguel Cabrera lately has to bee a little worrisome for Jim Leyland and the rest of the Tigers. (LWR 8)

8. Los Angeles Dodgers (61-49) ~ LA has won a club record 14 consecutive games on the road. That is impressive. As is this team right now. (LWR 10)

9. Baltimore Orioles (61-51) ~ Not only are the O's six and a half games out of the division they have fallen out of the Wild Card spots as well. Who just passed them you might ask? (LWR 9)

10. Cleveland Indians (62-49) ~ This team did. Cleveland has won nine of their last 10 and haven't been able to make up any ground on the equally hot division leading Tigers. (LWR 12)

11. Cincinnati Reds (61-51) ~ Boy did they just take a beating at the hands of the Cardinals being outscored 31-13 in the three game set. At least they weren't swept. (LWR 7)

12. Texas Rangers (62-50) ~ Manager Ron Washington became the all-time wins leader in franchise history Sunday night earning win number 582. Congrats Ron. (LWR 11)

13. Kansas City Royals (56-52) ~ Believe it or not Cleveland and Detroit aren't the only AL Central teams to have won nine of their last 10. Add KC into that bunch. They may have a chance at the Wild Card but I don't think they can catch Detroit for the division. (LWR 17)

14. New York Yankees (57-53) ~ Hey, did you hear Alex Rodriguez was suspended until the end of the 2014 season due to his connections with Biogenesis? Oh, you did? I thought for sure I would be the one to break that story. (LWR 13)

15. Washington Nationals (54-57) ~ If the Nats have any shot, and I mean any shot, at winning the division they need to sweep Atlanta. Anything else might be too little too late at this point. (LWR 15)

16. Arizona Diamondbacks (56-55) ~ Ian Kennedy may not have been having a great season but I don't like this trade. That means the D'Backs will have to rely on the likes of Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs to get them to the postseason. I don't see it happening. (LWR 14)

17. Colorado Rockies (52-61) ~ Carlos Gonzalez may be going on the disabled list. If that is the case the Rockies can officially kiss this season goodbye. (LWR 16)

18. San Diego Padres (52-60) ~ Why not stick with the NL West theme? I bet you'll never guess who is coming up next. (LWR 24)

19. Seattle Mariners (52-59) ~ If you thought it was going to be the San Francisdo Giants you would be wrong. Ha! In real Seattle news, however, Tom Wilhelmsen has lost his closer's job for the second time this season. This time it might be for good. (LWR 20)

20. Toronto Blue Jays (51-60) ~ One of these weeks I am going to have to officially give up on the Blue Jays. This might be that week. (LWR 18)

21. Philadelphia Phillies (50-61) ~ The Phils have lost nine of their last 10 to officially let out the last of the air in the high hopes balloon. (LWR 19)

22. Los Angeles Angels (51-59) ~ The Angles have scored the ninth most runs in all of baseball this season. The problem? They have given up the fourth most in all of baseball. (LWR 23)

23. San Francisco Giants (49-61) ~ Oh how the mighty have fallen. The defending World Series champs will be watching the playoffs from the same spot as me this year. On the couch. (LWR 21)

24. New York Mets (49-60) ~ Losing David Wright for the next three to five weeks due to a groin injury is huge. New York doesn't have a lot to play for and now with their best player out there is not much reason to watch. (LWR 25)

25. Chicago Cubs (49-62) ~ The rebuild is on. Junior Lake is already up. How long before prospect Mike Olt gets the call? (LWR 22)

26. Minnesota Twins (48-60) ~ I think this is almost by default. The remaining four teams are just plain bad. The Twins? Well, they are the best of the bad. I suppose. (LWR 26)

27. Milwaukee Brewers (47-64) ~ Milwaukee is actually in danger of becoming the worst team in the NL as they are only three back of Miami in the loss column. So, there's something to shoot for. (LWR 27)

28. Miami Marlins (43-67) ~ They have ridden the young arm of Jose Fernandez out of the power ranking cellar. He set a rookie franchise record with his 14-strikeout performance in his last outing. Kid is impressive. (LWR 30)

29. Chicago White Sox (40-69) ~ The Sox are mired in a 10-game losing streak and did not sell off any of their veterans at the deadline. That is a huge, huge mistake. (LWR 28)

30. Houston Astros (36-74) ~ Erik Bedard at $1.15M is the highest player on Houston's roster. There are no words for that. (LWR 29)

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    • BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image

      BLACKANDGOLDJACK 3 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      Go Pirates!

      I just hope they can keep it up. They should be able to make the playoffs even if they stumble a bit. I don't know about beating out the Cards for the division, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Reds get hot.

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      Rich 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      If they play .500 ball the rest of the way it puts them in the 92-93 win range so they should be a lock for the playoffs. It's exciting, I am certainly rooting for them.

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      Jimmy Winkelman 3 years ago

      The only thing holding back the Tribe is the Tigers. If they Tigers have a period of time where they struggle(similar to what the Indians did earlier) they should have a great chance to catch them for the division. Even if they can't hopefully they can start catching up in the wildcard.

      Roll Tribe!

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