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2013 MLB Power Rankings Week 20

Updated on August 26, 2013

MLB Power Ranks Week 20

Twenty weeks in. Did I read that correct? I almost can't believe it myself. Then again, there are only 30-some odd games per team remaining before the postseason rolls around. Ah, playoff baseball. Right around the corner. While some playoff spots have spirited races others are all but handed out. The top three teams that will come below are almost all but assured of playing in October. But what about the rest of the teams jockeying for position? Well, I guess it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. I meant you. Not the teams fighting. No, they can't sit back and relax unless they want to watch the playoffs from home like you orme. You sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. And my latest power rankings while you're at it.

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

1. Atlanta Braves (78-52) ~ They did not have a good week as they went 2-4 but the bigger loss is that of Jason Heyward to a broken jaw that will sideline him at least the rest of the regular season. That could be a serious blow to the Braves' title hopes. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (76-54) ~ The man, the myth, the legen Vin Scully has announced that he will return next year for his 65th season calling games for the Dodgers. Most people retire at 65. (LWR 2)

3. Detroit Tigers (77-53) ~ Miguel Cabrera is only four home runs behind Chris Davis for the chance to win an unprecedented second consecutive triple crown. I wouldn't even know what to say if that happens. (LWR 3)

4. Boston Red Sox (77-55) ~ This season, if you can go on the road and win a series in Chavez Ravine lie the Sox just did, well, boy howdy that's an accomplishment. (LWR 4)

5. Tampa Bay Rays (74-54) ~ The additions of Delmon Young (yes that Delmon Young) and David DeJesus afford Tampa the opportunity to move Ben Zobrist to 2nd base and have a nice platoon in right field. I like those moves a lot. (LWR 6)

6. St. Louis Cardinals (76-54) ~ Don't look now but the Cards have caught up to Pittsburgh after taking three of four against the first place Braves. This National League Central race is going to go down to the wire. (LWR 7)

7. Pittsburgh Pirates (76-54) ~ I don't think Francisco Liriano is getting enough pub for what he has brought to the 'burgh this year. He has already tied his career high in wins (14) and his 2.74 ERA is nearly half of last year's 5.34. The steal of the offseason folks. (LWR 5)

8. Texas Rangers (75-55) ~ Mid-season acquisition Matt Garza has allowed at least four runs in each of his last five outings after allowing four or more runs just three times in his first 11 starts of the season. (LWR 8)

9. Cincinnati Reds (74-57) ~ Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto continue to get on base at a high clip and Brandon Phillips continues to drive them in. Its' a nice thing the Reds have going. Oh, and they are only two and a half back in the Central. (LWR 10)

10. Baltimore Orioles (70-59) ~ Adam Jones has been sizzling of late with 13 hits in his last nine games including three long balls, 10 driven in and a couple stolen bases to boot. Chris Davis is getting all the attention but Jones is putting up a stellar season himself. (LWR 11)

11. Oakland A's (72-57) ~ With John Jaso and Derek Norris nursing injuries the A's welcome back Kurt Suzuki for some catching depth. (LWR 9)

12. Cleveland Indians (71-59) ~ Last season's squad won 69 games. This year the Tribe have already passed that total and are competing for a wild card berth. All hail Tito. (LWR 13)

13. New York Yankees (69-61) ~ Two weeks ago I had the Yanks completely written off. Now they sit just three and a half back of a wild card spot and they are surging. Can they get Mo into the postseason one last time? (LWR 14)

14. Arizona Diamondbacks (66-63) ~ The D'Backs couldn't withstand the surge that LA put forth and seem destined for a second place finish in the NL West. (LWR 15)

15. Kansas City Royals (65-64) ~ Last week I praised the royals and then they followed that up with a 1-5 showing. Sorry about that KC. (LWR 12)

16. Washington Nationals (65-65) ~ The late surge they have been on is going to be just that: late. The Nats are still 13 games behind Atlanta in the division. (LWR 16)

17. Colorado Rockies (61-71) ~ Troy Tulowitzki is experiencing sore ribs which is not a good sign. In a season that is already over one has to wonder if the Rockies will shut him down and wait until next year. (LWR 17)

18. San Diego Padres (59-71) ~ If you told me that the Padres would finish the year with a better record than the Los Angeles Angels I would have laughed in your face. San Diego may be the ones laughing in a few weeks about that. (LWR 19)

19. Seattle Mariners (59-70) ~ Do you know who else could (and I think will) finish with a better record than the Angels? Their division rival Mariners. Boy do I hope that happens. (LWR 20)

20. Toronto Blue Jays (58-73) ~ Losing Jose Bautista to the disabled list is the icing on the cake of this lost season North of the border. (LWR 18)

21. New York Mets (58-70) ~ This news happened today but I would be remiss if I didn't mention it. Cy Young contender Matt Harvey has a partially torn UCL which may lead to Tommy John surgery. Say it ain't so Mets. (LWR 21)

22. Philadelphia Phillies (59-71) ~ The Phils have shown some life this past week under new interem manager Ryne Sandberg. That and Roy Halladay is back for a few starts down the stretch before he heads into free agency. (LWR 27)

23. Los Angeles Angels (58-71) ~ Rumor has it that manager Mike Scoscia and general manager Jerry DiPoto are both in danger of losing their jobs during the offseason. Things have not gone well for Arte Moreno and company these past two years. (LWR 23)

24. San Francisco Giants (58-72) ~ For the first time in his nine-year career pitcher Matt Cain has landed on the DL. I have never seen a pitching staff implode the way San Fran's has this year. (LWR 22)

25. Minnesota Twins (57-72) ~ The Twins have a big decision to make with the concussed Joe Mauer. Do they shift him to first base next year? His value would take a dip with the move but his health is the real concern for the Twins. (LWR 24)

26. Milwaukee Brewers (57-73) ~ Ryan Braun finally admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. I am willing to bet that nobody cares what he has to say anymore. (LWR 25)

27. Chicago White Sox (54-75) ~ Jordan Danks homered in support of his brother John last week. Talk about cool. Not as cool as the Griffey's going back-to-back but still pretty cool. (LWR 28)

28. Chicago Cubs (55-75) ~ Just remember Cubs fans....trust in Theo. (LWR 26)

29. Miami Marlins (49-80) ~ Jose Fernandez has accounted for more tha 20 percent of the teams wins (10) while posting a stellar 2.30 ERA and 1.002 WHIP. Kid can't even buy a beer yet and he is dominating the Majors. (LWR 29)

30. Houston Astros (43-86) ~ Still the only team to clinch a losing record this year. I have a feeling the Fish will join them in next week's rankings. (LWR 30)

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