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2015 MLB Power Rankings Week 26

Updated on September 28, 2015

MLB Power Ranks

Can't hold anything back now. It's the last week of the year. That's right boys and girls, there's sadly just one week left in the regular season. The only solace to that is playoff baseball is near and who doesn't like playoff baseball. If you don't, well, maybe you've stumbled into the wrong blog. If you do, keep reading. Here's how I rank each team with just a few games left to play.

*Note ~ Today's stats and records will include today's early game between Washington and Cincinnati.

1. St. Louis Cardinals (98-58) ~ They've seemingly had a stranglehold on the top spot for the whole season, however, they were just dealt a tough blow. Carlos Martinez was lost for the rest of the season with a shoulder sprain. The Cards certainly could've used his 3.01 ERA and 184/63 K/BB ratio. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Pittsburgh Pirates (95-61) ~ They open up a huge three-game set against the Cards starting tonight and need to sweep to avoid being the first Wild Card team. A daunting task but it is not impossible. (LWR 3)

3. Kansas City Royals (90-65) ~ Greg Holland is out for the rest of the season which means there will be a shakeup to K.C.'s 7-8-9 inning cerberus. Wade Davis and his superb 0.97 ERA and 0.82 WHIP will now handle closing duties. (LWR 2)

4. Chicago Cubs (90-65) ~ Everyone knew the Cubs were going to be good eventually but not many people expected them to be this good this soon. Chicago clinched their first playoff berth since 2008. (LWR 4)

5. Toronto Blue Jays (90-65) ~ The streak is over! Toronto has clinched a postseason berth for the first time in the Wild Card era and first since they won it all back in 1993. I'm officially rooting for them just like I rooted for Kansas City last year. (LWR 5)

6. New York Mets (89-67) ~ The Mets join the party as teams ending long playoff droughts. It's been nine years since they were last playing meaningful baseball in October but the Mets are your official 2015 National League East champions. (LWR 7)

7. Los Angeles Dodgers (87-68) ~ There's just one playoff spot left open in the NL and with a win tonight the Dodgers will lock it up. They are sending potential Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to the mound so odds are leaning a bit in their favor. (LWR 6)

8. New York Yankees (86-69) ~ Brian McCann has very quietly hit 26 homers and driven in 92 in a bounceback year in the Bronx. That's the offensive player they thought they were getting when they pried the All-Star catcher away from Atlanta. (LWR 8)

9. Texas Rangers (84-71) ~ Texas heads back home for their final seven games with a 2 1/2 game lead in the American League West. If they hang on and win the division they will join a few teams as big surprises to be playing in the postseason. (LWR 9)

10. Houston Astros (82-74) ~ All of a sudden the Astros grip on a postseason spot is anything but assured. They led the division most of the year but now lead the Los Angeles Angels by just a half game. I really hope they can pull it together this last week because they would be just behind Toronto in my rooting interests. (LWR 10)

11. Los Angeles Angels (81-74) ~ A late surge has the Angels hot on the Astros' heels and they close out the season in Texas. This team isn't out of it just yet even though I've written them off in my head for quite some time. (LWR 13)

12. Minnesota Twins (80-75) ~ Phil Hughes, who leads the team with 11 wins, has been scratched from his start tonight as he is battling a flu. With the Twins chasing Houston and LA they need every win they can get and not having their ace is not helping their cause. (LWR 12)

13. San Francisco Giants (81-74) ~ With a .1% chance of making the postseason I guess you can't count the champs out. A wise man once said "it ain't over til it's over" but it's just about over. Right? (LWR 14)

14. Washington Nationals (80-76) ~ The Nats may still have a week left before closing the book on the 2015 season but they will do it without closer Johnathon Papelbon who was suspended by the Nats for a dugout altercation with Bryce Harper. Papelbon also dropped his appeal of an MLB-appointed suspension. (LWR 11)

15. Cleveland Indians (77-77) ~ Last week they were 74-74 and anointed as only mostly dead. They haven't shown many signs of life since then. Diagnosis? Still only mostly dead, but closer to dead now. (LWR 16)

16. Baltimore Orioles (76-79) ~ With only a few games left in the season it might be the last time we see Matt Wieters in an Orioles uniform. The free agent to be is expected to command a lot of attention on the market. (LWR 15)

17. Arizona Diamondbacks (75-81) ~ Heading into the offseason it appears Arizona will boast a top 10 offense while also carrying a pitching staff that ranks in the bottom third of the league. I think they will know what to address. I mean, it's kind of obvious, no? (LWR 18)

18. Tampa Bay Rays (75-81) ~ Evan Longoria has topped 20 home runs for the seventh time in his eight-year career in Tampa Bay. The only time he was under that mark? That would be 2012 when he played in only 74 games. (LWR 17)

19. Chicago White Sox (73-83) ~ After an impressive rookie campaign in which he led the American League in slugging, Jose Abreu has seen drops across the board in batting average, slugging, OBP and OPS. Sophomore slump? The Chi Sox are certainly hoping so. (LWR 19)

20. Boston Red Sox (75-80) ~ Henry Owens picked up the win, Blake Swihart homered and Robbie Ross closed it out. In a lost season the Sox have given their youngsters some valuable time to learn at the big league level. If they plan on competing in the near future these are names they will need big things out of going forward. (LWR 22)

21. San Diego Padres (73-83) ~ All that offense the Padres acquired in the offseason didn't translate in Petco. The Padres boast the worst team batting average (.244) and OBP (.301) in all of baseball. (LWR 21)

22. Seattle Mariners (74-82) ~ Seattle has hired Jerry DiPoto to be their new general manager. Can he tweak a roster that many expected to contend in the AL this year? (LWR 20)

23. Detroit Tigers (72-83) ~ Looks like Brad Ausmus isn't a lame duck after all. GM Al Avila has gone on record saying the manager will be back for the 2016 campaign. Color me surprised. That's still a saying right? (LWR 23)

24. Colorado Rockies (66-90) ~ Their three-game sweep of the division-leading Dodgers kept them from clinching the West. A small bright spot in what has largely been a dark season in Colorado. (LWR 25)

25. Miami Marlins (69-87) ~ Justin Bour is a name this Braves fan would like to stop hearing. After he ended Shelby Miller's no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning earlier this year he feasted on Atlanta pitching over the weekend going 7-for-12 with four home runs and eight RBI as the Marlins swept away my sorry Braves. (LWR 26)

26. Oakland A's (65-91) ~ I was all kinds of excited for former teammates Barry Zito and Tim Hudson to square off one more time as they both are in the twilight of their careers. Then neither of them pitched into the third inning. What. An. Outrage. (LWR 24)

27. Milwaukee Brewers (66-90) ~ Ryan Braun is done for the year and will have back surgery in the offseason. He put together a solid year without much hullabaloo over his past PED use. (LWR 28)

28. Cincinnati Reds (63-93) ~ Joey Votto has reached base safely in 44 straight games but I bet there are Reds fans out there who think he should be driving in more runs and that he is overrated. Believe me Cincy. He's for real. (LWR 27)

29. Atlanta Braves (62-94) ~ Atlanta's -199 run differential is the worst in baseball. At least they are the best at something! (LWR 29)

30. Philadelphia Phillies (59-97) ~ You have to go all the way back to the year 2000 to find the last time Philly finished with the worst record in baseball. I was just starting my junior year of high school then. That is going back a ways. (LWR 30)

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