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My 2016 MLB Power Rankings Week 19

Updated on August 15, 2016

MLB Power Rankings

So Alex Rodriguez is done playing baseball. He was officially released by the New York Yankees over the weekend. There are rumors swirling that the Miami Marlins may be interested in adding him to the club. There are rumors swirling that that simply won't happen. There are rumors swirling that it is imminent. So his career is done. Or it isn't. Or it is? Maybe? I don't know. Nobody knows. All I know is this intro is done.

*Note ~ All stats and records are through Sunday's games. They do not include today's afternoon tilt because, well, I'm lazy and didn't account for it.

1. Chicago Cubs (73-43) ~ The streak had to end sometime. Chicago’s 11-game winning streak came to an end this weekend at the hand of the St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago ended up losing two in a row but tell me what team wouldn’t be happy with an 11-2 stretch? None team. That’s who. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Washington Nationals (69-47) ~ Jonathan Papelbon asked for, and was given, his release last week from the Nationals. Washington, who acquired closer Mark Melancon at the deadline, apparently had no use left for the once-dominant closer. Papelbon is currently sporting a 4.37 ERA and 1.47 WHIP which would both be career highs since he became a full-time reliever back in 2006. (LWR 2)

3. Texas Rangers (69-50) ~ Sadly, Prince Fielder’s career is over. The first baseman was forced to retire after his second neck surgery. All said, he had himself one hell of a career. He spent 12 years in the bigs and was named to the All-Star team six times, finished in the top five of the MVP vote three times and wound up with 319 home runs which is the exact same number his dad Cecil hit over his career. Here’s hoping he recovers well from the surgery and can enjoy the rest of his post-baseball playing life. (LWR 3)

4. Toronto Blue Jays (67-51) ~ With Jose Bautista going back on the disabled list and Kevin Pillar already there, I bet the Jays are thrilled they acquired Melvin Upton Jr. prior to the trade deadline. Toronto leads the American League East by just a half game over Baltimore. (LWR 6)

5. Baltimore Orioles (66-51) ~ To say Pedro Alvarez had a rough adjustment to the AL would be an understatement. At the end of May, the slugger was hitting just .194 with three home runs and 11 RBI. Since the calendar flipped to June, however, he is hitting .302 with 15 homers and 31 RBI. That hot bat is helping keep the O’s near the top of their division. (LWR 4)

6. Cleveland Indians (67-48) ~ When the Indians missed out on catcher Jonathan Lucroy at the trade deadline, the common thought was the Indians would at least get outfielder Michael Brantley back to help boost the offense. Well, that dream is now dashed as well. The outfielder is slated for shoulder surgery today which will end his season. Brantley suited up just 11 times all year. (LWR 7)

7. San Francisco Giants (66-51) ~ For the past 11 games the Giants have alternated wins and losses. Talk about treading water. (LWR 5)

8. Boston Red Sox (64-52) ~ Mookie Betts padded his stats over the weekend in what is shaping up as a possible MVP season. In just his second full season, Betts is batting an impressive .313/.353/.561 with 26 home runs, 84 RBI, 91 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. With another month and a half to play you can only imagine what his final line will look like. (LWR 8)

9. Los Angeles Dodgers (65-52) ~ More pitcher injuries in L.A. Brandon McCarthy is back on the disabled list. Brett Anderson is back off. Bud Norris is expected to return shortly. Clayton Kershaw? Not so much. Despite the turnstile that is L.A.’s starting rotation, they are just a game behind the Giants in the NL West. (LWR 9)

10. Detroit Tigers (63-54) ~ Michael Fulmer is now qualified for the ERA title and his shiny 2.25 is tops in the AL. He also became the first visiting pitcher to throw a shutout against the Rangers since 1999. It’s inconceivable to think the Rangers haven’t been shut out at home by a single pitcher in 17 years. Fulmer’s instant star power is a big reason the Tigers are still in the playoff hunt. (LWR 10)

11. St. Louis Cardinals (62-56) ~ Matt Holliday is on the disabled list with a fractured thumb which could explain why the Cards are interested in the recently DFA’d Carlos Gomez. St. Louis has plenty of depth in the outfield but could GoGo be heading back to the National League Central? (LWR 14)

12. Seattle Mariners (62-54) ~ Edwin Diaz has flourished since taking over the closer’s role converting all six opportunities while allowing just one earned run in seven innings. His ability to miss bats late in games will certainly help Seattle as they try to end the longest playoff drought in baseball. (LWR 15)

13. Miami Marlins (61-56) ~ For the second year in a row Giancarlo Stanton’s season will come to an early end. A severe groin strain (ouch) has landed the outfielder on the disabled list. Stanton was pacing the Fish with 25 home runs and 70 RBI. (LWR 11)

14. Houston Astros (61-57) ~ Word on the street is that last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, Carlos Correa, has been scuffling in 2016. His .277/.370/.483 line is nearly identical to last year’s .279/.345/.512 and he is leading Houston’s offense with a team-high 82 RBI. If that’s scuffling, I fear for the rest of the AL if he figures it out. (LWR 13)

15. New York Mets (59-58) ~ Steven Matz came within five outs of the second no-hitter in Mets’ history over the weekend against the San Diego Padres. The first, famously thrown by Johan Santana, derailed the two-time Cy Young award winner’s career. New York will hope this near miss doesn’t do the same for one of their young aces. (LWR 12)

16. Pittsburgh Pirates (59-56) ~ Jameson Taillon has the makings of a star. Over his first 10 career appearances the righty has a sparkling 2.85 ERA and 1.08 WHIP which helped him churn out eight quality starts during that span. He and Tyler Glasnow are two of the reasons they felt comfortable parting ways with Francisco Liriano at the trade deadline. (LWR 16)

17. New York Yankees (60-57) ~ Out with the old and in with the new. A-Rod is gone and Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin are here. The new baby bombers also achieved something never done before in their MLB debuts. Not only did they both hit a home run in their first career at-bat, they did so back-to-back becoming the first pair of teammates to homer in their first at-bats in the same game. Baseball has been around forever and firsts are still happening. It’s part of what makes the game so much fun. (LWR 18)

18. Kansas City Royals (57-60) ~ Last season, en route to a World Series championship, Kansas City finished sixth in the American League in runs scored. This season they are dead last. That is as big a reason as any as to why the Royals do not look like they will have a chance to defend their title come October. (LWR 19)

19. Colorado Rockies (56-62) ~ David Dahl’s hitting streak to begin his MLB career ended at 17 games last week. He will have to settle for a share of the record in the modern era. I suppose there’s worse ways to start off in professional baseball. (LWR 17)

20. Philadelphia Phillies (56-63) ~ I recently found out that I will be attending a Phillies game in September as part of my bachelor party weekend. Maybe I’ll see you there. I’ll most likely be a drunk guy in an Atlanta Braves shirt/jersey. I’m sure there won’t be many of us there. (LWR 21)

21. Chicago White Sox (56-61) ~ The search for win number 15 continues for Chris Sale. After starting the season 14-2, Sale is 0-4 in his last six starts while allowing 20 earned runs in 40 2/3 innings. A 4.43 ERA over six starts isn’t horrible, but it is uncharacteristic of Chicago’s ace. He will get his next shot at number 15 at home Saturday against a less than impressive Oakland A’s squad. (LWR 20)

22. Milwaukee Brewers (52-64) ~ Johnathan Villar is just four stolen bases away from becoming the fourth player in Brewers’ history to swipe 50 bags in a season. He won’t catch Tommy Haper’s record 73 set back in 1969 but it’s certainly noteworthy in a season in which stolen bases are a lost art. (LWR 23)

23. Oakland A’s (52-66) ~ Khris Davis may have an ugly .294 OBP, but he has already established career-highs with 30 home runs and 75 RBI. He has a shot to reach 40 and 100 on the year. Still not sure why Milwaukee gave this guy up. (LWR 24)

24. San Diego Padres (50-67) ~ Brandon Morrow is back in the big leagues. The veteran was recalled from AAA last week and threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. The oft-injured Morrow hadn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since May 2015. (LWR 25)

25. Los Angeles Angels (49-68) ~ Ten losses in a row for the Halos and they are now near the bottom of the American League. Mike Trout, arguably the best position player in the game, will miss the playoffs yet again and one has to wonder if he would be open to a trade if things don’t turn around soon. (LWR 22)

26. Cincinnati Reds (48-68) ~ Raisel Iglesias was Cincy’s Opening Day starter this year. Last week he picked up his first career save. He has said he wants to be the closer going forward. Considering just how volatile the Reds’ bullpen has been they can use all the help they can get. (LWR 26)

27. Tampa Bay Rays (47-69) ~ Brad Miller has come alive in Tampa. The former top prospect in Seattle now has 22 home runs on the year which is more than he hit in 2014 and 2015 combined with the Mariners. He will be arbitration eligible at the end of the year and is due for a big raise from the league minimum. (LWR 28)

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (48-69) ~ A.J. Pollack has been rehabbing from a fractured elbow and is expected to return to Arizona before the season’s end. While I can understand he wants to get back to playing at the highest level, there is no reason for him to rush his rehab. The D’backs aren’t going anywhere in 2016. (LWR 27)

29. Minnesota Twins (47-71) ~ Since inheriting the closer’s role back in early June, Brandon Kintzler has been spectacular. He has held opponents to a .253 batting average against while allowing just four earned runs in 24 innings. He’s also converted 11 of 12 save opportunities. (LWR 29)

30. Atlanta Braves (44-74) ~ The National nightmare is over. The Braves picked up their first win in D.C. since 2014 when they beat Washington Friday night. It snapped a 14-game road losing streak versus the Nats. They promptly lost the next two starting up a whole new streak. Go Barves! (LWR 30)

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