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Week 20 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on August 13, 2012

Week 20 Power Ranks

You can exhale. I am back with power rankings this week. Last week I took a mini vacation with the better half and didn't think it was worth doing a mid-week rank so I skipped it. My blog my rules. But don't worry, I don't think I will miss a week from here on out so take a breath, relax and see where your favorite team lands on the rankings this week. Also, please note that "last week's ranking" will reflect my ranks from TWO weeks ago. Since there weren't any last week. Sorry.

1. Washington Nationals (71-44) The Nats stay atop the ranks as they continue to have the league's best record. The real question with this team is if and when they will shut down ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg. Word on the street is he will not pitch in the postseason. That could be a mistake. (LWR 1)

2. Cincinnati Reds (69-46) The Reds continue to role without MVP-candidate Joey Votto and may be without him a bit longer as he had a setback in his recovery from knee surgery. (LWR 3)

3. New York Yankees (67-47) The Yanks ace CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day DL for the second time this season. Manager Joe Girardi claims it is for safety precautions. For the Evil Empire they better hope it isn't anything more than that. (LWR 2)

4. Texas Rangers (67-46) The Rangers replaced a struggling Roy Oswalt with Ryan Dempster at the trade deadline. With Yu Darvish's struggles the Rangers' pitching staff will be a question mark the rest of the way. (LWR 4)

5. Atlanta Braves (66-48) If not for the Nationals the Braves would be in the discussion for the top team in the NL. Last year their playoff hopes looked like a lock. This year it is much of the same. As a Braves fan I can only hope the end result is a little different than last year. (LWR 7)

6. Pittsburgh Pirates (64-50) Did any move in the offseason receive as much scrutiny as the acquisition of AJ Burnett? He has won more games (14) with Pittsburgh in an injury shortened year than he did in any year in New York. Looks like a steal for the Bucs at this point. (LWR 5)

7. San Francisco Giants (63-52) Very quietly Tim Lincecum has strung together three straight quality starts. If he comes around then this team will be dangerous in October. (LWR 8)

8. Tampa Bay Rays (62-52) They are on a season high 6-game win streak and look rejuvenated with the return of Evan Longoria. They are suddenly a mere five games back of the Yankees in the AL East. (LWR 15)

9. Chicago White Sox (62-51) AJ Pierzinski has been on a tear lately. He also made a ridiculous heads up play scoring from first on a groundout. You read that correctly. (LWR 11)

10. Los Angeles Dodgers (62-53) A mere game behind the Giants these two look poised to have a great race for the division crown. The addition of Shane Victorino also makes this quite the outfield with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. (LWR 10)

11. St. Louis Cardinals (62-53) Lance Berkman's knees are acting up again and it may be a sign that he will say his final goodbye after the season ends. If so I will see the swan song for two of my favorite players this year the other being Chipper Jones. (LWR 13)

12. Baltimore Orioles (62-53) They just will not go away. In fact, with the call-up of prospect Manny Machado they look like they aren't going to hold anything back. So far it has been useful as the 20-year-old has slugged three home runs in his first two games. (LWR 14)

13. Detroit Tigers (61-54) This might be a little low for the Tigers but everytime I rank them high they regress. You are welcome Tigers fans. (LWR 12)

14. Oakland Athletics (61-53) The A's may be sliding but they are still in a better playoff position than the much more hyped Los Angeles Angels. (LWR 9)

15. Los Angeles Angels (60-55) Mike Trout robbed a third home run. Last year no outfielder had three for the full season. Gold glove perhaps to couple with the inevitable Rookie of the Year? (LWR 6)

16. Arizona Diamondbacks (58-57) In my last rankings I was confused as to why the D'Backs acquired Chris Johnson. He has hit five home runs and driven in 18 in only 13 games. Well, this is where I eat my words. Well played Mr. Johnson. (LWR 18)

17. Boston Red Sox (57-59) How many more injuries can this team sustain? With a broken wrist suffered on a hit by pitch it looks like promising rookie Will Middlebrooks is done for the year. (LWR 17)

18. New York Mets (55-60) Since throwing the first no-hitter of his career and in Mets' history Johan Santana has not been right. Not even close. He has given up at least six runs in each of his last four starts. (LWR 20)

19. Seattle Mariners (53-63) The M's have been playing much better of late (17-12 since the break) and are heading towards respectability. This season is still lost but things aren't as bleak in the great northwest than most people think. (LWR 22)

20. Philadelphia Phillies (52-62) Like Seattle this is a lost year for the Phils. They did shed some salary before the deadline and the faithful hope that Ruben Amaro will use that to sign a big-time free agent. Michael Bourn anyone? (LWR 23)

21. Toronto Blue Jays (54-60) This was supposed to be the year the Jays contended in the AL East. Division-mate Boston might be the only other club to suffer more injuries as third baseman Brett Lawrie is now on the DL as well. (LWR16)

22. San Diego Padres (51-65) The rest of the teams down here, well, it is sort of like a crapshoot. Literal crap. At least the Padres have been playing well lately winning seen of their last nine. (LWR 26)

23. Cleveland Indians (53-62) The Indians have been the anti-Padres lately as they endured an 11-game losing streak over the last two weeks. They know it and have started unloading some of their veterans by releasing Johnny Damon and Derek Lowe. (LWR 19)

24. Miami Marlins (52-63) Typically when fish die they float to the top of the tank. These Marlins are hanging out at the bottom but I can assure you that their season is, in fact, dead. (LWR 21)

25. Milwaukee Brewers (52-61) Two weeks ago I wrote about how awful their bullpen is. Two walk-off losses to the Astros later (Houston's first two walk-off wins of the year) and they have reached a low I didn't know was possible. (LWR 24)

26. Minnesota Twins (49-65) Josh Willingham and his career-high tying 29 home runs are the only thing good about the Twins right now. At least they have that. (LWR 25)

27. Kansas City Royals (49-65) Just another typical season in KC. They have only one winning record since the strike shortened 1994 season. (LWR 27)

28. Chicago Cubs (44-69) They are 1-9 in their last 10 games and didn't drop in the ranks. What does that say about the clubs below them? (LWR 28)

29. Colorado Rockies (41-71) They are set up to have the worst season in franchise history. They lost 95 games twice. (LWR 29)

30. Houston Astros (38-78) As bad as the Cubs and Rockies are this team could be historically bad. (LWR 30)

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