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Week 24 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on September 10, 2012

Week 24 MLB Power Ranks

Is it wrong that I am currently watching the Bengals-Ravens game as I sit down to write my latest MLB power rankings? I didn't think so either. While football season is finally upon us the baseball season is starting to wind down. This is the time where the legit contenders will separate themselves from the pack. There is no more margin for error. With about 25 games left this is do or die time. Let's take a look at the teams that are doing and those, less fortunate that are dying.

***Note:I will be doing NFL power rankings as well. On Tuesdays. If you are interested in those as well I suggest you stop on by tomorrow night.

1. Washington Nationals (86-54) Well, it finally happened. The Nats shut down stud pitcher Stephen Strasburg. While I don't agree with the decision the team should still be fine as they would lead the league in ERA even without Strasburg. They are one of the more complete teams in the league. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Cincinnati Reds (84-57) The Reds almost moved out of the number two spot again this week. Only this time it would have been down one rung. They maintain the number two spot, however, as they run away with the NL Central with the largest division lead (8 1/2 games) in all of baseball. (LWR 2)

3. Texas Rangers (83-57) The Rangers continue to sit atop what is turning out to be the best division in all of baseball in the AL West. They will hope the third time is the charm as they look poised to make another deep run in October. (LWR 3)

4. Atlanta Braves (81-60) Last week the Braves had three consecutive shutouts. That brought back memories of the Glavine/Maddux/Smoltz days for this Braves fan. (LWR 7)

5. Oakland Athletics (79-60) The A's continue to roll and currently sit with the 2nd best record in the AL. I don't think anyone, including GM Billy Beane, saw this coming. (LWR 5)

6. New York Yankees (79-61) The Yanks just split an all-important series with Baltimore to even the season series. That means if there is a tie the division title goes to the team with the best division record. (LWR 4)

7. Baltimore Orioles (78-62) Regardless of whether they make the playoffs or not, if Buck Showalter is not the Manager of the Year I am calling shenanigans. Not just because it is fun to say, but because it will be true. Shenanigans. Say it and tell me you didn't giggle. Liar. (LWR 6)

8. San Francisco Giants (79-61) The Giants have a 5 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers an an extremely favorable schedule the rest of the way out. Only one series left against a team over .500. That team? The aforementioned Dodgers. (LWR 8)

9. Tampa Bay Rays (77-63) The enigma that is BJ Upton had the third three-homer game in Tampa Bay history yesterday. The Rays will be dangerous if they sneak into the playoffs. LWR 10)

10. Los Angeles Angels (77-63) The Angels have been playing like we all thought they would by winning 11 of their last 12 to get back in the thick of things in the AL. With all the big names that migrated to LA this season (both AL and NL) it would be stunning if both teams missed the playoffs. (LWR 14)

11. St. Louis Cardinals (75-65) The had a subpar week losing ground to the hard charging Milwaukee Brewers but maintain their lead for the second wild card spot. I won't count the champs out until they are mathematically eliminated. (LWR 10)

12. Chicago White Sox (75-64) The White Sox have a huge four game set against the Detroit Tigers this week. Whoever comes out of that series will have the upper hand in the AL Central. (LWR 11)

13. Detroit Tigers (73-66) Did you read what I said about the White Sox? Ditto that here. (LWR 12)

14. Los Angeles Dodgers (74-67) Reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his start against the Giants this weekend. That loss may be crucial to the Dodgers playoff hopes. (LWR 14)

15. Pittsburgh Pirates (72-67) They were just swept by the lowly Chicago Cubs. That is not going to help their playoff chances. At this point breaking the 19-year streak of consecutive losing seasons is in jeopardy. (LWR 15)

16. Philadelphia Phillies (69-71) Believe it or not the Phillies have crept back into the wild card discussion. They are 8-2 in their last 10 and are only six games out of the second wild card spot. (LWR 18)

17. Milwaukee Brewers (69-71) Believe it of not the Brewers have crept back into the wild card discussion. They are 15-5 in their last 20 and are only six games out of the second wild card spot. (LWR 19)

18. Arizona Diamondbacks (69-72) The Diamondbacks are closer to 4th place then they are to 2nd. Things have gone south our west for the defending division champs. (LWR 16)

19. Seattle Mariners (67-74) The last place Mariners have a better record than five other American League teams. Too bad none of them are in the AL West. (LWR 17)

20. San Diego Padres (66-75) Chase Headley has a career high 27 homers and leads the NL in RBI with 102. No Padre has led the league in RBI since Dave Winfield in 1979. Thank you ESPN for not making me look that one up. (LWR 20)

21. New York Mets (65-75) The best news the Mets got this week was that Chipper Jones will never play in their stadium again. There isn't a player who has killed the Mets more than Chipper over the last two decades. (LWR 21)

22. Toronto Blue Jays (64-75) The Jays swept the downtrodden Boston Red Sox to take over 4th place in the division. Their goal from here on out? Avoid the basement. (LWR 23)

23. Kansas City Royals (63-77) Kansas City may not have been ready for the expectations laid out for them this year but they look well on their way to a solid 3rd place finish in the AL Central. (LWR 24)

24. Miami Marlins (63-78) Giancarlo Stanton is one home run shy of his career high (34) and that is in only 111 games. Did I mention that he is 22 years old? He is going to terrorize the NL for the next 15 years. (LWR 25)

25. Boston Red Sox (63-78) Has there been a bigger disappointment this year than the Red Sox? If there is I have no idea what it could be. (LWR 22)

26. Cleveland Indians (59-81) The Indians woeful season is almost over. At least Clevelanders....Clevelandians.....I don't know.....have the Browns to look forward to....oh, wait....basketball isn't far off so the Cavs should be...oh, right. Boy is Cleveland a dark place for sports fans. (LWR 26)

27. Minnesota Twins (58-82) The first team in the AL to assure themselves of a losing record. At least the Twins are first in something. (LWR 28)

28. Colorado Rockies (56-83) The Rockies followed up a nice stretch with a five game losing streak. But hey, Troy Tulowitzki is set to return this week. (LWR 27)

29. Chicago Cubs (54-86) Jeff Samardzija may have finished 9-13 but he had an excellent 3.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 180 strikeouts in 174 innings in his first season as a starter. He should be a solid number two for the Cubs next year. (LWR 29)

30. Houston Astros (44-96) There is a real chance the Astros hit 100 losses this week. Things can't get much worse in Houston. (LWR 30)

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