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Week 26 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on September 25, 2012

Week 26 MLB Power Ranks

You will have to excuse me for missing last night's update I was too sick to function. That means I need to get my MLB and NFL rankings out tonight. So let's start with MLB shall we? That is why you are here is it not? OK, this is the last full week ranking as the season wraps up next week. I will save my final list for after the last regular season games. I know you are on the edge of your seat for that one. All records and stats will be through Monday, September 24th except for the White Sox/Indians game which is currently underway.

1. Washington Nationals (93-60) They have the best record in the game and are bringing playoff baseball to the nation's capital for the first time since 1933. That.....is a long time ago. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Cincinnati Reds (92-61) They actually clinched before the Nationals and they have the division crown to boot. The Reds should also get a spiritual boost from the return of manager Dusty Baker who was hospitalized with heart trouble last week. (LWR 2)

3. Texas Rangers (91-62) Cool story of the week. Nelson Cruz bought a fire truck for his native Dominican Republic and the Rangers are paying to have it shipped over there. Oh, and they are going to be dangerous in the playoffs again as well. (LWR 3)

4. New York Yankees (89-64) The Yanks have their largest division lead, 1 1/2 games, since September 2nd. What a race the American League East is turning out to be. (LWR 6)

5. San Francisco Giants (89-64) The Giants are the third team to wrap up a playoff spot last week by clinching the National League West. This is the team nobody is talking about and can do some serious damage in a short series with that pitching staff. (LWR 7)

6. Atlanta Braves (88-65) They aren't out of the division race yet which means the Braves and Nationals will have to play this one out down the stretch. Atlanta would love to avoid the play-in game. (LWR 5)

7. Baltimore Orioles (88-66) The O's continue to be my surprise team of the year. With all due respect to Oakland and the Nats nobody, and I mean nobody, thought that with a week of games left this team could win the division. (LWR 8)

8. Oakland Athletics (86-67) Like Baltimore I am shocked at what Oakland has done this year. Unlike Baltimore the A's are all but out of the division race. (LWR 4)

9. Los Angeles Angels (84-69) A month ago I thought they were done. No chance. With Oakland faltering the Angels could sneak up and grab that last wild card spot. (LWR 10)

10. Tampa Bay Rays (83-70) A week ago I thought they were done. No chance. Then they rip off five straight wins to hang around. I still think it is too little too late but weirder things have happened. (LWR 11)

11. Chicago White Sox (82-72) As I write this the ChiSox finished up a loss to the terrible, just utterly terrible, Cleveland Indians. The Detroit Tigers can tie for the division lead with a win tonight. (LWR 9)

12. St. Louis Cardinals (83-71) They just got word that they will be without Rafael Furcal and most likely Lance Berkman for the rest of the season. Why does that not sound like news to me? (LWR 12)

13. Detroit Tigers (81-72) As I mentioned above the Tigers can tie for the division lead with a win tonight. Someone has to win the Central and I am, still, sticking with my preseason pick of the Tigers. (LWR 13)

14. Milwaukee Brewers (79-74) As a Braves fan I have to admit that I do NOT want any part of the Brewers in a one game playoff should they overtake the Cards. (LWR 15)

15. Los Angeles Dodgers (79-74) Some people are already calling the blockbuster trade the Dodgers made last month a bust. Seems a bit premature to make that call. (LWR 14)

16. Philadelphia Phillies (77-76) They may be out of the playoff hunt but they can still end the year with a winning record. (LWR 17)

17. Arizona Diamondbacks (77-76) The DBacks followed up their division winning year with a less than stellar performance. Not a good year in the desert but not a bad year. They were due to fall back to Earth. (LWR 18)

18. Pittsburgh Pirates (75-78) At the midway point the Buccos looked like a lock to snap their streak of ineptitude. Now they need to win six of their final nine to break even. (LWR 16)

19. San Diego Padres (73-80) The Padres will try and play spoiler as they have series remaining against the Dodgers and Brewers. (LWR 19)

20. Seattle Mariners (72-81) Ichiro was AL player of the week. Wait.....Ichiro plays for the Yankees now. That's right. Seattle's offense sure could use that classic Ichiro performance. (LWR 20)

21. Kansas City Royals (70-83) Owner David Glass has gone on record saying the team will spend money this offseason on pitching. The best starter available? Zack Greinke. Weird how that worked out. (LWR 22)

22. Boston Red Sox (69-85) David Ortiz is once again clamoring for a multi-year deal. Will Boston make their best hitter happy this offseason? (LWR 24)

23. New York Mets (70-83) While the Mets record isn't very pretty it somewhat exceeded my expectations for them this year. (LWR 23)

24. Miami Marlins (66-87) Word on the street is that manager Ozzie Guillen may be fired after his first year at the helm. The losers if that happens? The Miami media. (LWR 25)

25. Toronto Blue Jays (67-86) Ricky Romero picked up his first win since June 22nd. That is one lengthy losing streak. (LWR 21)

26. Minnesota Twins (64-90) They swept the Tigers in a double-header on Sunday. So, that is good news. (LWR 27)

27. Cleveland Indians (64-91) The good news in Cleveland? The season is over next week. (LWR 26)

28. Chicago Cubs (59-94) Like the Mets this year was supposed to be a brutal one. If they show signs of improvement next year the Theo Epstein plan will be underway. (LWR 28)

29. Colorado Rockies (59-94) While they won't "catch" the Astros for the worst record in baseball you can't say they aren't trying as they just snapped a nine game losing streak. (LWR 29)

30. Houston Astros (50-104) The Astros have clinched.......the number one pick in next year's draft. (LWR 30)

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    • BeyondGS profile image

      BeyondGS 5 years ago from Ohio

      I agree about Baltimore, I never would've imagined them being neck and neck with New York this year for the division. I remember reading an article about the team losing in a charity event to a college team before the start of the season. Who wouldn've thought?

      Great job on the hub, keep up the good work!