Top MLB Power Rankings Undefeated Week Launches A’s into the Top 5
With the MLB season entering its final month, playoff races around the league are beginning to heat up.
Remaining schedules are starting to figure more prominently, as contenders look to make up ground by beating up on some of the lowly teams, and those teams in turn look to play spoiler.
With that, here are this week’s MLB power rankings. Be sure to check back here each Monday morning for an updated look at where your favorite team stands.
5. San Francisco Giants (76-58, Previous: 8)
The Giants remain atop the NL West, as another good week extended their lead over the Dodgers to 4.5 games. The two teams meet up for a big three-game series in San Francisco this weekend.
Catcher Buster Posey continues to lead the offensive charge, as he’s hitting .396 BA, 9 HR, 40 RBI since the All-Star break. His .330 BA, 19 HR, 85 RBI line makes him a legitimate NL MVP candidate, and with Andrew McCutchen struggling in August, he could be viewed as the front-runner as of now.
4. Oakland Athletics (76-57, Previous: 13)
It’s still hard to believe, but it looks as though it is time to consider the A’s a legitimate contender as they made a big move in the standings again this past week and are now 33-14 since the All-Star break.
Chris Carter has given the offense a huge boost, hitting 14 HR with 33 RBI in just 51 games and filling what was a glaring hole at first base. Left-hander Brett Anderson has also been a big addition, as he’s gone 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three starts since returning from injury.
3. Texas Rangers (79-54, Previous: 3)
he Rangers have seen their lead in the AL West trimmed to just three games, as the surging A’s are closing on them and the Angels are only 8.5 games back.
Jurickson Profar provided the highlight of the week. The 19-year-old phenom homered in his first big league at bat. He’ll look to keep providing a spark, as the Rangers attempt to extend their lead with 13 of their next 19 games against teams with losing records before squaring off against the A’s seven times in their last 10 games.
2. Washington Nationals (81-52, Previous: 1)
Already up 6.5 games in the NL East, the Nationals have a chance to put things out of reach as their next 10 games are against the Cubs, Marlins and Mets.
Much has been made of how John Lannan will likely step into Stephen Strasburg’s rotation spot once he’s shut down, but the team could turn to another veteran left-hander in Zach Duke. The former Pirate went 15-5 with a 3.51 ERA at Triple-A this year and was among the team’s September call-ups.
1. Cincinnati Reds (82-53, Previous: 2)
Up 9.5 games in the NL Central, the Reds hold the biggest division lead in baseball despite the fact that the Cardinals have come on strong of late and the Pirates have played well all season.
With 12 games left (combined) against the Cubs, Marlins, Astros and Phillies, it should be relatively smooth sailing to the NL Central crown as they turn their sights toward a lengthy postseason run. It can’t be overstated how well the Reds have played without Joey Votto and how scary his return could make them in October.