30. Washington Nationals (Last week #30, +0): The Nationals continue to stink up the joint. They have lost four in a row and still hold the worst record in baseball.
29. Seattle Mariners (Last week #29, +0): With a
.381 winning percentage, a three game losing streak, and trailing the
Angels by 29.5 games, the Mariners are still stuck as one of the worst
teams in the Majors.
28. San Diego Padres (Last week #28, +0): What I
could write about the Padres would pretty much be on the same lines of
what I wrote for the Nationals and the Mariners. The Padres are simply a bad team that isn’t improving.
27. San Francisco Giants (Last week #27, +0): The
Giants have a modest two game winning streak going and have won 6 of
their last 10 games. However, they are still 16 games under .500 and
trail the Diamondbacks by 9 games.
26. Cincinnati Reds (Last week #24, -2): The Reds
have lost six in a row, the longest losing streak in baseball and are
1-9 in the last 10 games. They traded away Ken Griffey Jr. two weeks
ago and dealt slugger Adam Dunn today, thus losing essentially all of
their offensive production.
25. Cleveland Indians (Last week #26, +1): The Indians are playing well lately. They have a three game winning streak and are now “only” 13 games back in the division.
24. Colorado Rockies (Last week #25, -1): After
showing signs of possibly making another late playoff run, the Rockies
have tapered off a bit and have dropped two in a row and six of their
23. Pittsburgh Pirates (Last week #23, +0): The
Pirates are 10 games under .500 and aren’t getting better. They are
4-6 in their last 10 and have no chance of making the playoffs.
22. Oakland Athletics (Last week #19, -3): The
A’s are sinking in the Power Rankings and the standings very fast.
They have a two game losing streak and are 1-9 in their last 10 games.
21. Kansas City Royals (Last week #21, +0): Over
the last couple of weeks the Royals have played .500 baseball. They
are having one of their strongest seasons in the last few years, but
that still isn’t good enough as they play in one of the toughest
divisions in the MLB.
20. Atlanta Braves (Last week #22, +2): The Braves
are simply just a bad team. They cannot hold onto winning streaks nor
have they shown any improvement after the Mark Teixeira trade.
19. Baltimore Orioles (Last week #20, +1): The Orioles are playing better baseball as of late and are now 56-60 and trail the Blue Jays by just 2 games.
18. Toronto Blue Jays (Last week #16, -2): The Blue Jays have lost three in a row and are barely avoiding dropping to last place in the American League East.
17. Detroit Tigers (Last week #17, +0): For about
the fifth straight week, the Tigers cannot get away from the .500
mark. At the end of each week they are either one game over or one
game under .500. Right now they are one game under.
16. Houston Astros (Last week #18, +2): The Astros are very hot right now. They have won four in a row and eight of the last 10.
15. Los Angeles Dodgers (Last week #15, +0): The Dodgers have lost two in a row and still remain in second place in the NL West.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (Last week #14, +0): The
Diamondbacks are in first place by 1.5 games and with the acquisition of
Adam Dunn, Arizona received a player they desperately needed, a
left-handed power hitter.
13. New York Mets (Last week #12, -1): The
Mets, who just a few weeks ago were really showing that they can be a
playoff team, have fallen off track and are now 2.5 games back.
12. Texas Rangers (Last week #13, +1): Assuming the Angels don’t suffer a collapse that would go into the record books, the Rangers will not be winning the AL West this season
11. Florida Marlins (Last week #11, +0): The Marlins are still playing pretty well and are tied for second place in the NL East.
10. New York Yankees (Last week #7, -3): The
Yankees have lost three in a row, six of their last 10, and 10 of their
last 15 and are yet again falling back in their playoff hunt.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (Last week #10, +1): The Cardinals are sinking fast and are now seven games behind the Cubs and 3.5 behind the Brewers.
8. Philadelphia Phillies (Last week #9, +1): The Phillies have won two in a row, remain in first place in the division, and continue to play well on both the road and home. When you add that all up, you have a playoff team.
7. Minnesota Twins (Last week #5, -2): Although the Twins have lost their short run as division leaders, they remain hot and are just 1.5 games behind the Red Sox for the Wild Card.
6. Chicago White Sox (Last week #6, +0): The White Sox have retaken the lead in the Central and are looking strong as the season winds down.
5. Boston Red Sox (Last week #4, -1): The Red Sox have hit some minor bumps in the road lately but are just 4.5 games behind the Rays and have the lead in the Wild Card race.
4. Milwaukee Brewers (Last week #8, +4): The Brewers are the hottest team in baseball right now. They have won six in a row and eight of their last 10. They are running smoothly and have a 3.5 game lead ahead of the Cardinals in the Wild Card hunt.
3. Chicago Cubs (Last week #3, +0): The Cubs have the third best record in baseball and are 7-3 in their last 10. If they can keep up their great play they will be the NL Central champs and will be a scary presence in October.
2. Tampa Bay Rays (Last week #2, +0): The Rays have won three straight games, eight of their last 10, and have a strong 4.5 game lead in their division.
1. Los Angeles Angels (Last week #1, +0): The Angels continue to plow over their opponents with ease. They are 7-3 in their last 10, have won four in a row, and for the fourth straight week remain in the number one spot in the Power Rankings