MLB Power Rankings: AL wild-card race gets even crazier
MLB Power Rankings - Week 21
There are seven teams vying for one wild-card spot in the AL, while the Cubs *still* cannot run away with the NL Central.
30. Philadelphia Phillies
Maybe they should've called Rhys Hoskins up earlier? He's on pace for 99 HRs over a 162-game pace. Obviously won't keep that up, but still, the kid is incredible.
Last week: 30
29. San Francisco Giants
Why on Earth are they among the leaders to try to trade for Giancarlo Stanton right now? Season is over and his value/cost may never be higher. Timing makes no sense for a club on pace for 100 losses.
Last week: 28
28. Cincinnati Reds
Poor Reds fans won't even get to watch Luis Castillo soon, as he's closing in on his innings limit.
Last week: 27
27. Chicago White Sox
The final month of the season will be a whole lot less interesting if Nicky D and Moncada stay sidelined for a while.
Last week: 29
26. San Diego Padres
Cory Spangenberg has slumped of late, but still has a .290/.360/.524 (.884 OPS) slash line in the second half.
Last week: 23
25. Detroit Tigers
Still surprised they haven't traded Verlander yet.
Last week: 25
24. New York Mets
Yoenis Cespedes has more hamstring injuries than Jason Kipnis.
Last week: 24
23. Oakland A's
Coming off a sweep of the Rangers and showing they can be a serious spoiler in the season's final month.
Last week: 26
22. Atlanta Braves
Remember when Dansby Swanson was a thing? He's hitting .315 in August, but still only at .228 on the season with a ghastly .639 OPS.
Last week: 22
21. Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Donaldson is back to being a superstar, but it's come far too late for the Blue Jays.
Last week: 21
20. Pittsburgh Pirates
Season's not over yet and they have 7 games vs. Cubs over next 11 days to help them out.
Last week: 19
19. Tampa Bay Rays
Yet another team that is somehow still alive in the playoff race.
Last week: 18
18. Kansas City Royals
One of seven teams competing for the final AL wild-card spot and they have the worst run differential of all those squads (-46).
Last week: 14
17. Texas Rangers
In so many ways, it's been a disastrous year for the Rangers and they were clear sellers at the deadline, but they're still only 3 games out of the wild card playoff.
Last week: 16
16. Baltimore Orioles
Enter the week on a four-game winning streak after sweeping the Red Sox over the weekend.
Last week: 20
15. St. Louis Cardinals
They just refuse to go away.
Last week: 13
14. Seattle Mariners
Badly want to see them playing in October, but five errors in one inning doesn't look like a playoff team.
Last week: 15
13. Los Angeles Angels
Will Mike Trout ever get into the playoffs??
Last week: 12
12. Minnesota Twins
The rebuilding Minnesota Twins with a -28 run differential are the second wild card in the AL. Wow. But give Byron Buxton a lot of credit for their recent charge.
Last week: 11
11. Milwaukee Brewers
Starting to surge at just the right time?
Last week: 10
10. Miami Marlins
The hottest team in baseball with the hottest hitter on the planet, but they're still not quite in the NL wild card race.
Last week: 17
9. Chicago Cubs
Sure, they only went 3-3 on the road trip, but they've won 6 of their last 9, which is a pretty nice record over the last 10 days.
Last week: 8
8. Colorado Rockies
Mark Reynolds has put up some good seasons in the past, but this is his best yet and it's coming at age 34.
Last week: 6
7. New York Yankees
The division is in sight with Starlin Castro back and mashing.
Last week: 9
6. Boston Red Sox
Don't look now, but the Red Sox are only 2.5 games up in the division now.
5. Arizona Diamondbacks
They're just fighting to host the Rockies in the one-game wild card.
Last week: 7
4. Cleveland Indians
The second-hottest team in baseball is coming hard for the No. 3 spot and they finally look like they've hit their stride. (Just at the right time, too.)
Last week: 5
3. Washington Nationals
At this point, all they have to worry about is getting healthy over the next five weeks.
Last week: 3
2. Houston Astros
Can't play in Houston with the weather, thus adding more uncertainty and instability to a team that has had plenty of adversity in the second half.
Last week: 2
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
They have 91 wins and it's not even September yet.
Last week: 1