MLB Power Rankings: Panda sighting at AT&T; youth movement for A's
From 30 to 1
The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, and rosters for the most part are set (records are through Sunday)...
30) Phillies (40-69)
Bright sign for this club: Young right-hander Aaron Nola has taken a definite step forward in his third season.
29) Giants (44-69)
There’s been a Panda sighting at AT&T Park! Unfortunately, this season brings few other reminders of World Series glory.
28) White Sox (41-68)
They sold off some more pieces at the deadline and added to what’s already an incredibly deep farm system.
27) Reds (45-66)
Does the batting practice take place before the game or during it? Reds’ major league-worst ERA is 5.24.
26) Padres (49-61)
Their 14-11 July record was their first winning month of the season. Small victories …
25) A’s (50-62)
Unlike past two summers, at least this post-deadline period holds some interest with all the young players getting a shot.
24) Mets (49-60)
New York fans looking for stretch-run excitement will have to focus on that team in the Bronx.
23) Braves (51-59)
The Great Freddie Freeman Experiment ended quickly, as Atlanta moved its franchise player from third base back to first.
22) Tigers (51-59)
Justin Verlander reportedly cleared waivers, but any team interested in trading for him better have around $56 million in change laying around.
21) Blue Jays (52-59)
They are hands down the best last-place team in the major leagues. Is there a trophy for this?
20) Twins (53-56)
These guys are trending the wrong way, leaving the AL Central a two-team race between the Indians and Royals.
19) Pirates (54-57)
Pittsburgh held on to franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen at the trade deadline. That should hold fans over until the Steelers’ season opener.
18) Rangers (53-58)
Are you a Texas fan who’s upset about your team trading its rotation star? We don’t blame Yu.
17) Marlins (52-57)
When Giancarlo Stanton is healthy, he produces big numbers (what a concept!). He’ll easily notch the first 40-HR season of his career.
16) Orioles (55-56)
Somehow the O’s remain in the postseason hunt, despite the American League’s worst team ERA.
15) Cardinals (55-56)
Hanging around .500 throughout the summer won’t get it done in this year’s NL Wild Card race.
14) Angels (55-57)
The Halos knew they were getting a terrific defender in SS Andrelton Simmons, but he’s been a surprising force offensively too.
13) Mariners (57-56)
They’re right in the thick of the AL Wild Card race, but a second trip to the DL for King Felix doesn’t bode well.
12) Brewers (59-54)
They didn’t land a big starter, but they did make two trades before the deadline to beef up their bullpen.
11) Rays (58-55)
They’ve got their work cut out this week with the Red Sox, then the Indians, coming to the Trop.
10) Royals (57-53)
They went 33-19 combined in June and July and currently hold one of the AL’s two Wild Card spots.
9) Cubs (58-52)
They dropped two out of three in a high-profile weekend series against the NL East-leading Nationals.
8) Yankees (59-51)
Sonny Gray. In pinstripes. Wearing No. 55 … Some things just take some getting used to.
7) Indians (59-50)
Corey Kluber entered Saturday ranked fourth in the majors in strikeouts. Not bad for a guy who missed a month with back issues.
6) Red Sox (63-49)
Boston has surged to the top of an entertaining AL East race. Here’s hoping the David Price/Dennis Eckersley feud stops competing for the spotlight.
5) Diamondbacks (63-48)
After posting the NL’s worst team ERA in 2016, Arizona boasts the second-best mark this season. That’s one way to spark a turnaround.
4) Rockies (64-48)
A pair of MVP candidates — 3B Nolan Arenado and CF Charlie Blackmon — are powering quite a memorable season.
3) Nationals (65-44)
The Nats improved their bullpen dramatically through trades. Now we’ll see if those moves can help them win a postseason series for the first time.
2) Astros (71-40)
It’s a good thing they’ve got miles of cushion in the AL West race, because the injuries keep coming.
1) Dodgers (79-32)
The majors’ best team adds Yu Darvish to the mix just before the trade deadline. Why not?