MLB power rankings week 17

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All 30 MLB teams are back to work after a few off days for the All-Star Break. For some, like the Pirates, Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees, the layoff seemed to help, as they've already rattled off several wins since getting back on the field. For others, like the Cubs, Reds, Rockies, and Royals, they've have a tough go of it.

But, because of the short week, there isn't too much drastic movement in this week's XN Sports Power Rankings. Things held steady at the top, but there is a change at the bottom. And it's a team few would have expected before the season started.

Here are the MLB power rankings after Week 17:

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MLB power rankings week 17
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 20: Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics slides safely into third base against the Baltimore Orioles during the game at Coliseum on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
2. Los Angeles Angels (59-38) (LW 2) – The Angels earned a comeback, walk-off win against Seattle on Sunday, improving their record to seven games above .500 against their division, which is the best in the American League.

3. St. Louis Cardinals (54-45) (LW 6) – If the Cardinals run into a problem down the stretch, it will likely have to do with their offense. Their 367 runs is ahead of only San Diego, and they also have just 62 homers, which only leads Kansas City.

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4. Detroit Tigers (54-41) (LW 3) – The Tigers are looking at a big test later this week with seven games on the road, including four games against the Angels. But they are 12-games over .500 outside of Detroit this season, which is tops in the league.(

AP Photo/Matt York)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (55-45) (LW 4) – Adrian Gonzalez kept the Dodgers from being swept by the Cardinals by knocking home the game-winning run in the ninth inning on Sunday night. That increased his National League-leading road RBI total to 38.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

6. Atlanta Braves (54-44) (LW 5) – Chris Johnson now has seven home runs on the season. Four of those have come in his last five games.

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7. San Francisco Giants (54-44) (LW 10) – Buster Posey was hitting just .163 in July before the All-Star Break, but since then, he’s 5-for-11 with four RBIs.

(Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)

8. Baltimore Orioles (53-44) (LW 7) – The A.L. East is theirs for the taking, but their pitchers aren’t doing their part. The Baltimore staff has a 6.48 ERA so far in the second half.

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

9. Milwaukee Brewers (54-45) (LW 8) –  Kyle Lohse has been the leader of the Brewers’ staff this season, and started off his second half on the right foot with a seven-inning, one-run effort against Washington on Friday. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven outings.

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10. Washington Nationals (53-43) (LW 12) – Tanner Roark continued his strong season at home in picking up a win over the Brewers on Saturday. In 10 games at Nationals Park, he has six quality starts and a 1.94 ERA.

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11. Pittsburgh Pirates (52-46) (LW 13) – Neil Walker helped the Pirates to a sweep of the Rockies. The second baseman hit safely in all three games, which included two three-hit performances and five runs.

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12. Cleveland Indians (50-48) (LW 14) – The Indians started out after the layoff on the right foot by taking three of four from division-leading Detroit and scoring 21 runs in the process.

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

13. Seattle Mariners (52-46) (LW 11) – The Mariners did all they could to win their series in Anaheim. After splitting the first two games that totaled 28 innings, closer Fernando Rodney blew a ninth inning lead, losing their second one-run game of the series.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

14. Cincinnati Reds (51-47) (LW 9) – The Reds had opportunities to win in New York, but ended up being swept by the Yankees. Cincy only managed six runs in the three games.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

15. New York Yankees (50-47) (LW 16) – The Yankees may be dealing with devastating injuries to their pitching staff, but you wouldn’t know it at the moment. New York pitchers have only allowed four earned runs through their first three games of the second half.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

16. Toronto Blue Jays (51-48) (LW 15) – Toronto took two of three against the Rangers, and the team is facing a big stretch in the next week-and-a-half. The Jays’ next 10 games come against divisional rivals, with seven against the Red Sox and three against the Yankees.

(Marta Iwanek/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

17. Tampa Bay Rays (47-53) (LW 18) – The Rays were one of the worst teams in baseball for a while, but now they’re the hottest, having won five in a row.

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

18. Boston Red Sox (46-52) (LW 19) – The Red Sox look like they want to make things interesting in the second half of the season. They are inching their way to .500 thanks to a sweep of the Royals at home.

(Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

19. Kansas City Royals (48-49) (LW 17) – Kansas City has actually been a better road team this season, but that wasn’t apparent over the weekend. The Royals lost all three games in Boston and only had nine total hits in the last two losses.

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20. Chicago White Sox (47-52) (LW 21) – The White Sox were able to take two of three against Houston, but their tests now get tougher and more important. Chicago’s next 13 games come against A.L. Central rivals, and the White Sox are 17-21 against the division this year. 

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

21. New York Mets (46-52) (LW 20) – As much as the Mets need, a shortstop may top that list. New York’s shortstops – mainly Ruben Tejada – are hitting a dreadful .235/.337/.298 with just 99 total bases.

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

22. Miami Marlins (45-52) (LW 23) – Things started well in Miami early on, but indications now are that the team is in selling mode. The question is just how far they will take it.

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23. San Diego Padres (43-55) (LW 25) – Odrisamer Despaigne turned in a gem on Sunday in his fifth major league start, going 7.2 innings in the win. But the bigger news is that he came up just four outs short of tossing the first no-hitter in franchise history.

(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

24. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-56) (LW 27) – After a disastrous first half of the season, Arizona is starting to get things together, and the offense seems to be clicking. The D’backs are leading the N.L. in runs scored since the All-Star Break with 17.

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

25. Minnesota Twins (44-53) (LW 22) – Minnesota’s pitching staff has been one of the worst in baseball all year, and that trend is continuing in the second half. The team’s ERA was at 4.26 pre-All-Star Break. Since the layoff, it’s been 5.33.

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

26. Philadelphia Phillies (43-55) (LW 26) – The good news for the Phillies is that Cliff Lee is making his return to the mound on Monday night after missing more than two months. It won’t be enough to get them back into contention, but they should be able to use him in a trade to get some pieces for the future.

(AP Photo/Michael Perez)

27. Colorado Rockies (40-58) (LW 24) –Through the first half of the season, Corey Dickerson hit .325/.391/.579. He started his second half even better, going 2-for-4 in his first two games, then drawing a walk in his only plate appearance on Sunday.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

28. Houston Astros (41-58) (LW 30) –The Astros may not be the worst team in the league at the moment, but that doesn’t lessen the sting of their last week. Houston failed to sign first overall draft pick Brady Aiken along with fifth round pick Jacob Nix.

(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

29. Chicago Cubs (40-57) (LW 28) –It’s no coincidence the Cubs have started their second half 0-3. The team ranks in the bottom 10 of MLB in both hitting and pitching since the All-Star Break.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

30. Texas Rangers (39-59) (LW 29) – How the mighty have fallen. After four straight 90-win seasons, the Rangers are plummeting, and are now the worst team in baseball.

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