MLB Week 20 power rankings

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The Royals Treatment


By Tony Consiglio
XN Sports

After a couple of weeks of the power rankings dominated by two American League West teams, there is a bit of a shakeup. The Angels took a bit of a slide last week, while the Orioles went on a tear against some very good opponents. So the two flipped the second and fourth spot. But, as has been the case for several weeks, everyone is still looking up at the Athletics.

One team shooting up the rankings is the Royals. Kansas City hasn't lost in more than a week and is right on top of the Tigers for the division lead. Their run is enough to get them in the top 10. Heading the wrong way are the Giants and Braves. The two teams are slumping as they try to stay within striking distance of first place in their respective divisions.

So, where does your team fall? Find out in the rest of the rankings.

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1. Oakland Athletics (72-45) (Last Week 1)Jon Lester is wasting no time in getting comfortable on the West Coast. In his brief Oakland career, Lester is now 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

(Photo by AP)

2. Baltimore Orioles (67-50) (LW 4) – The Orioles had five wins last week over three potential playoff teams in the Nationals, Blue Jays, and Cardinals. In those wins, they outscored their opponents by a score of 40-11.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (67-52) (LW 3)The Dodgers are going to have to find a way to replace one of their middle-of-the-order bats, as Hanley Ramirez is headed to the DL with an oblique strain. He has hit third or fourth in the L.A. order in 76 games this season.

(AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

4. Los Angeles Angels (68-49) (LW 2) – The Angels suffered a tough break with youngster Tyler Skaggs. In the midst of a 4 2/3-inning, no-hit performance, he partially tore his ulnar collateral ligament. Now, he’ll be out until 2016 after Tommy John surgery.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

5. Milwaukee Brewers (65-53) (LW 6)Aramis Ramirez may be the hottest hitter in baseball right now. Before going hitless on Sunday, he had an 11-game hitting streak, during which he had multiple hits in eight of them.

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

6. Detroit Tigers (63-52) (LW 5)The Tigers’ pitching staff is spreading the injury bug. Starter Anibal Sanchez strained his right pectoral muscle on Friday, followed by reliever Joakim Soria going down with an oblique strain. Both are on the DL and could miss a month.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

7. Washington Nationals (63-53) (LW 7) Denard Span has taken charge of the Washington offense. In his first nine games of August, he hit .462/.463/.538 with 11 runs and three stolen bases.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

8. Toronto Blue Jays (63-56) (LW 10) – The Blue Jays’ bullpen ERA of 4.20 ranks 25th in baseball, but the Toronto staff threw 14 2/3 shutout innings in Sunday’s 19-inning win over the Tigers, while also setting the mark for longest game in franchise history.

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

9. St. Louis Cardinals (62-54) (LW 9) – Cardinals pitchers need to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park. The 11 home runs the staff has allowed in August is tied for the second-most in the National League, and nine of those were given up in the first two games of their weekend series with Baltimore which were both losses.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

10. Kansas City Royals (63-53) (LW 15)  The Royals are on fire, winning seven in a row and 10 of 11. Now, Kansas City is within a half game of first place Detroit.

(John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)

11. Pittsburgh Pirates (62-55) (LW 11) – The Pirates have been able to avoid placing Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list  with a rib fracture, and they’re hoping he can return to the lineup soon. They’ve at least been able to hold their own in the meantime, going 3-3 in the six games he’s sat out.(Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

12. San Francisco Giants (62-56) (LW 8) – The Giants are heading in the wrong direction. One week after snapping a seven-game losing streak, they are now working on a four-game skid.

(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

13. Seattle Mariners (62-55) (LW 17) The Mariners’ team ERA is now at 2.99. If that holds, Seattle would make history. No team has had a sub-3.00 ERA this century.

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

14. New York Yankees (61-56) (LW 14) –Among all above-.500 teams, the Yankees have the worst run differential at -25. They are one of only two such teams (Cardinals) that has allowed more runs that it’s scored.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

15. Atlanta Braves (60-57) (LW 12) The Braves rode an eight-game losing streak into their weekend series with Washington. But they were able to take two of three to get back to within 4.5 games of the division lead.

AP Photo/John Bazemore)

16. Cincinnati Reds (60-58) (LW 18) Cincinnati has found baseball’s next power-hitting catcher. Devin Mesoraco hit two home runs on Sunday to give him 20 on the year, making him the first catcher to reach that milestone this year.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

17. Cleveland Indians (59-59) (LW 13) The Indians have established themselves as a streaky team. Cleveland followed up a four-game winning streak, during which they allowed just six runs, with a four-game losing streak, giving up 31 runs.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

18. Tampa Bay Rays (57-60) (LW 16)The Rays’ pitching staff made some history over the weekend. In their three-game series with the Cubs, Tampa struck out 44 batters. That’s a new franchise record for a single series, breaking the previous mark of 40 in a 2012 series against the Mariners.

(Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

19. Miami Marlins (57-60) (LW 19) – Giancarlo Stanton won’t slow down. With three home runs in four games, he is now one shy of his third 30-homer season.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

20. New York Mets (56-62) (LW 21) – The Mets are hoping they are not looking at serious problems from rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom. He will miss at least one start while undergoing tests on his sore shoulder. In 16 starts this season, he is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

21. San Diego Padres (54-62) (LW 22) – The Padres have found the secret to winning. Since August began, they are 7-2, and have posted a MLB-best 1.80 ERA and an NL-best .284 batting average.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

22. Chicago White Sox (56-63) (LW 20)Chicago pitching has not been good as of late. This month, the White Sox have had five games in which they have given up eight or more runs, including two of 16 and another of 13.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

23. Boston Red Sox (52-65) (LW 24) – The bats haven’t come alive like the Red Sox had hoped, as they are hitting a MLB-worst .198 in August. However, they are still winning some games, including taking two on the road against the Angels.

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

24. Minnesota Twins (52-64) (LW 23)The Twins are the highest scoring team in baseball in August with 54 runs through nine games. But they are just 4-5 because they’ve given up 44 in that same stretch, the sixth-most in MLB.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

25. Arizona Diamondbacks (51-67) (LW 25) – David Peralta has put together a nice rookie season, hitting .313 with 22 extra-base hits in 57 games, but his biggest came on Saturday, when he capped off a nine-run eighth inning against the Rockies with his first career grand slam.

(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

26. Philadelphia Phillies (53-65) (LW 28)Ryan Howard‘s contract may be a long-term headache, but he’s been plenty helpful in the short-term. He had three game-winning hits in six days.

(Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

27. Chicago Cubs (50-66) (LW 26) – Anthony Rizzo has been pleasantly consistent for Chicago, having hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games. His most recent was walk-off single on Sunday to give his Cubs a 12-inning win over the Rays.

(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

28. Houston Astros (49-69) (LW 27) – Just a couple of weeks ago, DH Chris Carter was on the trading block. Since the deadline passed, he is hitting .351/.385/.730 with four home runs, 11 RBIs, and 10 runs.

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

29. Texas Rangers (46-71) (LW 30) – If nothing else, the Rangers are on a bit of a power surge. Their 12 home runs in August trail only Baltimore’s 18 in the month.

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

30. Colorado Rockies (46-71) (LW 29) – It was another losing week for the Rockies, losing four of six. Colorado has won just one of seven series since the All-Star Break.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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