MLB power rankings week 22

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By Tony Consiglio
XNSports.com

The top spot in the XN Sports MLB Power Rankings was there for the taking. The A's, who had owned the number one ranking for several weeks, gave it up to their A.L. West rival Angels last week. After taking the first two of their three-game series over the weekend, Oakland earned themselves a tie atop the division.

A win Sunday would have given them sole possession of first place and, likely, the number one ranking on this list. But, L.A. managed to come through in the series finale, maintaining their status as the best team in baseball.

The rest of the best remain largely the same as the same teams make out the top 10 this week as last, with some mild variations. Most notably, the Nationals, having just completed a 10-game winning streak, shot up into the top-three as things have come together in Washington.

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30. Texas Rangers (50-79) (LW 29) – The Rangers' exercise in futility continues. Texas scored a league-low 21 runs in their games in the last week, leading to a 2-3 record.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

29. Colorado Rockies (52-77) (LW 30)Nolan Arenado is giving Rockies' fans a reason to cheer. In the last week, Arenado hit .538/.600/.846 with five extra-base hits, four walks, and three RBIs.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

28. Houston Astros (55-76) (LW 28) – The Astros lost to the Indians on Sunday, but Jose Altuve still made headlines. He picked up his 178th hit of the season, setting a new career high.

(AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

27. Arizona Diamondbacks (55-76) (LW 25) – Arizona had two rough four-games series, managing just one win in their games against the Marlins and Nationals. But taking two out of three in their weekend set against San Diego is helping them get back on track.

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

26. Boston Red Sox (56-74) (LW 23) – It's clear the Red Sox's focus is on 2015. The team has lost eight straight, but made headlines thanks to their signings of Cuban import Rusney Castillo.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

25. Philadelphia Phillies (58-72) (LW 27)Closer Jonathan Papelbon has cleared waivers, making him available to any team if someone is interested in taking on what’s left of his contract. Papelbon is having his best season in years, converting 31 of 34 save opportunities and owning a 1.49 ERA.

(AP Photo/Michael Perez)

24. Chicago White Sox (59-71) (LW 21)Chicago’s tour through the A.L. East did not go well. In their nine games against the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Yankees, the White Sox went 2-7, including a six-game losing streak.

(AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

23. Minnesota Twins (58-72) (LW 24)Oswaldo Arcia helped Minnesota to a strong offensive week, with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas added 13 hits a piece over that time.

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

22. Chicago Cubs (58-72) (LW 26)Tsuyoshi Wada has had a great August for the Cubs. In five starts, he is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA. He also took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday against the Orioles.

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

21. New York Mets (61-70) (LW 22) – The Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) era could be coming to an end. The team has placed him on revocable waivers and could provide a boost to a contender down the stretch.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

20. San Diego Padres (60-69) (LW 20) –The Padres appear headed for their fifth straight losing season, but manager Bud Black reached a milestone on Sunday. With the 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks, Black earned his 600th win as manager.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

19. Cincinnati Reds (63-68) (LW 18)The Reds lost seven in a row, but bounced back to take the last two in their four-game set against Atlanta. But at five games under .500, Cincy is running out of time to make a run at a Wild Card spot.

(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

18. Tampa Bay Rays (64-66) (LW 19)Even with trading David Price, the Rays' 2.32 team ERA since the All-Star Break trails only Seattle in all of baseball.

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

17. Miami Marlins (64-65) (LW 17) – Could Giancarlo make a run at the N.L. Triple Crown? He leads the league in both home runs and RBIs, and is just 15 points behind Justin Morneau and Ben Revere for the batting lead.

(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

16. Toronto Blue Jays (66-64) (LW 12) – If the Blue Jays want to make a run at a Wild Card berth, they’re going to need to string together some wins. They have won back-to-back games just once in August.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

15. Cleveland Indians (66-63) (LW 16) The Indians won for the ninth time in 13 games on Sunday and are five games back of a Wild Card spot. Their task gets tougher over the next three weeks as 19 of their next 20 games come against division rivals.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

14. Atlanta Braves (68-63) (LW 15)Evan Gattis launched his 20th home run of the year, tying him for the Major League lead for catchers with Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco.

(AP Photo/David Tulis)

13. New York Yankees (67-61) (LW 14) – A pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the 10th inning increased the Yankees' winning streak to four games. Their next will be tough, though, with one against Kansas City and three more against Detroit, all on the road.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

12. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-63) (LW 13)Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs on Saturday, to give him 17 on the year, tying him for second on the team. He now has eight multi-homer games in the last three years.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

11. San Francisco Giants (68-61) (LW 11) – The debate over what to do with Tim Lincecum is growing. In his last five starts, he has a 9.49 ERA.

(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

10. Detroit Tigers (70-59) (LW 10)It was not a good week for Tigers pitching. The Detroit staff gave up 49 runs in seven games, including a 20-spot to the Twins on Friday, who then followed that up with 12 more in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday. Still, the Tigers managed to go 4-3 in those games.

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

9. Seattle Mariners (71-58) (LW 9) The Mariners completed their first ever three-game series sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday. Despite playing behind the two best teams in baseball, the M's are just six games out of first place.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

8. St. Louis Cardinals (70-59) (LW 8) – The Cardinals took care of business by sweeping Cincinnati over three games, but they followed that up by dropping two of three in Philadelphia. They haven’t won a series at Citizens Bank Park since 2006.

(AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

7. Milwaukee Brewers (72-58) (LW 3) With his 43rd double on Sunday, Jonathan Lucroy is now four clear of an injured Paul Goldschmidt, and eight ahead of Adrian Gonzalez and Freddie Freeman, for the N.L. lead. If that holds, he will become the first catchers to lead his league in that category.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

6. Kansas City Royals (72-57) (LW 7) The Royals kept their winning ways going by taking advantage of a favorable road trip. KC finished their nine games against the Twins, Rockies, and Rangers 6-3 and maintain a two-game edge over the Tigers in the division.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

5. Baltimore Orioles (73-55) (LW 4) – The Orioles have been running away with the A.L. East, but their chances for a run in October took a big hit last week as the team found out third baseman Manny Machado would be lost for the year with a torn knee ligament.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (74-58) (LW 5) Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to come off the disabled list on Friday and it can’t come soon enough. In his place, Kevin Correia has allowed 11 runs through eight innings over two starts.

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

3. Washington Nationals (75-54) (LW 6) The Nationals completed one of the most impressive winning streaks in baseball this year, with walk-off after walk-off.  They have established themselves as a favorite for the N.L. Pennant.

AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
2. Oakland Athletics (76-53) (LW 2)Billy Beane is not sitting still even though the non-waiver trade deadline has passed. He acquired catcher Geovany Soto from Texas for cash, and claimed Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar on waivers. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

1. Los Angeles Angels (77-52) (Last Week 1) – The Angels salvaged the third game of their big series with the A’s on Sunday, to reclaim the A.L. West lead. However, time will tell how they will be able to deal with the loss of Garrett Richards.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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