MLB power rankings Week 26

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By TONY CONSIGLIO
XNSports.com


We are at the one-week-left mark of the Major League Baseball season and the talk is all about the playoffs. Five teams have punched their tickets to October, while there is still work left to done for five more spots.

Only one team outside the current playoff picture in the National League can still make it in, but that will require catching a few breaks. Meanwhile, in the A.L., there are still four teams with mathematical chances. But, like in the N.L., it will take an eventful final week for one to get in.

In this week's power rankings, the top 10 consists of the teams holding those postseason berths. That will be the same next week. So will there be any new entries cracking the top 10 in the final power rankings? There is a lot that can happen between now and then. But, for now, this is where things stand.


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30. Arizona Diamondbacks (62-94) (LW 28) – A six-game losing streak was enough to give the Diamondbacks the worst record in baseball with six games left. It will be a fight down the stretch with the Rangers to determine who will end up with the first pick in next year’s draft.

(AP Photo/Matt York)

29. Texas Rangers (62-93) (LW 30) – The Rangers are finally out of MLB’s doghouse with a 7-1 stretch. They’ll even play meaningful games during the last week of the year. Texas could play the spoiler with a season-ending, four-game series against the A’s.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

28. Colorado Rockies (65-91) (LW 29) – The Rockies are enjoying one of their best stretches of the season. They have won six straight games and have scored 61 runs in the process.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

27. Minnesota Twins (66-89) (LW 27) – After signing a four-year, $22 million contract before the season the Twins aren’t taking any chances. They have shut down All-Star closer Glen Perkins for the season with a strain and nerve irritation in his left forearm. He picked up 34 games this year.

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

26. Boston Red Sox (68-88) (LW 24) – Cuban import Rusney Castillo is getting his first taste of the majors as the season winds down. He hit safely in each of his first four games and picked up his first stolen base on Sunday.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

25. Houston Astros (69-87) (LW 25) – The Astros gave Jose Altuve a Jeter-type salute during his final home game of the year on Sunday, as he was taken out of the game in the ninth inning. It was a well-deserved ovation. Altuve is the first player since Ty Cobb in 1917 with at least 216 hits, 44 doubles, and 54 stolen bases in the same season.

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

24. Chicago Cubs (69-87) (LW 26) – Chris Coghlan is on a nice run. In the last week, he hit .458/.481/.833. He’s hits safely in seven of eight games, including a four-hit performance against the Dodgers on Saturday that including two home runs.

(AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

23. Philadelphia Phillies (71-85) (LW 22) Ryan Howard is hitting .221/.309/.376 with 22 home runs and 181 strikeouts. It all helps add up to a -1.2 WAR. He is still under contract for two more seasons at $25 million each before a potential $10 million buyout.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

22. Cincinnati Reds (72-84) (LW 20) – Before scoring seven runs in a win on Sunday, the Reds lost six in a row, scoring a total of eight runs in those games, including consecutive shutouts.

(AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

21. Chicago White Sox (71-84) (LW 23) – Much has been made of Jeter’s retirement, but another team’s legend is also hanging it up after this year. Paul Konerko wraps up his long run with the White Sox. He will end his career finishing in the top three in franchise history in games, hits, home runs, and RBIs, while finishing first in total bases.

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

20. Miami Marlins (74-81) (LW 17) –The Marlins have been dealing with some tough injury news lately with Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna being knocked out. But they are now getting some good news on the injury front. Jose Fernandez has been cleared to begin throwing next month as he returns from Tommy John surgery.

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

19. Atlanta Braves (76-79) (LW 16) –The Braves’ disappointing stumble to the finish is coming to a close. Atlanta was officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss on Sunday. At the All-Star Break, the team was nine games over .500 and tied for first place. Now, changes could be coming in the front office.

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

18. San Diego Padres (74-81) (LW 21) – The Padres haven’t been truly in the playoff race for several weeks, but they are playing well down the stretch. During their string of six wins in seven games, San Diego swept the Giants in three games, and they have a chance to do it again as they close the year with four in San Francisco.

(AP Photo/Don Boomer)

17. Tampa Bay Rays (75-81) (LW 18) –The Rays’ loss on Sunday was their 81st of the season, meaning they will finish no better than .500. The last time Tampa finished with a losing record was in 2007.

(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

16. New York Mets (76-80) (LW 19) – The future looks bright for Mets pitching, which includes Jacob deGrom, who is on track to be the N.L. Rookie of the Year. He has nine wins in 22 starts and is averaging more than a strikeout an inning.

(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

15. Toronto Blue Jays (78-77) (LW 13) –The Blue Jays are limping to the finish line. They have lost seven of eight, including three of four in New York. Toronto is now just 14-42 at the new Yankee Stadium.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

14. Milwaukee Brewers (80-76) (LW 11) – The Brewers appeared destined for the playoffs not long ago, but now they are all but eliminated. A 4.5-game deficit for a Wild Card spot with just six games remaining may be too much to overcome.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

13. New York Yankees (80-75) (LW 14) – Though the Yankees are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, realistically they are. That means Thursday’s home finale against Baltimore will mark the end for Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium.

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

12. Cleveland Indians (81-74) (LW 15) – Will the Indians use another September push to get back to October? They currently sit 3.5 games outside of the second Wild Card spot, but have won five of six. Last year, Cleveland won 21 games in the final month, which included a 10-game winning streak, to make the playoffs.

(AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

11. Seattle Mariners (83-72) (LW 12) –The Mariners have the best shot of any team outside  of the playoff picture to get in. But they will need their usually-great pitching to improve in the last week. In the last seven days, Seattle’s pitchers owned a 4.76 ERA.

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

10. Oakland Athletics (85-70) (LW 8) – Oakland is turning its run toward season’s end into a fight for survival. Clinging to just a two-game lead for a Wild Card spot, the A’s have their work cut out for them this week. They have three games against the first place Angels, followed by four in Texas against a Rangers team that swept them in Oakland last week.

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

9. Kansas City Royals (84-70) (LW 9) – Losing their series with the Tigers leaves the Royals in second place heading into the final week, which they’ll spend on the road. They’ll start out by having to protect their Wild Card berth against a hard-charging Indians team.

(AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

8. Pittsburgh Pirates (84-71) (LW 10) –The Pirates are tied with the Giants for home-field advantage in the Wild Card game. Playing the winner-take-all game in Pittsburgh would be big for the Pirates. They are 51-30 at home this year, which is their best record ever at PNC Park.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

7. San Francisco Giants (84-71) (LW 5) – Unless something bizarre happens during the last week of the season, it seems the Giants will have a date with the Pirates in the N.L. Wild Card game. San Francisco was just 2-4 against Pittsburgh this season.

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

6. Detroit Tigers (86-69) (LW 7) – The Tigers took two of three in a huge series with Kansas City to open their A.L. Central lead to 1.5 games. They even got some help from Justin Verlander, who turned in a seven-hit, one-run performance in 7.1 innings.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

5. St. Louis Cardinals (87-69) (LW 6) – It’s become a given in the National League that the Cardinals make the playoffs, and have done it again this year. St. Louis is making its fifth postseason appearance in five years.

(AP Photo/Sarah Conard)

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (89-67) (LW 3) The Dodgers have assured themselves a spot in October, it’s just a matter of whether it’s as N.L. West champions or a Wild Card team. With a 4.5-game lead and a magic number of three, it looks like they’ll sit atop the West for the second straight year.

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

3. Washington Nationals (91-64) (LW 4) – The Nationals have wrapped up the National League East with the largest division lead in baseball. And they are sprinting toward the finish, having won eight of nine with just seven games against the Mets and Marlins remaining.

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

2. Baltimore Orioles (93-62) (LW 2) – The Orioles have clinched their first division title since 1997. They will now likely play the winner of the A.L. Central in the ALDS.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

1. Los Angeles Angels (96-60) (LW 1) – The Angels are poised to claim baseball’s best record heading into the playoffs with a 2.5-game lead over Baltimore and six games remaining against division rivals Oakland and Seattle.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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