MLB power rankings week 17

BY TONY CONSIGLIO
XN Sports

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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OAKLAND, CA - JULY 20: Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics slides safely into third base against the Baltimore Orioles during the game at O.co Coliseum on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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)

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)

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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