Before I begin talking about baseball I want to send my prayers to the Houston area. What is going on right now over there is tragic. I hope everyone stays safe and finds help if needed. We need to do our part to as good, humane people. Find out anyway in which you can help and make an effort. We have no idea what these people are going through and anything we can do I am sure will help.
September is right around the corner, which means playoff races are beginning to heat up. This is the best time of the year for baseball in my opinion as the games begin to get more and more meaningful. In other news, we are back with our 8th edition of our Power Rankings.
- Los Angeles Dodgers 91-38 (No Change)
- Washington Nationals 78-51 (No Change)
- Houston Astros 79-51 (Up 1)
- Cleveland Indians 73-56 (Up 1)
- Boston Red Sox 73-57 (Down 2)
- Arizona Diamondbacks 73-55 (Up 3)
- New York Yankees 70-59 (No Change)
- Colorado Rockies 71-59 (No Change)
- Chicago Cubs 69-60 (Down 3)
- Milwaukee Brewers 68-63 (Up 1)
- Minnesota Twins 67-63 (Up 1)
- Miami Marlins 66-63 (Up 4)
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 66-65 (Down 3)
- Seattle Mariners 66-65 (Up 1)
- St. Louis Cardinals 65-65 (Down 2)
- Baltimore Orioles 65-65 (Up 2)
- Kansas City Royals 64-65 (Down 3)
- Tampa Bay Rays 65-67 (Up 1)
- Texas Rangers 64-66 (Down 2)
- Pittsburgh Pirates 63-68 (No Change)
- Toronto Blue Jays 61-69 (No Change)
- Oakland Athletics 58-72 (Up 1)
- Atlanta Braves 57-71 (Down 1)
- San Diego Padres 57-73 (No Change)
- Cincinnati Reds 55-76 (No Change)
- New York Mets 57-73 (No Change)
- Detroit Tigers 52-77 (No Change)
- Chicago White Sox 52-77 (Up 1)
- San Francisco Giants 52-80 (Down 1)
- Philadelphia Phillies 48-81 (No Change)
At the top …
To no one’s surprise the Dodgers are number one again. They will be there for the rest of the season unless they do not win a game for all of September. What they are doing really is just phenomenal. The Nationals come in at number two for another week. Even in Bryce’s absence they are still able to win ball games. The Astros move up to number three this week. They went 3-3 on the week, but they are beginning to play better and more consistent baseball. They have the talent to win. They just have to keep playing consistent baseball. The Indians slide up one spot to number four. They are winners of four straight and five of their last seven games. They are beginning to look like the team that I predicted will win the World Series. The Red Sox slide down two spots to number five this week as they are losers of four straight. They are letting the Yankees creep back up behind them. They have a big series this week against the Yankees and have to pick it back up if they want to stay in first place.
At the bottom …
I am going to say it again, the PHILLIES SUCK. They are the only team in baseball who has yet to win 50 games. However, they do have a bright spot in Rhys Hoskins. The Giants come right in behind them at 29 as they are the only other team besides the Phillies who have at least 80 losses on the season. The White Sox move up a spot as they have won five of their last seven games. The Tigers and Mets round out our bottom five. Both teams had such high expectations this season and have truly disappointed.
Other notes …
The Diamondbacks played very good baseball last week and they have won four straight games. Paul Goldschmidt is definitely in the MVP conversation. Another team with a player who is in the MVP chatter is the Miami Marlins. They have been on fire over the last month thanks to Giancarlo Stanton. He has become the first NL player since Prince Fielder in 2007 to hit 50 homers in a season. He has carried the Marlins right into the race for a Wild Card spot. The AL Wild Card race is going to be a fun one to watch as there are eight teams within 3 games of one Wild Card spot.