TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings
Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:37 PM
There is a new number one; the Yankees are up while the Pirates, Blue Jays and Mets are down in this week's edition of the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings.
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This Week1Last Week2Washington Nationals70-53
A seven-game winning streak is enough for the Nationals to take over top spot from A's, the first time in nearly three months that there is a change in the penthouse suite.
Key Injuries: 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring).
This Week2Last Week1Oakland Athletics73-51
Seven losses in the past eight games knocks the A's from their perch. Turns out they're struggling a bit offensively, with a .698 OPS since the All-Star break, with newcomers Sam Fuld and Jonny Gomes not exactly matching up to the departed Yoenis Cespedes.
Key Injuries: RHP A.J. Griffin (elbow), RHP Jarrod Parker (elbow), OF Craig Gentry (hand).
This Week3Last Week3Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim73-50
Five wins in the past six games pulls the Angels into the AL West lead. Pitching has keyed their second-half surge, with LHP Hector Santiago (1.39 ERA since the All-Star break) leading the way, while Jered Weaver (4.38) and C.J. Wilson (6.16) have struggled some.
Key Injuries: RHP Tyler Skaggs (elbow).
This Week4Last Week4Milwaukee Brewers70-55
Have taken five of six from the Dodgers over the past couple weeks and RHP Wily Peralta is on a roll, with a 2.11 ERA in six starts since the break.
Key Injuries: RHP Matt Garza (oblique).
This Week5Last Week5Baltimore Orioles71-52
Owners of the biggest division lead in baseball, with a 7.5-game gap on the Yankees in the AL East, the Orioles' bullpen has a 2.44 ERA since the All-Star break, even with closer Zach Britton owning a 5.11 ERA over 14 appearances in that time.
Key Injuries: C Matt Wieters (elbow), 3B Manny Machado (knee).
This Week6Last Week6Los Angeles Dodgers70-56
1B Adrian Gonzalez and LF Matt Kemp are mashing, doing their best to keep the Dodgers going, but injuries are starting to accumulate -- two starters and the left side of the infield on the DL currently.
Key Injuries: RHP Chad Billingsley (elbow), RHP Josh Beckett (hip), SS Hanley Ramirez (oblique), 3B Juan Uribe (hamstring), LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (hip).
This Week7Last Week8Detroit Tigers66-56
2B Ian Kinsler, who was rocking an .807 OPS through the first half of the year, has struggled his way to a .515 OPS since and the Tigers have been outscored 135 to 119 since the break.
Key Injuries: SS Jose Iglesias (shins), LF Andy Dirks (back), RHP Anibal Sanchez (pectoral).
This Week8Last Week7Seattle Mariners67-57
10-3 over the past 13 games, the Mariners have the second-best run differential in baseball, at plus-96, while playing in a division that includes the A's and Angels. Not bad at all.
Key Injuries: RF Michael Saunders (oblique).
This Week9Last Week10Kansas City Royals69-55
Since getting swept by the Red Sox in the first series after the All-Star break, the Royals have gone 21-6, taking the AL Central lead, and they apparently have the best player in baseball too. (Maybe not.)
Key Injuries: 1B Eric Hosmer (hand).
This Week10Last Week11St. Louis Cardinals67-57
With five wins in the past six, the Cardinals have stayed within striking distance of the Brewers, 2.5-games back in the NL Central. OF Jon Jay, with a .978 OPS since the All-Star break, is doing his part to ignite the offence.
Key Injuries: RHP Michael Wacha (shoulder), LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder), C Yadier Molina (thumb).
This Week11Last Week13San Francisco Giants65-58
Some rough times for guys that were once the cornerstones of the Giants' pitching staff -- Matt Cain is on the DL and Tim Lincecum has a 7.58 ERA in seven appearances since the All-Star break. Fortunately, Madison Bumgarner (2.14) and Ryan Vogelsong (3.19) have been strong in the second half.
Key Injuries: RHP Matt Cain (elbow), 1B Brandon Belt (concussion), 2B Marco Scutaro (back).
This Week12Last Week15New York Yankees63-59
The newcomers haven't exactly been knocking the cover off the ball. Chase Headley, Martin Prado and Stephen Drew have combined for a .212 batting average (39-for-184).
Key Injuries: LHP Ivan Nova (elbow), LHP CC Sabathia (knee), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow).
This Week13Last Week16Atlanta Braves65-60
Four straight wins, including a sweep of the A's, has the Braves climbing a bit, but it's tough to maintain with a .669 team OPS since the All-Star break.
Key Injuries: RHP Kris Medlen (elbow), RHP Brandon Beachy (elbow), RHP Gavin Floyd (elbow).
This Week14Last Week9Pittsburgh Pirates64-61
Losers of six straight, the Pirates also lost de facto staff ace Charlie Morton to the DL. The good news is that Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen should be returning in short order.
Key Injuries: RHP Gerrit Cole (lat), CF Andrew McCutchen (ribs), RHP Charlie Morton (hip).
This Week15Last Week12Toronto Blue Jays64-61
They're relatively healthy now, but the wins are still hard to come by -- posting a 4-11 record in August -- but they are still within 3.5-games of a wild card spot, which means there is a lot more meaningful baseball left to be played, especially if the Jays can string together a few wins.
Key Injuries: RHP Brandon Morrow (hand), 2B Brett Lawrie (oblique).
This Week16Last Week14Cincinnati Reds61-64
Six losses in seven games leaves the Reds five back in the wild card race and there are three more teams to hurdle just to get there.
Key Injuries: 1B Joey Votto (quad), RHP Homer Bailey (finger).
This Week17Last Week17Tampa Bay Rays61-63
In his last seven starts, RHP Alex Cobb has a 1.52 ERA, striking out 49 in 47 1/3 innings. Looks like the Rays might have their new ace.
Key Injuries: LHP Matt Moore (elbow), RF Wil Myers (wrist), LF David DeJesus (hand), C Ryan Hanigan (oblique).
This Week18Last Week19Cleveland Indians62-61
Hanging around, with five wins in the past seven games, the Tribe sit 4.5-games back in the AL Wild Card race. While it's mostly about Corey Kluber in the starting rotation, Carlos Carrasco and T.J. House have been strong in their past couple starts.
Key Injuries: RF David Murphy (abdominal), 1B Nick Swisher (knee).
This Week19Last Week20Miami Marlins62-62
7-3 in the last 10 games lifts the Marlins to .500 and while the playoffs might be a long shot, their over-under before the season started was 69.5 wins, so they're looking pretty good for the over.
Key Injuries: RHP Jose Fernandez (elbow), 2B Derek Dietrich (wrist).
This Week20Last Week21Chicago White Sox59-66
5-10 in the past 15 games, the White Sox are finding out that they just don't have the pitching to match up. Even with Chris Sale posting a 2.20 ERA in six starts, the White Sox staff has a 5.29 ERA since the All-Star break.
Key Injuries: RF Avisail Garcia (shoulder), CF Adam Eaton (oblique).
This Week21Last Week23San Diego Padres58-65
One to watch: 23-year-old OF Rymer Liriano, who has a .753 OPS in his first seven games, had an .836 OPS in Double-A and Triple-A before getting the call to The Show.
Key Injuries: LHP Cory Luebke (elbow), RHP Josh Johnson (forearm), LHP Robbie Erlin (elbow), RHP Andrew Cashner (shoulder), LF Carlos Quentin (knee).
This Week22Last Week18New York Mets59-67
Despite quality pitching, the Mets have been comically inept offensively, posting a .579 OPS since the break, with 3B David Wright (.521) and RF Curtis Granders (.491) among the worst offenders.
Key Injuries: RHP Matt Harvey (elbow), RHP Bobby Parnell (elbow), RHP Jacob DeGrom (shoulder).
This Week23Last Week22Philadelphia Phillies55-70
In the second half, CF Ben Revere is hitting .369 with 10 stolen bases. It gets lost in the downward trend, but good for him rebounding after a slow start.
Key Injuries: LHP Cliff Lee (elbow).
This Week24Last Week24Minnesota Twins55-68
1B Kennys Vargas has added some pop to the Twins' lineup, with 15 RBI and an .842 OPS in his first 16 games.
Key Injuries: RHP Mike Pelfrey (groin).
This Week25Last Week25Chicago Cubs54-70
In seven starts, RHP Kyle Hendricks has a 1.66 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP; this after a 3.59 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 17 starts at Triple-A.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week26Last Week26Boston Red Sox56-68
It's been a rough year for RHP Clay Buchholz, the one holdover in the rotation, who has a 6.57 ERA in the second half, raising his season ERA to 5.79. He had a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts in 2013.
Key Injuries: RF Shane Victorino (back), RF Allen Craig (ankle).
This Week27Last Week28Houston Astros52-73
The Astros have a long way to go, but getting quality starting pitching will help. RHP Collin McHugh didn't make the team out of spring training, but has a 3.00 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 124 strikeouts in 114 innings over 19 starts.
Key Injuries: CF Dexter Fowler (intercostal), RF George Springer (quad), LF Alex Presley (oblique).
This Week28Last Week27Arizona Diamondbacks53-72
Since returning from a long stay on the DL, LF Mark Trumbo has one home run in 112 at-bats. On the plus side, he is hitting .345 in August.
Key Injuries: LHP Patrick Corbin (elbow), CF A.J. Pollock (hand), RHP Bronson Arroyo (elbow), SS Chris Owings (shoulder), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (hand).
This Week29Last Week29Colorado Rockies49-75
3B Nolan Arenado, who has played only 88 games, has 17 Defensive Runs Saved, second only to Josh Donaldson's 18 at the hot corner.
Key Injuries: RHP Tyler Chatwood (elbow), RF Michael Cuddyer (shoulder), SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip), LF Carlos Gonzalez (knee), LHP Brett Anderson (back).
This Week30Last Week30Texas Rangers48-76
A disaster of a season only gets worse with Yu Darvish getting hurt. Unbelievably bad luck.
Key Injuries: 1B Prince Fielder (neck), 2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder), LHP Derek Holland (knee), LHP Matt Harrison (back), LHP Martin Perez (elbow), 1B Mitch Moreland (ankle), RHP Yu Darvish (elbow).