MLB Power Rankings: Can A's, Brewers hold on?

MLB Power Rankings: Can A's, Brewers hold on?
August 4, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

This was maybe the craziest trading deadline in MLB history, and with David Price and Jon Lester joining the pennant race, things will only get more interesting from here. Will the A's be able to hold on to the AL West or will the Angels make a final push and take the division? Will the Brewers be able to stave off the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds in the NL Central? 

Stay with us every Monday for analysis and updated MLB Power Rankings from CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz throughout the season.

Past rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15 | Week 16

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 A's A's

JJ: Only one game up on the Angels entering the week, and winning the AL West means no one-game wild card toss-up.

Tony: Go big or go home for Beane, A's this year.

2 Angels Angels

JJ: Since returning from the minors, former White Sox lefty Hector Santiago has a 2.81 ERA as a starter/reliever swingman.

Tony: Comin' up strong on OAK in the AL West.
3 Tigers Tigers

JJ: Just as encouraging as getting David Price? Justin Verlander's line vs. Colorado: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K. Need more of that.

Tony: Is David Price enough to put them over the top? I think so.
4 Nationals Nationals

JJ: Bryce Harper has struggled since his return (.633 OPS), but with an elite rotation, it hasn't mattered.

Tony: Looking like the class of the NL right now.
5 Dodgers Dodgers

JJ: Since July 6 Matt Kemp has a 1.072 OPS, which, obviously, is really good.

Tony: They can't lose 2 of 3 to the Cubs at home. Just can't happen in a tight race.
6 Orioles Orioles

JJ: Never would've thought they'd be where they are with Chris Davis being pretty awful this year.

Tony: Baseball's hottest team showing they have what it takes to nab division.
7 Brewers Giants

JJ: Best run differential in NL Central with less than two months to go.

Tony: Not playing their best ball, but still hold top NL Wild Card spot.
8 Cardinals Brewers

JJ: Can John Lackey, Justin Masterson and A.J. Pierzynski put them over the top?

Tony: Losing their grip on the NL Central lead...
9 Giants Cardinals

JJ: For all the talk of a rejuvenated offense...once again, it's their pitching that's carrying them.

Tony: Underrated part of their deadline moves: Oscar Taveras has a full-time spot now.
10 Blue Jays Pirates

JJ: Still surprised they didn't make a deadline move with second AL wild card spot up for grabs (and 21 years since their last playoff appearance).

Tony: Just imagine if they had gotten Jon Lester...
11 Royals Blue Jays

JJ: Have won their last four series, including a three-gamer in Oakland over the weekend.

Tony: They needed to add another SP at the deadline, at the very least.
12 Braves Royals

JJ: Skeptical of their ability to hang around NL wild card race with NL Central runner-up(s) and San Francisco.

Tony: Right in the thick of things in the AL Wild Card race.
13 Mariners Mariners

JJ: Some things never change: Enter the week with baseball's third-worst team OPS (.667).

Tony: Stellar +54 run differential, but only a 57-54 record.
14 Pirates Braves

JJ: Oof. Losing Andrew McCutchen for about a month to an oblique injury is a massive blow.

Tony: 6-game losing streak is coming at a horrible time.
15 Indians Reds

JJ: Finally seeing that staff ERA regress toward the FIP, and are only three games out of a wild card spot...

Tony: Still in it, but they need a spark (and Joey Votto to come back and return to form).
16 Reds Indians

JJ: Still have 10 games vs. St. Louis and six vs. Pittsburgh to make some noise in the playoff race.

Tony: They still got a shot, but it gets late early in the MLB pennant race.
17 Yankees Yankees

JJ: I actually like what they did at the deadline but no way they make the playoffs if Tanaka doesn't come back.

Tony: Think they could've/should've made some more moves at the deadline.
18 Rays Rays

JJ: Smyly can help right away and Franklin could soon too, so not going to count them out just yet even without Price.

Tony: Their comeback was admirable, but just not their year.

19 Mets White Sox

JJ: Jacob deGrom's 2.77 ERA looking like a promising sign for the future.

Tony: Adam Eaton showing why he was an underrated acquisition.
20 Marlins Marlins

JJ: A future rotation of Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Jarred Cosart and Nathan Eovaldi could be filthy.

Tony: Why in the world did they give up on Jake Marisnick and Colin Moran??
21 Padres Mets

JJ: Last in baseball in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage but hey, won three games over the weekend.

Tony: Really don't think they should let Matt Harvey come back and make a start or two.
22 Twins Padres

JJ: Oswaldo Arcia's ninth-inning home run Sunday was downright Borchardian.

Tony: Really can't believe how bad this offense is.
23 White Sox Twins

JJ: Can't rank the Sox ahead of Minnesota after Sunday's debacle.

Tony: I guess this year has gone as expected, save for the Mauer injury/ineffectiveness.
24 Red Sox Cubs

JJ: Watch these guys win the World Series next year.

Tony: The future is now.
25 Cubs Red Sox

JJ: Luis Valbuena is hitting .320 in his last eight games. What, you thought this was going to be about Javier Baez?

Tony: Love what they did last week. Cespedes/Craig/Kelly a great haul.
26 Phillies Phillies

JJ: The best option to clean house of aging sentimental favorites? Jurgen Klinsmann. Just ask Landon Donovan.

Tony: Why didn't they make any moves at the deadline?
27 Diamondbacks Diamondbacks

JJ: Macho, tough-guy mentality seems to be working really well for a team 14 games under .500.

Tony: Really starting to hate how the D-Backs think they're entitled to rewrite/carry out baseball's rules.
28 Astros Astros

JJ: Took three of four from Toronto to end the week because baseball is weird.

Tony: Did very well at the deadline to nab Marisnick/Moran.
29 Rangers Rockies

JJ: Hope nobody suffers a deep dish pizza-related injury while in Chicago this week.

Tony: Carlos Gonzalez just can't get on track this year.
30 Rockies Rangers

JJ: It's getting impressive how bad they've been since May.

Tony: Man, the Rangers can't wait for this miserable season to end.