MLB Power Rankings: Week 23

MLB Power Rankings: Week 23
September 16, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season, CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz will roll out updated power rankings.

Check out our rankings to date: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 20 | Week 21 | Week 22

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 Red Sox Red Sox

JJ: Clay Buchholz in two starts off the DL: 11 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 9 K.

Tony: Underrated performer: Daniel Nava (.306/.392/.452).

2 A's A's

JJ: Have a larger lead in AL West than Detroit does in AL Central.

Tony: Starting to run away with the AL West.
3 Braves Braves

JJ: Minor, Medlen, Tehran an excellent top three, but untested in playoff action.

Tony: Weird that Chris Johnson has been almost as valuable as JUpton in that deal.
4 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Get 10 of final 13 games against losing teams.

Tony: Beltran, Carpenter, Molina, Craig, Holliday all have OPS above .830.
5 Pirates Pirates

JJ: Get Cincinnati six times to close out season, have a much tougher road to NL Central crown.

Tony: Agree with Cubs, they're certainly built to last.
6 Reds Tigers

JJ: Three in Houston while Washington gets three vs. Atlanta could solidify wild card berth.

Tony: After an ugly 1st half (.258 AVG, .694 OPS), Victor Martinez is on fire in 2nd half (.364 AVG, .884 OPS).
7 Dodgers Dodgers

JJ: Late slump not too much of a bother, since they'll still have Kershaw and Greinke when postseason begins.

Tony: Amazing how great they've been, spending most of the year without Matt Kemp.
8 Tigers Reds

JJ: Only five up on Cleveland, but final 13 games: Seattle (4), Sox (3), at Minnesota (3), at Miami (3).

Tony: Most likely of NL Central's Big 3 to fall out of contention next season.
9 Indians Rangers

JJ: Huge three-game set in Kansas City could bury Royals, or dent their playoff hopes.

Tony: This is bordering on an epic collapse.
10 Nationals Indians

JJ: If they're an AL team, I'd pick them to win the wild card. Only 4 1/2 out of NL spot.

Tony: Nothin' like getting 4 straight against the Sox right now, huh?
11 Rays Rays

JJ: Next 11 games: 4 vs. Texas, 4 vs. Baltimore, 3 at New York. Buckle up.

Tony: Losing their grip on final Wild Card spot.
12 Rangers Nationals

JJ: After those four with Tampa, travel to Kansas City for three. Again: buckle up.

Tony: Suddenly right back into it. Exactly why you don't give up early with 2 Wild Cards.
13 Orioles Orioles

JJ: But no, to repeat: Every team in the AL wild card race is playing another contender in the last two weeks. This'll be fun.

Tony: Machado/Jones: 49 BBs in 1,316 plate appearances.
14 Royals Royals

JJ: Could Ned Yost be what keeps this team out of the playoffs?

Tony: Emilio Bonifacio with TOR in 94 gms: .218 AVG, .579 OPS, 12 SBs. With KC in 31 gms: .297 AVG/.751 OPS, 13 SBs.
15 Yankees Yankees

JJ: Not a lot of time to regroup after sweep at hands of Red Sox.

Tony: Brendan Ryan could prove to be a huge lift at SS, helping to save runs.
16 Diamondbacks Angels

JJ: Man, if Arizona were any good...Paul Goldschmidt would've merited MVP consideration, right?

Tony: Underrated performer: Chris Iannetta (just a .232 AVG, but .367 OBP, 11 HR).
17 Angels Diamondbacks

JJ: Combined April and July record: 18-32. Rest of the season: 54-35.

Tony: Paul Goldschmidt is contributing across the board. He's gonna win an MVP at some point.
18 Giants Giants

JJ: One positive: Brandon Belt has 16 HR and a .288/.361/.481 slash line.

Tony: Underrated performer: Brandon Belt (.288/.361/.481).
19 Phillies Phillies

JJ: An Achilles injury slowed Domonic Brown in the second half, but he still has 27 homers in a nice breakout year.

Tony: Chase Utley (.812 OPS) still quietly doing his thing.
20 Padres Blue Jays

JJ: Journeyman and ex-Sox fill-in Eric Stults, since coming to San Diego: 3.66 ERA, 277 2/3 IP.

Tony: Underrated performer: Colby Rasmus (.828 OPS, 20 HR).
21 Rockies Padres

JJ: Hats off to Todd Helton for a great run -- and all with one team. Rare these days.

Tony: Will Venable just rolling since All-Star break (11 HR, 11 SB, .337 AVG, .975 OPS).
22 Blue Jays Rockies

JJ: Mark Buehrle innings watch: 194 1/3. Probably one start away from 13th-straight 200+ IP season.

Tony: Michael Cuddyer (.332/.391/.541) never gets his due.
23 Mets Mets

JJ: The prospect of no Matt Harvey in 2014 is disappointing, although it may be better than no surgery.

Tony: Underrated performer: Daniel Murphy (.282 AVG, 11 HR, 19 SB).
24 Mariners Brewers

JJ: Taijuan Walker's first major league stint something to be excited about.

Tony: Jonathan Lucroy (.283 AVG, 17 HR, 78 RBI) having a heck of a season.
25 Brewers Mariners

JJ: Carlos Gomez has the second-highest WAR (6.3) of any National League player.

Tony: Dustin Ackley has hit .317 with .853 OPS since All-Star break.
26 Twins Twins

JJ: Very interested to see if Minnesota stick with Gardenhire after another bad season.

Tony: Underrated performer: Brian Dozier (2.4 offensive WAR, with great defense).
27 Cubs Cubs

JJ: For Cubs fans worried about Anthony Rizzo's sophomore slump, maybe go look at how Eric Hosmer's doing.

Tony: Samardzija's 5.98 ERA since the start of July is very, very worrisome.
28 White Sox White Sox

JJ: Chuck Garfien says the White Sox should bring back Juan Uribe, and makes a compelling argument for it.

Tony: Gordon Beckham before All-Star break: .335 AVG, .800 OPS. Since: .198 AVG, .569 OPS.
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: The worst franchise in American sports, right?

Tony: Christian Yelich (.281 AVG, 24 BBs, 8-for-8 SBs in 52 gms) looking like a very nice building block.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: They'll have a direct impact on wild card races: 3 vs. CIN, then 4 @ CLE, 3 @ Texas and 3 vs. NYY to end the season.

Tony: Catcher Jason Castro (.835 OPS, 4.1 OWAR) has been a pleasant surprise.