MLB Power Rankings: Week 24

MLB Power Rankings: Week 24
September 23, 2013, 1:15 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 | Week 23

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

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

JJ: Enter final week of regular season as only team with 800+ runs scored.

Tony: We get it. They're good.

2 A's A's

JJ: Josh Donaldson would be a strong MVP candidate...if he were in the National League and not competing against Cabrera/Trout.

Tony: Moneyball is so advanced, they even let babies get hammered.
3 Braves Braves

JJ: The Freddie Freeman (4.5 WAR) MVP talk is probably overstated, but no doubt his 23 HR and .892 OPS have been huge for the Braves.

Tony: They shoulda brought a kiddie pool, filled it up and partied in Wrigley outfield.
4 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Up two games in the Central entering the final week; expect them to avoid Wild Card game.

Tony: Remember, they close out the year with three against Cubs.
5 Dodgers Tigers

JJ: Just to repeat: Nobody's gonna want to face Kershaw/Greinke in the first round.

Tony: Only Red Sox have better run differential.
6 Tigers Dodgers

JJ: No reason to push Cabrera (groin) with Central locked up.

Tony: Had the same record as the Cubs on June 21. Hah!
7 Reds Reds

JJ: They're trending in the right direction for home field for the Wild Card playoff.

Tony: In one-game playoff, do they throw Mat Latos or Homer Bailey?
8 Rays Pirates

JJ: Finally righted the ship against Baltimore, and look on track for playoff berth.

Tony: In a one-game playoff, Reds should completely pitch around McCutchen.
9 Indians Rays

JJ: They play the White Sox (2) and Twins (4) to end the season. Figure they're in good shape, too.

Tony: Alex Cobb is emerging as an ace, with 3.5 WAR, 2.90 ERA, 1.17 WHIP.
10 Pirates Indians

JJ: Haven't played good baseball in a while, but anything can happen in the playoffs...

Tony: It looks like Nick Swisher's heading back to the playoffs, bro.
11 Nationals Royals

JJ: Took them long enough to look like a playoff contender. Unfortunately for them, probably took too long.

Tony: So cool the Royals are good again. Wish they'd make the playoffs.
12 Royals Rangers

JJ: Neat for the city to get a playoff run, but the consensus seems to be Ned Yost held them back. 3 1/2 out entering the week.

Tony: Held a 95.8 percent chance of making postseason on Aug. 23. Now: Just 28.5 percent.
13 Rangers Nationals

JJ: 5-15 in their last 20. No Nelson Cruz, pitching struggling. Rough collapse.

Tony: Valiant effort from Brycer Harper and his boys.
14 Orioles Yankees

JJ: Tanked against Tampa Bay over the weekend and pretty well out of the race.

Tony: Valiant effort from Joe Girardi and his boys.
15 Yankees Orioles

JJ: You know what? I'd vote Joe Girardi for manager of the year. This wasn't a good team, there was a ton of drama, and they hung in the playoff race.

Tony: Valiant effort from Chris Davis and his boys.
16 Diamondbacks Angels

JJ: Can see the makings of a good rotation, but have to see improvements/stay healthy next year.

Tony: Back up to positive run differential. Positive steps, you guys.
17 Angels Diamondbacks

JJ: Enter the week three games under .500; getting back there a Pyrrhic victory.

Tony: Maybe they shouldn't have a ballpark with a pool in it, then. Jeez.
18 Giants Giants

JJ: 72-84. World Series champs last year. Yikes.

Tony: Always forget Buster Posey's real first name is Gerald. Gerald Posey. Huh.
19 Padres Blue Jays

JJ: Will Venable leads the team in HR (23), RBIs (53), OPS (.792), and runs (62).

Tony: At least Colby Rasmus doesn't have to watch the rest of the season.
20 Mets Padres

JJ: LaTroy Hawkins (3.06 ERA) wants to pitch again next year. Hope he does.

Tony: Andrew Cashner: Ace? 1.22 ERA last 7 starts.
21 Rockies Mets

JJ: No.

Tony: What was the point in even bringing David Wright back with a week left?
22 Phillies Rockies

JJ: Here's something about Cole Hamels: 8-14, 3.62 ERA.

Tony: Todd Helton as a centaur? Sure, why not?
23 Blue Jays Mariners

JJ: Mark Buehrle hit the 200-inning mark last week. 13 straight seasons.

Tony: Pretty sure the city has forgotten about the Mariners with the Seahawks' great start.
24 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Playing decent ball to close out the season...don't think I've had them this high in a while.

Tony: Finally get to play a team outside their division after 19 straight vs. NL Central.
25 Mariners Phillies

JJ: If all you needed were two starters, Seattle'd be in great shape with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Tony: They're fast approaching the Marlins in race for worst run differential in NL.
26 Twins Cubs

JJ: Some good news for Joe Mauer, so there's that.

Tony: I do agree with Sveum, though. Rizzo's season not as bad as some make it seem.
27 Cubs Twins

JJ: After five and a half relatively drama-free months, the last week has been gripping on the North Side.

Tony: No more Joe Mauer for the final week.
28 White Sox White Sox

JJ: .394 winning percentage currently eighth-worst in franchise history and worst since 1976.

Tony: Poor Chris Sale.
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: Have six home dates left and need just under 55,000 fans to reach 1.5 million. Wonder if they'll do it.

Tony: Maybe the MLB does need a draft lottery.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Could bury Texas in next three games.

Tony: Baseball's version of the buttfumble a microcosm of Astros' season.