MLB Power Rankings: Week 20

MLB Power Rankings: Week 20
August 26, 2013, 7:15 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

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 Red Sox Dodgers

JJ: Jake Peavy's complete game finished off an impressive series win at Dodger Stadium.

Tony: I wouldn't want to face Kershaw/Greinke back-to-back.

2 Braves Braves

JJ: Chris Johnson was an underrated offseason pickup: .331/.367/.469.

Tony: B.J. Upton is turning into nothing more than a role player. And a bad one at that.
3 Dodgers Tigers

JJ: If Matt Kemp returns as his old self, it'll be tough for them to lose a playoff series.

Tony: Miguel Cabrera is just ridiculous.
4 Tigers Cardinals

JJ: Justin Verlander's up-and-down season continues: Allowed 10 H and 6 ER vs. Minnesota on Aug. 22.

Tony: Finally starting to play up to their run differential.
5 Cardinals Pirates

JJ: In a good position to win the NL Central in final month, made important by the wild card playoff.

Tony: Only six wins away from a winning season! Finally!
6 Rangers Red Sox

JJ: Not an easy home stretch: 6 vs. OAK, 3 vs. PIT, 4 vs. TB, 3 vs. KC (but also 3 vs. HOU).

Tony: Their offense has been surprisingly good this season.
7 Pirates Reds

JJ: Playoff baseball is happening, but need to hold off St. Louis/Cincinnati to ensure it'll be at PNC Park.

Tony: Amazing their team OBP is only .325 with Votto (.433) and Choo (.413).
8 Reds Rays

JJ: That they're eighth really speaks to the loaded, top-heavy nature of the National League.

Tony: David DeJesus is 4-for-7 in two games and will be a nice role player.
9 Rays Rangers

JJ: Three-game series with Oakland over the weekend huge for their playoff hopes.

Tony: Adrian Beltre (.921 OPS) looking like an MVP.
10 Indians Indians

JJ: Get through 9 vs. ATL, DET and BAL and their home stretch is easy (3 vs. NYM, 6 vs. KC, 5 vs. Sox, 4 vs. HOU, 4 vs. MIN).

Tony: They're on another one of their hot streaks.
11 A's A's

JJ:Weird that, in 2013, getting Bartolo Colon back could be big for their playoff hopes.

Tony: They're starting to fade. Only 1.5 games up in second Wild Card.
12 Orioles Yankees

JJ: Still lingering at two back of a WC spot.

Tony: Alfonso Soriano is leading a hot streak. They're right back in this.
13 Yankees Orioles

JJ: Negative run differential, crazy drama, tons of injuries...and just 3 1/2 out of a playoff spot. Joe Girardi deserves a ton of credit.

Tony: Would be crazy to not make the playoffs with the way Davis has hit all year.
14  Diamondbacks Nationals

JJ: Unless they morph in the 2007 Rockies, they're not making the playoffs.

Tony: Back at .500, but still 8.5 games back of a Wild Card spot.
15 Royals Royals

JJ: Kansas City's a great baseball market, and deserves a playoff team -- but it won't be this year.

Tony: It's been a good season, but they're done. Positives to build on, though.
16 Nationals Diamondbacks

JJ: Pitching took a step or two back from last year, but offense fell off a cliff.

Tony: They're done for. Don't have the talent to overtake CIN/STL/PIT for Wild Card.
17 Rockies Rockies

JJ: Have had five pitchers make four or more starts and post ERAs above 5.80.

Tony: Encouraging season. Something to build on for next year.
18 Angels Phillies

JJ: Maybe this is telling: The second suggested result when Googling "Mike Scioscia" is "Mike Scioscia fired."

Tony: Oh how the mighty have fallen. Used to be class of the NL.
19 Padres Mariners

JJ: In case you missed Tony's writeup on Andrew Cahsner before Sunday's game...read it here.

Tony: Will they ever build a consistent offense in that ballpark?
20 Giants Padres

JJ: There's really nothing separating them from 18th through 24th place on these rankings, which is pretty bad for a defending champ.

Tony: They have a good team, just need consistent offense.
21 Mariners Angels

JJ: For a team that was so good when I was growing up...man, they haven't made the playoffs since 2001.

Tony: Howie Kendrick's a good AVG hitter (.293 career), but has never turned into anything more than that (just a .759 OPS).
22 Mets Mets

JJ: Gutpunch. See you in 2015 (probably), Matt.

Tony: Marlon Byrd leading the team in HR/RBI (21/71). Hah.
23 Twins Blue Jays

JJ: Justin Morneau, pre-concussion: .869 OPS. Post-concussion: .729 OPS.

Tony: Somebody on the beat has lost it with this team.
24 Phillies Twins

JJ: Roy Halladay, not done yet? 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER vs. Arizona on Sunday.

Tony: 30-year-old Samuel Deduno has been their best starter.
25 Blue Jays Giants

JJ: Between them, the Angels and Giants, wonder if there's been a year with three teams as disappointing as them.

Tony: This has gotta be one of the worst follow-ups to a championship season ever.
26 White Sox Brewers

JJ: Playing good baseball and beating good teams. There's still some fight left.

Tony: Jean Segura's fading. Just a .250 average/.609 OPS in second half.
27 Brewers White Sox

JJ: I'd say they're the most bleak franchise in the National League right now.

Tony: Whoa. Didn't think they'd win 8 of 9 all year.
28 Cubs Cubs

JJ: It won't happen this year, but I can't wait to see how Javier Baez does against big league pitching.

Tony: Remember what I said about Kershaw/Greinke? Well they get both...
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: Oh hey there, ridiculous Jose Fernandez pitch to an elite hitter.

Tony: Surprisingly, it won't be long until they're good again.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Ennui overload.

Tony: Astros more profitable than any team ever? Seems about right. (Update: Houston denies it)