MLB Power Rankings: Week 22

MLB Power Rankings: Week 22
September 9, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season,'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

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

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

JJ: They're hopeful they'll get Ellsbury back -- don't need him to reach the playoffs, but could use him in October.

Tony: Hottest team in baseball just keeps plugging along.

2 Braves Dodgers

JJ: Lost four a in row, still 12 games in first. /shrugs

Tony: Hit a brick wall in Cincy.
3 Dodgers Braves

JJ: Lost four a in row, still 11 games in first. /shrugs

Tony: JUpton may have slowed down offensively, but at least he's still having fun.
4 A's Tigers

JJ: If Bartolo Colon's ERA of 2.85 holds, it'd be a career best. Bartolo Colon is 40.

Tony: Miguel Cabrera has a 5.000 OPS on 3-0 counts.
5 Cardinals A's

JJ: Asserted themselves as top team in NL Central with impressive showing vs. Pittsburgh, but...

Tony: Josh Reddick last year: 32 HR, 85 RBI, .462 SLG. This year: 10 HR, 46 RBI, .362 SLG.
6 Reds Cardinals

JJ: ...Cincinnati's now knocking at the door after a three-game sweep of the Dodgers.

Tony: Matt Holliday's OPS is 4.200 on 3-1 counts.
7 Tigers Reds

JJ: Scherzer, Sanchez, Verlander and Fister have combined for 19 WAR. That'll do.

Tony: Billy Hamilton is changing the game one pinch-running apperance at a time.
8 Rangers Pirates

JJ: The whole wild card thing didn't work out last year, now staring it down again this year.

Tony: 0-4 in bid to pick up their symbolic 82nd win.
9 Pirates Rangers

JJ: They're playoff-bound, but gotta shape or else it could be a one-off in Cincinnati.

Tony: Lost three straight series since sweep of SEA Aug. 26-28.
10 Rays Rays

JJ: Leading the second wild card spot by default at this point.

Tony: Their slide continues. Will they hold on to the second Wild Card spot?
11 Royals Orioles

JJ: If they don't lose ground in next 12 games, finish season with three in Seattle and four on the South Side.

Tony: Manny Macahado has saved 32 runs on defense at 3B. Whoa.
12 Orioles Yankees

JJ: In the thick of the wild card hunt, but like everyone else hasn't made much of a move.

Tony: Soriano in 93 games with Cubs: 17 HR, 51 RBI, .754 OPS, 0.8 WAR. In 41 games with Yanks: 13 HR, 44 RBI, .831 OPS, 1.1 WAR.
13 Indians Royals

JJ: Could put Kansas City away in the next week...or get put away in the playoff race themselves.

Tony: Eric Hosmer hitting .379/.471/.586 in September as Royals make last push for Wild Card.
14 Yankees Indians

JJ: Of note: Finish the season with three against Houston.

Tony: Only 2 games out of Wild Card. This is gonna be fun.
15 Nationals Nationals

JJ: And now we reach the point of discussing teams out of the playoff race.

Tony: At least they're getting their money "Werth" with Jayson: .323/.398/.528 (.926 OPS).
16 Diamondbacks Angels

JJ: 72-70, run differential of 0. Sounds about right.

Tony: Been playing some inspired baseball, having won 12 of 16.
17 Angels Diamondbacks

JJ: Josh Hamilton has 506 ABs and an on-base percentage of .298.

Tony: Enter play Monday with a 0 run differential (597 runs scored, 597 runs allowed). Cool.
18 Rockies Blue Jays

JJ: Man, Todd Helton's 40? Interesting HOF case: .415 OBP, 367 HR, but played at Coors Field in the live ball era.

Tony: Won 10 of 13 since 7-game losing streak.
19 Mets Padres

JJ: Daisuke Matsuzaka: 8.00 ERA in four starts.

Tony: Will Venable has a 1.002 OPS with 10 HRs and 8 SBs since All-Star break.
20 Blue Jays Rockies

JJ: OH YES. If one of these teams doesn't sign Jose Vidro to a two-day contract I'll be sorely disppointed.

Tony: At home: .801 OPS, 4.15 ERA. Away: .670 OPS, 4.33 ERA.
21 Giants Mets

JJ: Hey, Yusmiero Petit and Mike Mussina have something in common now.

Tony: Eric Young, Jr. in 57 games with COL: 11 BBs, 8 SBs. In 70 games with NYM: 31 BBs, 28 SBs.
22 Padres Giants

JJ: Real disappointing year for Chase Headley: .239/.331/.378, 2.7 WAR. Was at 7.2 WAR last year.

Tony: Hunter Pence: Career high 21 steals at Age 30.
23 Mariners Mariners

JJ: Not that he's necessarily pitched better, but Hisashi Iwakuma has a slightly lower ERA than Felix Hernandez.

Tony: Kendrys Morales has a 1.096 OPS in September.
24 Phillies Twins

JJ: 34-year-old Jimmy Rollins starting to show his age: 0.9 WAR this year.

Tony: Lead MLB with .302 AVG from catchers. Mauer (.330 in 74 G at C) a big reason why.
25 Twins Phillies

JJ: Yeah, pretty sure this is serious -- shoulder surgery is tough.

Tony: They now have a worse run differential than Marlins (-117 to -114).
26 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Using this space to say it stinks baseball won't be in the 2020 Olympics, but wrestling deserved the bid more.

Tony: Jonathan Lucroy having a heck of a season: .284/.339/.468 with 17 HR, 77 RBI.
27 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Nice return for Scott Baker, who maybe could be a nice pickup for someone in 2014.

Tony: Not interested in playing spoiler down the stretch.
28 Marlins White Sox

JJ: Pitchers are unpredictable, but I'd wager Jose Fernandez wins a Cy Young sometime in the next 15 years.

Tony: Have lost 9 of 10 after winning 10 of 12 prior. They like streaking more than Will Ferrell in "Old School."
29 White Sox Marlins

JJ: Nearly lost every game on a 10-game road trip.

Tony: 21-year-old Christian Yelich totaled 12 hits in first 6 games of September.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Former Sox righty Lucas Harrell has thrown 140 2/3 innings with a 6.01 ERA.

Tony: They've been outscored 410-276 and outhit 720-558 at home.