Can Cabrera bring the Tigers to the top? [MLB Power Rankings]
Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 21:
1. Atlanta Braves (78-52) [Last week: 1]
Brandon Beachy is already back on the DL, and Jason Heyward looks like he'll miss the rest of the season. Good thing they have a huge lead in their division.
2. Detroit Tigers (77-53) [LW: 3]
Miguel Cabrera isn't even 100% healthy, but he's still absolutely raking at the plate. This is one of the best hitters we'll see in a long time.
3. Boston Red Sox (77-55) [LW: 5]
Winning two of three in LA will definitely get you a slight bump in the Power Rankings, and the Red Sox get that this week. Jake Peavy looked fantastic in the rubber game of that series.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (76-54) [LW: 2]
The Dodgers are still one of the hotter teams in baseball, but the Red Sox found a way to tame their offense, giving up only 5 runs in their 3-game set.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (76-54) [LW: 4]
The Pirates are quickly dashing my hopes of them finishing under .500 again. They'll need to lose a lot of games in a hurry, and I just don't see that happening. Maybe next year.
6. St. Louis Cardinals (76-54) [LW: 7]
The Cardinals have been one of the best teams in baseball all season, and now Yadier Molina is leading the NL in batting average.
7. Tampa Bay Rays (74-54) [LW: 8]
The Rays have a lineup full of guys most people have never heard of, but they're still a legit contender in the AL East, arguably baseball's toughest division.
8. Texas Rangers (75-55) [LW: 6]
The suspension of Nelson Cruz weakens their lineup considerably, but they'll still be fine. Their pitching is solid, and their lineup is still relatively deep.
9. Cincinnati Reds (74-57) [LW: 10]
Not many people have been talking about the Reds, but they're only 2.5 games behind the Cardinals and Pirates in the NL Central. They still have a chance to take the division.
10. Oakland Athletics (72-57) [LW: 9]
The A's are currently the final playoff team in the AL, but anything can happen at this point. Hopefully, for their sake, Bartolo Colon gets healthy and back to his first half form.
11. Cleveland Indians (71-59) [LW: 12]
The Indians have won 7 of their last 10, and are only a game and a half out of the 2nd wild card spot. Could they make a late run and sneak in over Oakland or Tampa?
12. Baltimore Orioles (70-59) [LW: 11]
Miguel Cabrera is sneaking up on Chris Davis' MLB lead in HR, and I'm secretly hoping he catches him so he can win the Triple Crown again. Sorry, O's fans.
13. New York Yankees (69-61) [LW: 15]
This is basically a lost year for the Yankees, so at this point they're pretty much going to try to get as much money as they can back from this A-Rod situation. Nothing else matters.
14. Kansas City Royals (65-64) [LW: 13]
The Royals are the last AL team with any chance of a playoff spot, but their hopes are fading fast. There are just too many teams ahead of them at this point.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks (66-63) [LW: 14]
Technically, the Diamondbacks are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but they're 9.5 games back in the AL West and 7.5 games back in the wild card. Good luck, guys.
16. Washington Nationals (65-65) [LW: 16]
The Nationals finally made their way back to .500, but it's definitely too little too late. This year is done, as far as they're concerned.
17. Colorado Rockies (61-71) [LW: 17]
Dexter Fowler started off the season incredibly well, but cooled off later in the season and turned into, well, Dexter Fowler.
18. Seattle Mariners (59-70) [LW: 18]
Despite the abysmal season overall for the Mariners, Felix Hernandez is once again in the discussion for the AL Cy Young.
19. San Diego Padres (59-71) [LW: 21]
Will Venable has been on fire lately, hitting .368 with 7 HR in the month of August. His 1.131 OPS would put him among the league leaders.
20. Los Angeles Angels (58-71) [LW: 22]
Mike Trout (again) leads all of baseball with a 7.7 WAR, but it hasn't seemed to help the Angels much, thanks to the plethora of underachievers on their roster.
21. New York Mets (58-70) [LW: 19]
Matt Harvey will definitely be a Cy Young contender, and David Wright should get a few MVP votes as well. Unfortunately, that's not enough for this otherwise awful team.
22. San Francisco Giants (58-72) [LW: 24]
Two wins in a row against the Pirates? Sure, that's nice, but the Giants should have been playing like this all year.
23. Philadelphia Phillies (59-71) [LW: 25]
Their -103 run differential is atrocious, and the Phillies have fallen far short of expectations despite a breakout season from Domonic Brown.
24. Toronto Blue Jays (58-73) [LW: 20]
Edwin Encarnacion is having a solid year again, but he's one of very few brights spots for a very disappointing team.
25. Minnesota Twins (57-72) [LW: 23]
There are rumors swirling about a potential trade involving Justin Morneau, and at this point the Twins would be wise to consider such a move. He's not much help for them at this point.
26. Milwaukee Brewers (57-73) [LW: 26]
Jean Segura has been one of the best young shortstops in baseball. The Brewers are hoping he's not a flash in the pan, and can replicate this performance next year.
27. Chicago Cubs (55-75) [LW: 27]
Nate Schierholtz has been solid lately, but overall the Cubs don't have a lot to get excited about. Give them 3-5 years, and perhaps they'll be a contender.
28. Chicago White Sox (54-75) [LW: 28]
Chris Sale's 9-12 win/loss record is exactly why those stats can be largely ignored. He's been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year.
29. Miami Marlins (49-80) [LW: 29]
Jose Fernandez continues to make a strong case for the NL Rookie of the Year, and should finish in the top 3 in NL Cy Young voting.
30. Houston Astros (43-86) [LW: 30]
The Astros, despite being one of the worst teams in years, are the most profitable team in history, according to Forbes. How embarrassing.
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