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1) New York Yankees
After climbing up the rankings all year, the Yankees finally overtake the Dodgers for the #1 Spot. Despite losing Stanton to the IL again they got some much-needed support in the rotation with Domingo German coming back from injury. His return now gives the Yankees a five- man rotation. They no longer need to use Chad Green as an “opener”
2) Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are still the Dodgers. Leading the West by a commanding 13.5 games, they still are the best team in baseball record-wise but only going .500 leading up to the break has them dropping this week.
3) Atlanta Braves
Atlanta has seemingly pulled away from everyone in the East not named the Marlins or the Mets. As they continue to sink to the bottom of the standings on their own, the Phillies might soon join them. As mentioned in the past it’s starting to look like the Braves and The Nations for the NL East.
4) Houston Astros
Houston is still top of the West and it will be hard for anyone to overtake them but the A’s and Rangers are trying to. As in past years, Houston will be making the playoffs and adding pieces here and there at the deadline to make sure they can win another title.
5) Minnesota Twins
The Twins will likely be buyers come the deadline. The biggest need is pitching and they could be in the mix for some rotation and bullpen help. Not too long ago the Central lead was over 10 games, now at the break it’s at 5.5 games. That has nothing to do with how the Twins have played but more about how the Tribe keep winning.
6) Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays have the postseason in their sights for the first time since 2013 but that can easily fade away if they don’t get some much-needed help in the rotation. Only Blake Snell and Charlie Morton are listed as “starters” for the team. Top prospect Brendon McKay will likely join the rotation once the team starts up again after the break, but that still leaves two holes to fill. Expect the Rays to add a starter or two for the postseason as I don’t think the “Opener” will get them far in the playoffs.
7) Boston Red Sox
Currently two games behind in the Wild Card and nine out of the division, the Red Sox are still playing catch up in the AL. They are playing much better of late and Chris Sale is looking like the Chris Sale that we all know. With many games left between the Rays and Yankees, the race for the East will go down until the final week of September.
8) Texas Rangers
I’m not a huge fan of rooting for other teams but I am in favor of rooting for the underdog, and that is exactly what the Rangers are as everyone thought it was going to be a race between the Astros, Mariners and A’s. Currently third in the West and three games out of the Wild Card, I am rooting for them to at least make the playoffs and want to see Joey Gallo win MVP in the AL.
9) Cleveland Indians
I have been saying it for weeks and it’s starting to happen as the Tribe have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and are now 5.5 games back and have cracked the top 10 in our rankings his week. They currently hold one of the Wild Card spots and it looks like the race in Central just became a bit more interesting.
10) Washington Nationals
Going from one team I mentioned not to sleep on to another, the Nats have gone 10-2 in their last 12 games and are now better than Harper’s new team the Phillies by half a game. They also hold the home field advantage in the Wild Card game against them. It would be a dream situation to see the Nationals host the Phillies in the NL Wild Card Game with Harper back in what would be his first majorly important game as a member of the Phillies.
11) Oakland A’s
Oakland doesn’t quite seem to go away — they’re like that pesky bug that keeps bothering you until it gets tied and then goes away. The A’s are keeping the West race somewhat close (7.5 games) but still don’t have the talent to compete with the Astros — or any other team for that matter — in the AL playoffs.
12) Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies continued their downward spiral theses last two weeks by falling to third in the East. For a team that made so many moves, including bringing in Bryce Harper, they should not be this bad as they hover around .500. They have a slight lead on the Wild Card by a half game and that doesn’t include the other teams that are within three games of them (five other teams)
13) Milwaukee Brewers
I’m convinced no one wants to win the NL Central and I’m not sure why either, because they would play the NL East winner most likely, rather than playing a Wild Card game before having to play the Dodgers. The Brewers lead the division but not by much as the Red (last place) are only 4.5 games back.
14) Chicago Cubs
The Cubbies are the best suited to win the division as I feel they are the best team, even though they aren’t playing like it. Losing eight of their last 12 they are losing whatever grip they had on the division and everyone else in the division is in play. I’m sure they will make some moves by the deadline and be buyers rather than sellers and we’ll see them separate from the pack.
15) St. Louis Cardinals
The Cards need pitching if they are going to be contending with the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch. The back end of Wainwright, Wacha and Hudson are not what they used to be so upgrading them would be a big step in the right direction. Getting back Ozuna and Carpenter from injury will also be valuable as they make a run at the division.
16) Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona, like everyone else in the West, is playing for second place. No one is catching the Dodgers — or even thinks they will — so the Wild Card is the next best thing for everyone. But, with no one separating themselves from the Wild Card race, the Giants seem to be players in the race. Time will tell but I don’t think any of the West teams can make that push.
17) Los Angeles Angels
Tragedy struck the Angels last week with the passing of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Teams get “motivated” for a lack of a better word when something tragic happens to them or to someone close to them. Expect the Halos to be in the mix for the Wild Card as Skaggs watches from above. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Angels organization and the Skaggs Family.
18) Colorado Rockies
Colorado is 24-19 at home and 20-26 away from Coors Field. Too bad they don’t play more home games than away as it seems they just are used to the altitude at home. Pitching has been and always will be this team’s downfall. German Marquez is their best pitcher and he supports a 4.45 ERA (5.73 ERA at home and a 3.33 ERA on the road)
19) San Diego Padres
If I had to pick one team to make it out of the West to make the Wild Card it would be the Padres. They are the most complete team on offense, and pitching. If they choose to rest their young arms then they will drop out of contention but if they let them go all out they can sneak into the playoffs.
20) San Francisco Giants
I didn’t think I would say this but the Giants are playing for something after winning seven of their last 11 and sitting 5.5 out of the Wild Card. They are in a good situation because if they trade some veteran players they will be stocking up for the next few years, and if the young players they call up play well they will get valuable playing time in a playoff race.
21) Pittsburgh Pirates
The pirates are just too inconsistent to make any kind of run at the postseason. They went 8-5 these last two weeks and still sit in fourth place in the Central. The other teams around them I feel are personally better and the inconsistency will catch up to them and lead them to be sellers at the deadline.
22) Chicago White Sox
The most interesting team this week is the White Sox, winning six of 10 and pulling within seven games of the Wild Card. Do I think they will make a run? No, but it would be fun watching them cause issues for the Twins Indians in the Central race as they find himself in a position to make a postseason run.
23) Cincinnati Reds
Going back to rooting for the underdog I’m all for rooting for the Reds to win the Central. No one wants it so why not them? With only 4.5 games to go, I would love to see them put together a few wins and become a player at the deadline as long as they don’t trade away too much of the future to become that player.
24) New York Mets
Will the Mets trade Noah or Jacob? They are saying no, but the smart thing is to do so. They need to stock up again and build from within. They already have a franchise player in Pete Alonso, Rosario is starting to show he is everything he was hyped up to be and Conforto has been showing that the season he had a few years ago was no fluke. Also, they need to fire Mickey Callaway and start fresh from a management perspective as well.
25) Seattle Mariners
I hoped we would get to see Daniel Vogelbach in the Home Run Derby but we didn’t. Instead, I got to watch him go 0-1 in the All-Star game as the only Mariner to represent the team. Next year will be a new year for their GM to hype up the team have me buy into it, go 18-3 and be excited for April and then depressed and patiently waiting for the season to end. I am just hoping to see Jarred Kelenic sooner rather than later in Seattle.
26) Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays are not as bad as we think they just play really good teams. As much as I want to gush about Vlad and his Home Run Derby performance, we all knew what to expect out of him. Now it’s time to look at the future on the mound for the Jays as Nate Pearson is looking like he is MLB ready and ready to take the Ace role from Stroman once he is traded at the deadline.
27) Miami Marlins
Miami now holds the worst record in the NL but come two weeks from now with the Mets playing so poorly and Miami playing better, they might not be bottom feeders any longer. Sixto Sanchez, Victor Mesa and Monte Harrison need to be called up sooner rather than later to gain experience at the Major League level while Zack Gallen holds down the rotation.
28) Kansas City Royals
Nothing good is going on in KC. They play in a very weak division that they could contend in sooner rather than later if the right moves are made, but when you sign players like Billy Hamilton to contracts thinking he can save your club then those right moves seem so far away.
29) Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore is moving up slowly but surely. The rebuild for them might take another year but they are on the right track, it is just unfortunate they are in the AL East where the Rays, Sox and Yankees are always good.
30) Detroit Tigers
Nothing great to really say about the Tigers other than good luck next year. Losing 10 of 12 they are not going to be relevant for a while in the AL.
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