MLB Power Rankings: Ugly season continues for A's, Giants
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The home stretch arrives for contending teams, while the remaining clubs already are looking ahead to 2018...
30) Phillies (53-86)
Power only tells part of the story for rookie Rhys Hoskins, who shows the patience and strike zone knowledge of a veteran.
29) Giants (55-87)
Joe Panik’s record-breaking series at Coors Field provided a ray of light in this lost season.
28) White Sox (54-84)
How quickly will some of Chicago’s top prospects force their way to the bigs? That will generate plenty of offseason discussion.
27) A’s (59-80)
Their ability to hit the ball out of the yard at least keeps fans entertained in an otherwise dreary season.
26) Tigers (59-80)
It had to be tough for Detroit fans to watch J.D. Martinez enjoy that four-homer game in a Diamondbacks uniform.
25) Mets (60-79)
Yoenis Cespedes’ offseason begins early due to a hamstring injury.
24) Reds (61-79)
Right-hander Robert Stephenson, a Martinez native, is on a roll having won each of his past four starts.
23) Braves (61-77)
They’re eight games under .500 at home, playing their inaugural season at SunTrust Park.
22) Padres (62-78)
Adding some punch to that offense has to be a priority looking ahead to 2018.
21) Blue Jays (64-76)
Major downer of a season, any way you slice it.
20) Marlins (67-72)
Postseason hopes are sunk, but Giancarlo Stanton’s pursuit of 60 homers is must-see stuff.
19) Pirates (67-73)
Give us those vintage throwback unis — gold jerseys and black pants — any day of the week.
18) Mariners (69-71)
It’s going to take a serious hot streak — and fast — for this team to grab a Wild Card spot, and there’s too many horses missing from the rotation.
17) Royals (69-69)
Mike Moustakas has made himself a lot of money with a monster season — whether it’s re-signing with K.C. or scoring on the open market this winter.
16) Rays (70-71)
They play six games against the AL East-leading Red Sox over the next 10 days. … Yikes.
15) Rangers (70-69)
The Yankees and Mariners visit Arlington in the next week, and the home team needs to take care of business against both Wild Card hopefuls.
14) Orioles (71-68)
A 30-HR, 100-RBI second baseman who’s only 25? Yep, Jonathan Schoop is a pretty nice commodity.
13) Angels (72-68)
They went out and got Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips, strengthening the top of a lineup anchored by some dude named Trout.
12) Brewers (72-68)
Getting swept by the last-place Reds shouldn’t happen to a team with realistic postseason aspirations.
11) Cardinals (72-67)
The Cards host Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in back-to-back series in the coming week, a nice chance to gain ground for these Wild Card pursuers.
10) Twins (72-67)
Brian Dozier is sculpting another excellent season atop Minnesota’s batting order.
9) Rockies (74-65)
They tackle one tough road trip against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks as they try to strengthen their postseason position.
8) Yankees (74-64)
They remain atop an entertaining American League Wild Card race.
7) Cubs (76-63)
There are enough storylines with other elite teams to take the spotlight off the defending World Series champs. This will work to their advantage.
6) Red Sox (79-61)
They’re in hot water for stealing signs from the arch-rival Yankees. Could you write this script any better?
5) Diamondbacks (82-58)
Their franchise-record 13-game winning streak includes two sweeps of the Dodgers.
4) Nationals (85-54)
Bryce Harper is sporting cornrows. Hey, you gotta find a way to stay in the news when you’re sidelined by a knee injury.
3) Astros (86-53)
Houston made its blockbuster trade for a starter with Justin Verlander. It just happened to come Aug. 31 and not July 31.
2) Indians (83-56)
Winners of 14 in a row, and that stinging World Series loss last fall provides big-time motivation.
1) Dodgers (92-47)
It’s been a nasty slide indeed, but take some deep breaths Dodger fans. It’s all about how this team is playing entering the postseason.