MLB Power Rankings: Week 21

By Sean Murphy - Covers Expert

We finally have a new team at the top of our Power Rankings with the Angels surpassing the division rival A's. Both the Nationals and Royals made significant jumps up. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays and Pirates are fading.

MLB Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 72-50
(61-61-0)
-204 LA Angels
Even with Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton mired in late summer slumps, the Halos have still managed to chase down the A's in the A.L. West.
2 1 down 1 73-51
(63-61-0)
-202 Oakland
For the first time in weeks, the A's fall out of top spot following back-to-back disappointing series' in Kansas City and Atlanta.
3 7 up 4 69-53
(60-62-0)
-199 Washington
The Nats' are firmly entrenched as top contenders for the N.L. crown, in spite of their early season slide.
4 3 down 1 70-52
(72-50-0)
-196 Baltimore
Maybe I'm higher on the O's than most, but even when they've been off their game, they've still been awfully good. Case in point their sweep-avoiding win in Cleveland on Sunday.
5 4 down 1 70-56
(61-65-0)
-192 LA Dodgers
A series sweep at the hands of the Brewers, at home no less, knocks the Dodgers down a couple of pegs this week.
6 5 down 1 70-55
(63-62-0)
-189 Milwaukee
The Brew Crew continue to get the job done, and they’re by no means doing it with smoke and mirrors.
7 11 up 4 68-55
(71-52-0)
-185 Kansas City
Kansas City remains one of the hottest teams in baseball, and the surprise leader in the A.L. Central.
8 6 down 2 66-56
(55-67-0)
-181 Detroit
Injury concerns continue to hamper the Tigers as they try to keep their heads above water down the stretch.
9 8 down 1 66-57
(53-70-0)
-177 St. Louis
The Cardinals may be a better team than they've shown, but until Yadier Molina returns, they'll remain on the outside looking in as far as true N.L. contenders go.
10 14 up 4 67-56
(71-52-0)
-173 Seattle
You have to think the Mariners are right where they want to be at this stage of the season, even if they do sit in third place in the A.L. West.
11 10 down 1 65-58
(61-62-0)
-169 San Francisco
San Francisco is battling hard to hang around in the N.L. West race. Gutsy come-from-behind wins over the White Sox and Phillies keyed the past week.
12 12 same 64-60
(60-64-0)
-165 Atlanta
Where did that come from? Following a disappointing series against the Dodgers, the Braves responded with a series sweep of the A's.
13 15 up 2 63-59
(61-61-0)
-162 NY Yankees
I liked what I saw from the Yankees over the weekend, as they took two of three from the Rays on the road, but they'll need to keep it going in order to make any further noise in the A.L. East.
14 9 down 5 64-60
(67-57-0)
-156 Pittsburgh
The Buccos have picked a bad time to hit the skids, dropping five games in a row entering the new week.
15 13 down 2 64-61
(68-57-0)
-154 Toronto
Speaking of bad timing, the Jays have completely fallen apart in August, which is good news for the front-running Orioles.
16 16 same 61-63
(53-71-0)
-150 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay scratched and clawed its way back to the .500 mark before dropping back-to-back games to the Yankees over the weekend. An impressive feat nonetheless.
17 19 up 2 62-61
(58-65-0)
-145 Cleveland
The Tribe just can't seem to put it all together, with their offense and pitching taking turns carrying the load rather than working in concert.
18 18 same 62-62
(64-60-0)
-143 Miami
Believe it or not, the Marlins are still in the thick of the N.L. Wild Card chase.
19 17 down 2 61-63
(63-61-0)
-138 Cincinnati
The Reds are reeling again, with six losses in their last eight games. Needless to say, injuries have played a major role in their struggles.
20 20 same 59-66
(73-52-0)
-133 NY Mets
When the Mets are running good they look like they're just a few pieces away from contending in the N.L. East. Unfortunately those stretches haven't lasted nearly long enough.
21 21 same 58-65
(59-64-0)
-129 San Diego
If you're looking for a legitimate spoiler down the stretch, the Padres should fit the bill. They've been the definition of a 'tough out' lately.
22 23 up 1 56-67
(51-72-0)
-124 Boston
The Red Sox have too much talent on hand not to take one more run at the .500 mark before it's all said and done this season.
23 22 down 1 59-65
(64-60-0)
-118 Chi. White Sox
We saw what the White Sox offense is capable of in the team's weekend series win over the Blue Jays.
24 25 up 1 54-70
(58-66-0)
-113 Philadelphia
Despite some of the gains the Phillies have made this year, the fact is, they're just a half-game better than the lowly Cubs.
25 24 down 1 55-67
(62-60-0)
-108 Minnesota
Things are looking up again for the Twins, if for no other reason than Joe Mauer has returned to the lineup.
26 26 same 53-70
(63-60-0)
-105 Chi. Cubs
The building blocks for the future may be in place, but the Cubs are going to need some star power in order to truly return to relevance.
27 27 same 52-73
(67-58-0)
-101 Houston
Credit the Astros for not backing down at Fenway Park, even if they didn't get the result they were hoping for in the four-game set.
28 28 same 53-71
(58-66-0)
103 Arizona
Have the D-Backs become the least interesting team in baseball? You have to figure they win the award this season at least.
29 30 up 1 49-75
(63-61-0)
107 Colorado
Even if the Rockies are mired in a disastrous campaign, they proved that they can still tear the cover off the ball in Sunday night's rout of the Reds.
30 29 down 1 48-76
(50-74-0)
110 Texas
We've seen a monumental fall from grace in Arlington this year. Most knew things could go bad, but few could have envisioned this level of disaster.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative moneyline index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative moneyline does not account for non-statistical factors like home-ice advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, and publicity.