MLB Power Rankings: Week 17

By Sean Murphy - Covers Expert

The A's are still the team to beat in this week's edition of our Power Rankings, but the Nationals and Giants are making their move up the list. Meanwhile, the Brewers continue to regress.

MLB Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 61-37
-207 Oakland
A weekend series win over the Orioles solidifies the A's spot atop the rankings this week.
2 2 same 59-38
-204 LA Angels
It's been quite a turnaround in Anaheim, although the Angels are only living up to expectations following a long run of underachievement.
3 4 up 1 54-41
-198 Detroit
The Tigers endured a tough series at home against the Indians but remain in full control in the A.L. Central.
4 9 up 5 53-43
-194 Washington
Washington is probably right where it wants to be as July winds down, with Bryce Harper's return serving as an added bonus.
5 6 up 1 54-45
-189 St. Louis
Just like that, the Cards have climbed all the way back into a first place tie with the Brewers in the N.L. Central.
6 3 down 3 55-45
-185 LA Dodgers
Injury concerns are looming large as the Dodgers remain locked in a battle for top spot in the N.L. West.
7 11 up 4 54-44
-182 San Francisco
It seems that the Giants are far more comfortable chasing the N.L. West division lead than they are holding on to it.
8 5 down 3 53-44
-178 Baltimore
I'm not going to knock the Orioles for dropping a series in Oakland. In fact, I'll give them credit as it really could have gone either way.
9 7 down 2 54-45
-173 Milwaukee
We've seen considerable regression from the Brewers following that terrific start. Here's thinking they'll sink to third place in the division before long.
10 8 down 2 54-44
-167 Atlanta
The Dan Uggla experiment has come to a merciful end in Atlanta. That could be the first of several moves from the Braves front office in the next two weeks.
11 12 up 1 52-46
-163 Pittsburgh
The Pirates need a big second half in order to stay in contention in the N.L. Central. So far, so good following a sweep of the Rockies.
12 10 down 2 52-46
-158 Seattle
The hot-and-cold Mariners are the latter at the moment, and things won't get any easier with Robinson Cano banged up.
13 16 up 3 50-47
-153 NY Yankees
The Yankees suddenly look like they're in excellent position to go on another run with a 10-game homestand on deck.
14 17 up 3 50-48
-147 Cleveland
Who would have thought the Indians would pace the MLB home run race in the month of July?
15 13 down 2 51-47
-145 Cincinnati
The Reds are starting to feel the effects of injuries to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.
16 15 down 1 51-48
-141 Toronto
The Jays own a +21 run differential, yet still remain tied with the Yankees (-29 run differential) for second place in the A.L. East.
17 14 down 3 48-49
-136 Kansas City
Kansas City has slipped back under the .500 mark, due in large part to a struggling offense.
18 19 up 1 47-52
-131 Chi. White Sox
While they may be all but out of contention in the A.L. Central, White Sox fans still have to be optimistic about what the future holds.
19 24 up 5 46-52
-126 Boston
Everything is working for the Red Sox right now as they do their best to make up for lost time.
20 22 up 2 47-53
-125 Tampa Bay
Chalk up another series sweep for the Rays as they continue their ascent in the American League.
21 18 down 3 46-52
-119 NY Mets
Jon Niese is quietly leading the Mets rotation, having recorded a terrific 2.96 ERA.
22 20 down 2 45-52
-117 Miami
The future is bright in Miami, even if a lack of consistency is holding them back in 2014.
23 21 down 2 44-53
-113 Minnesota
Joe Mauer remains on the shelf as the Twins try to stay afloat in the A.L. Central.
24 23 down 1 43-55
-109 Philadelphia
The Phillies aren't the doormat that they were a year ago, but they're by no means a contender either.
25 25 same 43-55
-106 San Diego
The Padres pitching staff continues to hold down the fort as they try to stay relevant in the top-heavy N.L. West.
26 30 up 4 43-56
-103 Arizona
It should be a busy 10-day stretch for the D-Backs as they'll likely have a fire sale leading up to the July 31st trading deadline.
27 26 down 1 40-57
101 Chi. Cubs
The Cubs have quite simply gone in the tank since dealing away Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
28 28 same 41-58
103 Houston
We saw some of the Astros offensive potential in Sunday's 11-run explosion at the dish in Chicago.
29 27 down 2 40-58
107 Colorado
The 2014 season will likely go down as one of the most disappointing of all time in Denver, for more reasons than one.
30 29 down 1 39-59
109 Texas
Things can't get much worse for the Rangers, who start the new week with a series against the surging Yankees in the Bronx.

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.