MLB Power Rankings 8/20/2012

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1 Washington Nationals 1
On Sunday, Gio Gonzalez won his 16th game of the season, becoming the first National to have that many wins in a single season.
2 Cincinatti Reds +1 3
 Billy Hamilton Watch: Hamilton now has 143 steals on the year. He is just 2 steals shy of Vince Coleman’s minor league record of 145.
3 New York Yankees +1 4
 Last night was Ichiro’s second multi-homer game of the season. This is the  first time in his career that he has had multiple multi-home run games in the same season.
4 Texas Rangers -2 2
 On Saturday, Joe Nathan achieved his 22nd consecutive save, a club record. His streak ranks 2nd in the majors this year behind Chris Perez of the Indians.
5 Atlanta Braves 5
In his first 4 starts for the Braves this year, Kris Medlen has a miniscule 1.05 ERA.
6 Tampa Bay Rays +3 9
Tampa Bay’s 37 runs scored in last weeks 4 game sweep of the Angels is the most runs ever scored by the Rays in a 4 game series.
  7 Los Angeles Dodgers +7 14
Chad Billingsley threw 7 scoreless innings against the Braves on Sunday night, allowing him to pick up his career high 6th consecutive win.
8 Pittsburgh Pirates 8
 Starling Marte was placed on the 15-day DL over the weekend, due to a strained right oblique. Marte has hit .253 in 23 games since his callup.
  9 San Francisco Giants +1 10
Over his last 2 starts, Ryan Vogelsong has allowed 11 runs, more than he allowed in each of the last 4 months.
10 Chicago White Sox -4 6
Adam Dunn hit his 400th career home run on Saturday. It was his major league leading 35th bomb of the season. Dunn and Paul Konerko are the only teammates to hit their 400th career home runs in the same season in major league history.
11 Oakland Athletics 11
The A’s celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their AL record 20 game winning streak on Saturday. The 2012 A’s are on a streak of their own, as the have vaulted themselves into the postseason hunt.
12 St. Louis Cardinals -5
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 The Cardinals lost a 19 inning heart breaker on Sunday to the division rival Pirates. Jaime Garcia became the first Cardinals lefty since Rick Ankiel in 2000 to have a 10 strikeout, no walks start.
13 Baltimore Orioles +2 15
 Despite their -43 run differential, the Orioles continue to hold onto the final Wild Card spot.
14 Detroit Tigers -1 13
The Tigers fell to the Indians on Sunday 7-5, after taking an early 5 run lead. The Tigers hadn’t lost a game all season in which they led by 3 or more runs until Sunday’s loss.
15 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -3 12
 The Halos have lost 13 of their last 18 games, and are in dire need of a rain check. Over the weekend, the Angels were swept at home by the Rays in a 4 game series for the first time in club history.
16 Arizona Diamondbacks 16
 The D-backs won their 4th straight game on Sunday, as they swept the Astros in Houston. They currently sit just 4.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.
17 Boston Red Sox 17
 The Red Sox received more bad news over the weekend, as it was announced that Carl Crawford would be undergoing Tommy John surgery.
18 Seattle Mariners +3 21
 The Mariners have an AL leading 3 series sweeps since the All-Star break.
19 New York Mets 19
 In his 5 starts this season, Matt Harvey has recorded 34 strikeouts. That is the 3rd most strikeouts through a players first 5 career starts in Mets history. He trails two stars in Dwight Gooden and Nolan Ryan.
20 Toronto Blue Jays -2 18
 The Blue Jays offense has been solid this season, ranking 9th in the majors in runs scored, but their pitching has been horrible, as their 4.53 staff ERA ranks 26th.
21 Philadelphia Phillies +3 24
 The Phillies have won 6 of their last 10, and are no longer in the NL East cellar.
22 Kansas City Royals +5 27
Jeremy Guthrie nearly no-hit the White Sox on Sunday, en route to a series sweep. The Royals have won 7 of their last 10 games.
23 Miami Marlins +2 25
 Giancarlo Stanton’s 494 foot home run at Coors field on Friday was the longest home run in the big leagues since 2009.
24 Milwaukee Brewers -4 20
 Aside from Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Braun may be one of the top MVP candidates. He is currently hitting .305/.383/.594 with 33 home runs and 20 steals.
25 Cleveland Indians -3 22
 The Indians have lost 18 of their last 22 games. They are 10-26 overall since the All-Star break.
26 San Diego Padres -3 23
 The Padres received some good news last week, as it was announced that a group led by Ron Fowler and Peter O’Malley had purchased the Padres for close to $800 million.
27 Minnesota Twins -1  26
 Minnesota went 0-10 with runners in scoring position on Sunday, as they were swept by the Mariners at home for the first time since 2001.
28 Chicago Cubs 28
 Alfonso Soriano hit his 1000th career RBI over the weekend, and is currently enjoying his best season since 2007, his first with the Cubs. He is hitting .262/.321/.490 with 22 home runs and solid defensive ratings.
29 Colorado Rockies 29
 There is a strong possibility that Jhoulys Chacin will be returning to the Rockies rotation this week. Chacin had a 7.30 ERA in 5 starts to begin the season, before he went on the DL.
30 Houston Astros 30
 The firing of manager Brad Mills over the weekend was the likely result of the front office and ownership finding a scapegoat for the Astros horrendous season.

Biggest Jump: Los Angeles Dodgers +7

Biggest Drop: St. Louis Cardinals -5

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