MLB Power Rankings 9/24/2012

Power Rankings
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1 Washington Nationals 1
On Thursday, the Nationals clinched a playoff spot, becoming the 1st Washington DC based team to reach the postseason since the 1933 Senators.
2 Cincinnati Reds 2
 With a 6-0 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday, the Reds became the first team to clinch their division this season.
3 Texas Rangers 3
 Since joining the Rangers on July 31st, Ryan Dempster is 6-2 with a 4.92 ERA in 9 starts.
4 New York Yankees +3 7
 After winning 2 straight extra inning games, the Yankees fell to Oakland 5-4 on Sunday.
5 San Francisco Giants +1 6
 The Giants capped off a 6 game winning streak by clinching the NL West on Saturday with an 8-4 victory over the Padres.
6 Atlanta Braves -2 4
 Kris Medlen’s 0.76 ERA since July 29th is the best in baseball in that span.
  7 Baltimore Orioles +3 10
 The Orioles have won 16 straight extra innings games, as they beat the Red Sox on Saturday 9-6 in 12 innings.
8 Oakland Athletics -3 5
The A’s have been somewhat lackluster since taking 3 of 4 in Anaheim, but they still hold a 2.5 game lead over the Angels in the Wild Card race.
9 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -1 8
The Angels are on a 7-3 run and are just 2.5 games behind Oakland for the 2nd AL Wild Card spot.
10 Tampa Bay Rays -1 9
 The Rays swept Toronto this weekend to remain in the playoff hunt, but they still sit 3.5 games out of a spot.
11 St. Louis Cardinals 11
 Despite going 6-1 over their last 7, the Cardinals still are barely holding on to the 2nd wild card spot, as the Brewers and Dodgers are right behind them.
12 Chicago White Sox 12
 The White Sox were swept by the Angels this weekend, as the Tigers continue a surge that could lead them to overtake Chicago.
13 Detroit Tigers +1 14
Miguel Cabrera now leads the AL in all 3 triple crown categories, but according to WAR, he is not even the most valuable player on his own team. That would be Justin Verlander, whose 7.0 WAR is .4 better than Cabrera’s.
14 Milwaukee Brewers +2 16
Ryan Braun is the only player in baseball with 100 runs scored and 100 RBIs in each of the last 4 seasons.
15 Los Angeles Dodgers -2 13
 With Clayton Kershaw getting Sunday’s start, the odds are the Dodgers will get their aces help 2 more times this season, as they try to overtake Milwaukee and St. Louis.
16 Philadelphia Phillies +2 18
With a loss on Sunday, the Phillies are now 5 games out of a playoff spot, and it appears as if they are done.
17 Arizona Diamondbacks 17
 Wade Miley may be at the front of the NL ROY race as he has gone 16-10 with a 3.25 ERA in 27 starts this season.
18 Pittsburgh Pirates -3 15
 AJ Burnett posted a 5.15 ERA with the Yankees in 2011. This season, for Pittsburgh, Burnett is 15-7 with a 3.64 ERA. This has been his best season since 2009, his first with the Yankees.
19 Seattle Mariners 19
The Seattle Mariners have homered in a season high 13 straight games as of Sunday.
20 Kansas City Royals +3 23
In his major league debut, Jake Odorizzi went 5.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 3.
21 San Diego Padres 21
Chase Headley (29) and Carlos Quentin (16) are the only Padres with double-digit home runs this season.
22 New York Mets -2 20
Ike Davis has hit 28 home runs this season, but is slugging just .448.
23 Boston Red Sox +1 24
 Since being traded to the Red Sox, James Loney’s OPS (.569) is only about .100 points worse than Adrian Gonzalez’s (.670). A large gap, but not as substantial when considering what the gap should be between the 2 players.
24 Toronto Blue Jays -2 22
 Despite playing in just 44 games, Anthony Gose’s 15 steals are 2nd most on the Blue Jays.
25 Miami Marlins 25
 Jose Reyes is on pace to play 160 games this season, the first time he has done that since 2007.
26 Minnesota Twins +1 27
Glen Perkins has quietly had a very successful season. He has 13 saves, a 2.48 ERA, and 17 strikeouts in 65.1 innings.
27 Cleveland Indians -1 26
 The Indians have 7 players who have hit double-digit home runs, but the most any one player has hit this season is 16 from Carlos Santana.
28 Chicago Cubs +1 29
 The last time Alfonso Soriano hit 30+ home runs with 100+ RBIs, like he has this year, was in 2005 with the Texas Rangers.
29 Colorado Rockies -1 28
Wilin Rosario’s 26 home run season is the most ever by a Colorado Rockies rookie. Todd Helton set the previous record of 25 in 1998.
30 Houston Astros 30
 The Houston Astros are 1 loss (or Rockies win) away from clinching the 1st overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Biggest Jump: Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees +3

Biggest Drop: Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics -3

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