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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Aug. 8, 2016

August 8, 2016
Here are this week's rankings.

1. Chicago Cubs (69-41 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week) -- Since Aroldis Chapman took the ball for the first time in a Cubs uniform July 27, Chicago has gone 10-1, which is no surprise. 

2. Washington Nationals (66-45, No. 2) -- The Nationals finished up a strong 5-1 week against Arizona and San Francisco. They are the only National League team with any chance of upending the Cubs' stranglehold on the No. 1 spot.

3. Baltimore Orioles (63-47, No. 4) -- So far, the O's are 2-1 on their all important 10-game road trip. They are about to head West to take on Oakland and San Francisco with their rotation somewhat straightened out.

4. Texas Rangers (65-47, No. 5) -- Lefty Cole Hamels and righty Yu Darvish are a heck of a one-two punch for the Rangers' rotation. But they are counting mightily on the rest of the rotation consisting of lefty Martin Perez, righty A.J. Griffin and now righty Lucas Harrell. They benefited greatly by going 8-5 during the last two weeks, as the Houston Astros' slide has seen them go 3-10 during the same span.

5. Toronto Blue Jays (63-49, No. 8) -- After weeks of internal debate, the Blue Jays decided to keep right-hander Aaron Sanchez in the rotation, but only after adding lefty Francisco Liriano from the Pirates. They needed help getting the ball to closer Al Osuna, so they picked up righty Jason Grilli several weeks ago as step one and traded righty reliever Drew Storen for right-hander Joaquin Benoit as step two.

6. Cleveland Indians (62-47, No. 3) -- The Indians were on a roll in June but have gone 10-11 since the All-Star break.

7. Los Angeles Dodgers (62-49, No. 7) -- The Dodgers lost lefty Clayton Kershaw to the disabled list June 30, but they have more than stayed afloat, going 17-12 since. Newly acquired lefty Rich Hill is not scheduled to start until Aug. 12 against Pittsburg at Dodger Stadium.

8. Boston Red Sox (60-50, No. 6) -- Aside from all the other storylines, it's hard to believe with this offense, lefty David Price is 9-8 with a 4.34 ERA.

9. Detroit Tigers (61-50, No. 13) -- The Tigers have gone 15-7 since the All-Star break. With right fielder J. D. Martinez back, do they have the goods to make this more than a cameo in the top 10?

10. San Francisco Giants (63-48, No. 9) -- It looks like the Giants will have the Dodgers as dance partners all the way through September. They can't shake them.

11. St. Louis Cardinals (58-53, No. 10)
12. Seattle Mariners (57-53, No. 15)
13. Houston Astros (57-54, No. 12)
14. Miami Marlins (59-52, No. 11)
15. New York Mets (57-54, No. 14)
16. Pittsburgh Pirates (55-54, No. 17)
17. Colorado Rockies (55-56, No. 16)
18. New York Yankees (56-55, No. 18)
19. Kansas City Royals (53-58, No. 19)
20. Philadelphia Phillies (52-61, No. 21)
21. Chicago White Sox (53-58, No. 20)
22. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (49-62, No. 22)
23. Minnesota Twins (45-66, No. 26)
24. Tampa Bay Rays (45-65, No. 25)
25. Milwaukee Brewers (49-60, No. 23)
26. San Diego Padres (48-63, No. 27)
27. Oakland Athletics (48-63, No. 24)
28. Cincinnati Reds (45-65, No. 28)
29. Arizona Diamondbacks (45-66, No. 29)
30. Atlanta Braves (41-70, No. 30)


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