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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017
Here are this week's rankings:

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (68-31 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week) -- Just as they took complete control of the National League West and appear to be serious contenders to win the World Series, ace Clayton Kershaw exited the July 23 game with back stiffness. It raised the possibility that the Dodgers win the Yu Darvish sweepstakes.

2. Houston Astros (65-33, No. 2) -- There's an internal tug of war over whether the club needs a front-line starter or a reliever who can shorten games.

3. Washington Nationals (59-38, No. 3) -- The early results in Step 1 of general manager Mike Rizzo's bullpen fix are positive. Is there more to come?

4. Cleveland Indians (51-45, No. 6) -- They miss second baseman Jason Kipnis mightily. However, Danny Salazar's return to the rotation from the disabled list -- he allowed one hit in seven innings against the Toronto Blue Jays -- was a huge shot in the arm.

5. Boston Red Sox (55-45, No. 4) -- After weeks of trying to shop for external fixes at third base, the Red Sox are turning to 20-year-old wunderkind Rafael Devers. A bold gambit by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and his people.

6. Chicago Cubs (51-46, No. 9) -- Since the Jose Quintana pickup, the Cubs' level of play has picked up, as they've won eight of nine. Word is they may hone in on Oakland Athletics starter Sonny Gray. Could this be Orioles closer Zach Britton's landing spot?

7. Colorado Rockies (58-42, No. 12) -- They went 5-1 to bounce back after going 7-15 during previous four weeks. The Rockies still have a strong chance at one of the two NL wild-card berths.

8. Arizona Diamondbacks (56-42, No. 10) -- They're in a 4-11 stretch but are still in the NL wild-card hunt. The Diamondbacks acquired the big-bat of J.D. Martinez for a package of youngsters, but he has been out after being hit by a pitch in his first game July 19. 

9. New York Yankees (51-46, No. 8) -- It's hard to believe general manager Brian Cashman won't improve the starting pitching via trade before July 31.

10. Kansas City Royals (50-47, No. 13) -- After an 0-5 record in Week 4, the Royals were No. 30 in my power rankings. This is their first time in the top 10. Thought to be selling off multiple pieces, the Royals now may try to pick up a starting pitcher.

11. Milwaukee Brewers (53-48, No. 5)
12. Tampa Rays (51-48, No. 7)
13. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-50, No. 17)
14. Seattle Mariners (49-51, No. 11)
15. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (49-51, No. 19)
16. Minnesota Twins (49-48, No. 15)
17. St. Louis Cardinals (47-51, No. 18)
18. Baltimore Orioles (47-51, No. 22)
19. Texas Rangers (48-50, No. 14)
20. Atlanta Braves (47-50, No. 16)
21. New York Mets (45-51, No. 20)
22. Detroit Tigers (45-52, No. 24)
23. Miami Marlins (44-52, No. 23)
24. Toronto Blue Jays (44-54, No. 21)
25. Oakland Athletics (44-54, No. 25)
26. San Diego Padres (43-55, No. 27)
27. Cincinnati Reds (41-57, No. 26)
28. Chicago White Sox (38-57, No. 28)
29. San Francisco Giants (38-62, No. 29)
30. Philadelphia Phillies (34-62, No. 30)

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