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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Aug 21, 2017

August 21, 2017
Here are this week's rankings:

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (87-35 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week) --  The best team in baseball acquires outfielder Curtis Granderson a day before probable National League  Rookie of the Year first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger sprains his ankle. That's how it goes when you are living right.

2. Cleveland Indians (68-54, No. 3) -- The overall strength of their starting pitching is shining through. Right-hander Trevor Bauer pitching well gives them an big extra boost.

3. Boston Red Sox (71-52, No. 2) -- Third baseman Rafael Devers' injection cannot erase the questions surrounding the rotation pieces beyond Chris Sale and Rick Porcello.

4. Washington Nationals (74-48, No. 4) -- Voodoo around the team strikes again, with righty-hander Max Scherzer having a neck issue just as the Nationals get righty Stephen Strasburg back. 

5. Houston Astros (76-48, No. 5) -- It's curiously beginning to look like general manager Jeff Luhnow is standing pat after the acquisitions or pitchers Francisco Liriano and Tyler Clippard.

6. Chicago Cubs (66-57, No. 6) -- They're fighting mightily to win the NL Central, but with left-hander Jon Lester on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue, their pedigree may not be enough. Could the champs emerge at the last minute to acquire right-hander Justin Verlander? There's a reason president of baseball operations Theo Epstein will one day be in the Hall of Fame.

7. New York Yankees (66-57, No. 9) -- They bounced back with a 5-2 week after going 5-8 during the previous two weeks. It looks like left-hander CC Sabathia could be primed for a solid stretch of starts.

8. Milwaukee Brewers (65-60, No. 10) -- They rebounded after a six-game losing streak to win six of seven. They have kept the heat on the Cubs.

9. Colorado Rockies (68-56, No. 8) -- They cannot stall their way into the playoffs. The Rockies are 4-8 during the past two weeks. That just won't cut it, as the Brewers are closing in on them in the NL wild-card race.

10. Arizona Diamondbacks (67-57, No. 7) -- Always lumped in with the Rockies, the Diamondbacks are 4-9 during the past two weeks. Right-hander Zack Greinke losing to the Minnesota Twins Aug. 19 hurt.

11. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (64-60, No. 11)
12. Minnesota Twins (63-59, No. 13)
13. Seattle Mariners (63-62, No. 14)
14. Kansas City Royals (62-61, No. 16)
15. Texas Rangers (61-62, No. 20)
16. St. Louis Cardinals (63-61, No. 12)
17. Baltimore Orioles (60-64, No. 15)
18. Miami Marlins (60-62, No. 19)
19. Tampa Bay Rays (61-65, No. 18)
20. Toronto Blue Jays (59-65, No. 21)
21. Pittsburgh Pirates (60-64, No. 17)
22. Atlanta Braves (55-67, No. 23)
23. San Diego Padres (55-69, No. 26)
24. Cincinnati Reds (53-72, No. 27)
25. New York Mets (54-68, No. 22)
26. Detroit Tigers (54-69, No. 24)
27. Oakland Athletics (54-70, No. 25)
28. San Francisco Giants (50-76, No. 28)
29. Chicago White Sox (47-74, No. 29)
30. Philadelphia Phillies (45-77, No. 30)

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