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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Sept. 4, 2017

September 4, 2017
Here are this week's rankings. 

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (92-44 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week) -- How good have the Dodgers been in 2017? This past week was their worst of the season at 1-5. But you have to go back to week three of the season, when they went 2-4, to find a rough week. It was the only time they were below .500 overall at 9-10. This week, their lone win came Sept. 1 during left-hander Clayton Kershaw's return from the DL. 

2. Cleveland Indians (80-56, No. 2) -- A perfect 7-0 week included two difficult double-header sweeps against the Yankees and Tigers. They are rounding into form nicely on both sides of the game.

3. Houston Astros (83-53, No. 7) -- Did owner Jim Crane go all-in on right-hander Justin Verlander to give his entire city a huge lift? Even if that was not the reasoning, he and general manager Jeff Luhnow recovered nicely from a botch job at the July 31 trade deadline. The acquisition moved the stagnant Astros up four places and Verlander hasn't thrown an inning yet for his new team.

4. Chicago Cubs (75-61, No. 5) -- They now have a somewhat comfortable four-game lead over the Brewers for the National League Central crown, but the young and feisty Brewers come to Wrigley for an important three-game showdown Sept. 8-10.

5. Arizona Diamondbacks (79-58, No. 4) -- First they shocked the big, bad Dodgers with a three-game sweep Aug. 29-31, then they stayed on-point and swept the slumping Rockies at Coors Field. Skipper Torey Lovullo will be hard to beat in the Manager of the Year category.

6. Washington Nationals (82-54, No. 3) -- Right-hander Max Scherzer, outfielder Jayson Werth, shortstop Trea Turner and reliever Ryan Madson all returned from the DL. But with no set date for outfielder Bryce Harper's return, they slip three spots.

7. Boston Red Sox (77-60, No. 6) -- The rotation is suddenly showing signs of not being ready for the primetime stage the postseason becomes. While the lineup presents good individual names and numbers, collectively, they don't scare anyone the way they did when slugger David Ortiz was there. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is still hurting and showing the effects of being hit on the hand in early July. Since then, a span of just about two months, Bogaerts has just 11 RBIs.

8. New York Yankees (73-63, No. 8) -- They just got both veteran slugger Matt Holliday and the oft-injured Greg Bird back off the DL, and so far they've helped. Left-hander CC Sabathia's weird rant about the Boston Red Sox bunting in the first inning highlighted the series, which the Yankees took three of four games in. 

9. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (70-67, No. 12) -- Owner Arte Moreno stepped up nicely to allow general manager Billy Eppler to go out and acquire pricey and productive outfielder Justin Upton and fading but still productive second baseman Brandon Phillips. The job manager Mike Scioscia and his pitching coach Charles Nagy have done in reshaping the bullpen has been extraordinary.

10. Minnesota Twins (71-65, No. 10) -- Paul Molitor's credentials for AL Manager of the Year are impressive. After the club went into mini-sell mode a few weeks back and dealt recently acquired starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and closer Brandon Kintzler, they jump-started themselves to go 17-9 and grab the second Al Wild Card spot. They seem intent on keeping that spot, but the starting pitching history says hold your horses.

11. Milwaukee Brewers (72-65, No. 11)
12. Baltimore Orioles (70-67, No. 13)
13. Colorado Rockies (72-64, No. 9)
14. Seattle Mariners (69-68, No. 14)
15. St. Louis Cardinals (69-67, No. 19)
16. Texas Rangers (68-68, No. 17)
17. Tampa Bay Rays (68-70, No. 18)
18. Kansas City Royals (67-68, No. 15)
19. Miami Marlins (67-69, No. 16)
20. San Diego Padres (62-75, No. 23)
21. Pittsburgh Pirates (65-72, No. 21)
22. Toronto Blue Jays (63-74, No. 20)
23. Cincinnati Reds (58-79, No. 24)
24. Atlanta Braves (60-75, No. 22)
25. New York Mets (58-78, No. 27)
26. Detroit Tigers (58-78, No. 25)
27. Oakland Athletics (58-78, No. 26)
28. San Francisco Giants (54-85, No. 28)
29. Philadelphia Phillies (52-84, No. 30)
30. Chicago White Sox (54-81, No. 29)

Catch "The Bat Around" with Stan "The Fan" Charles every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at PressBoxOnline.com/StanTheFan.  Follow him on Twitter at  @StanTheFan.  

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