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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Sept. 11, 2017

September 11, 2017
Here are this week's rankings:

1. Cleveland Indians (87-56 overall record, No. 2 ranking last week) -- An 18-game winning streak blots out their lethargic first half of the season. The Indians are looking like the American League's best team right now.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (92-51, No. 1) -- One has to wonder if losing 15 of their past 16 has wiped away the confidence the Dodgers had built up for most of the season.

3. Washington Nationals (85-85, No. 6) -- The Dodgers' stumble has to have the Nationals realizing they really can get to the World Series.

4. Houston Astros (86-57, No. 3) -- There were good vibes for a week after acquiring right-hander Justin Verlander, but they were shattered by getting swept by the last-place Oakland Athletics.

5. Boston Red Sox (81-62, No. 7) -- Their electronic cheating admission diminishes the club's reputation and raises questions of whether its edge was gained illegally. The claim that president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and manager John Farrell didn't know is insulting.

6. Arizona Diamondbacks (83-60, No. 5) -- They're probably not ready for the big moments that are called for in a championship run, but the Diamondbacks may have shaken the Dodgers' confidence with 6-0 run against them. 

7. Chicago Cubs (77-66, No. 4) -- After a painful weekend sweep at home by the young Milwaukee Brewers club, the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals come to town.

8. New York Yankees (77-65, No. 8) -- Due to Hurricane Irma, the Yankees will "visit" Tampa Bay in Queens, N.Y., at Citi-Field -- home of the Mets.

9. Minnesota Twins (74-69, No. 10) -- They could get third baseman Miguel Sano back this week. The Twins are hanging on in a tight battle with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and others for the AL's second wild-card spot. Pitching performance will tell the tale.

10. Colorado Rockies (78-65, No. 13) -- They played this past week as if making the playoffs actually mattered to this group of players. 

11. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (73-70, No. 9)
12. Milwaukee Brewers (75-68, No. 11)
13. St. Louis Cardinals (75-68, No. 15)
14. Texas Rangers (71-71, No. 16)
15. Baltimore Orioles (71-72, No. 12)
16. Seattle Mariners (71-72, No. 14)
17. Kansas City Royals (71-71, No. 18)
18. Tampa Bay Rays (71-73, No. 17)
19. San Diego Padres (65-79, No. 20)
20. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-77, No. 21)
21. Toronto Blue Jays (66-77, No. 22)
22. Miami Marlins (68-75, No. 19)
23. New York Mets (63-80, No. 25)
24. Cincinnati Reds (62-82, No. 23)
25. Atlanta Braves (64-78, No. 24)
26. Oakland Athletics (63-80, No. 27)
27. Detroit Tigers (60-82, No. 26)
28. San Francisco Giants (56-89, No. 28)
29. Philadelphia Phillies (54-89, No. 29)
30. Chicago White Sox (56-86, No. 30)

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