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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Aug. 19, 2019

August 19, 2019
Here are this week's MLB power rankings: 

1. New York Yankees (83-43, No. 3 last week): They keep on keeping on. But how is manager Aaron Boone going to piece together a starting staff good enough to run the postseason gauntlet?

2. Houston Astros (79-46, No. 1): The Astros are just 10-7 since their trade deadline haul. While Yankees had a better week, Houston's starting pitching is head and shoulders the best in AL.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (82-44, No. 2): The Dodgers have seemed somewhat disinterested, but the Yankees are in town Aug. 23-25. Might it be a preview of the 2019 World Series?

4. Atlanta Braves (74-52, No. 5): Despite all their injured position players, the Braves beat the red-hot Mets twice in three games, then did the same to the Dodgers.

5. Washington Nationals (67-56, No. 7): Yeah, it's a big deal that closer Sean Doolittle is on injured list, but the Nationals have enough talent now to cover the late innings. Still, they have to get the real Max Scherzer back to have any chance at grabbing the ring.

6. Minnesota Twins (76-48, No. 6): The Twins' 5-1 week gets them back in front of the Indians in the AL Central, and with White Sox and Tigers on this week's dance card, they have a real chance to build momentum.

7. Cleveland Indians (74-51, No. 4): The Indians' momentum was halted this past week. A big series against Mets looms at Citi Field Aug. 20-22.

8. Tampa Bay Rays (73-52, No. 10): Kevin Cash won't win AL Manager of the Year, but how he's managed to have them in the wild-card run without starters Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell is nothing short of amazing.

9. Oakland Athletics (71-53, No. 11): I understood the Homer Bailey deal. I really got the Tanner Roark deal. But I don't see how Matt Harvey helps, even if it is just a minor-league deal.

10. St. Louis Cardinals (65-57, No. 13): It's taken first baseman Paul Goldschmidt a good chunk of the season to resemble the legend of Phoenix. He's batting just .260 for the season, but in his past 24 games, he is batting .309 with a 1.021 OPS. During those 24 games, he has tallied 10 homers and 24 RBIs.

11. New York Mets (64-60, No. 8)
12. Chicago Cubs (66-58, No. 9)
13. Milwaukee Brewers (64-60, No. 12)
14. Philadelphia Phillies (64-60, No. 14)
15. Boston Red Sox (67-59, No. 16)
16. San Francisco Giants (63-62, No. 19)
17. Arizona Diamondbacks (62-63, No. 15)
18. Los Angeles Angels (62-64, No. 21)
19. Texas Rangers (60-64, No. 18)
20. San Diego Padres (58-65, No. 20)
21. Cincinnati Reds (58-65, No. 17)
22. Colorado Rockies (57-67, No. 22)
23. Chicago White Sox (55-68, No. 23)
24. Seattle Mariners (52-73, No. 25)
25. Toronto Blue Jays (52-75, No. 24)
26. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-72, No. 26)
27. Kansas City Royals (44-80, No. 28)
28. Miami Marlins (45-78, No. 27)
29. Baltimore Orioles (39-85, No. 29)
30. Detroit Tigers (37-84, No. 30)
Originally published Aug. 15, 2019