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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Sept. 23, 2019

September 23, 2019
Here are this week's MLB power rankings: 

1. Houston Astros (102-54, No. 1 last week): Luckily, the Astros have right-handers Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Grienke before they get to lefty Wade Miley. Miley had a solid performance against the Royals Sept. 15, pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs. But in his other three September starts, he has allowed 16 earned runs in 1.1 innings. Yikes.

2. New York Yankees (102-55, No. 2): The Yankees lost 17-game winner Domingo German because of a domestic abuse incident, but lefty James Paxton and righty Luis Severino -- yes, that same Luis Severino -- are giving them hope for a magical postseason run.

3. St. Louis Cardinals (89-67, No. 5): Sure, both the Dodgers and Braves have better season records, but the Cardinals are 31-12 in their past 43 games. The Cards' rotation trio of right-handers Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson and Adam Wainwright is looking awfully dominant of late.

4. Atlanta Braves (96-61, No. 3): The Braves are healthy again, and with a fortified bullpen, GM Alex Anthopoulos' bunch is dangerous and capable of getting to World Series.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (100-56, No. 4): The Dodgers are still very talented group and quite capable of getting to Series, but they're looking like no match for Yankees or Astros. To win it all, they would need magical run by right-hander Walker Buehler, and that feels like a stretch.

6. Oakland Athletics (94-62, No. 7): Bob Melvin may not just be Manager of the Year for 2019 -- it's beginning to look like he is the heir to other Bay Area Managing God, Bruce Bochy.

7. Minnesota Twins (96-60, No. 6): I hate to be so negative about a team that well might win 100 games, but they do play the Tigers, Royals and White Sox nearly 60 times.

8. Milwaukee Brewers (86-70, No. 11): The Brewers lost their best player (outfielder Christian Yelich), but they got lucky with the schedule. Hey, it's not their fault the competition got easy.

9. Washington Nationals (85-69, No. 8): The Nationals peaked just before the All-Star break before the best pitcher in baseball broke down. But now ace right-hander Max Scherzer is showing signs he could be back. With the Nats' remaining schedule being more difficult than the Brewers', the Nats may lose home-field advantage in the one-game wild-card match. If Scherzer is locked, loaded and healthy, the Nats should still prevail and get to the next round.

10. Tampa Bay Rays (92-64, No. 10): The Rays are putting forth a valiant effort and could be very dangerous in a one-gamer to get to next round, but hard to see any further advancement.

11. Cleveland Indians (92-64, No. 13): See write-up on the Rays.

12. New York Mets (81-74, No. 12)
13. Philadelphia Phillies (79-75, No. 14)
14. Chicago Cubs (82-74, No. 9)
15. Arizona Diamondbacks (80-76, No. 16)
16. Boston Red Sox (81-74, No. 15)
17. San Francisco Giants (75-81, No. 19)
18. Cincinnati Reds (73-83, No. 18)
19. Texas Rangers (75-81, No. 17)
20. Chicago White Sox (68-87, No. 22)
21. Seattle Mariners (66-90, No. 23)
22. San Diego Padres (70-86, No. 20)
23. Los Angeles Angels (70-86, No. 24)
24. Toronto Blue Jays (63-93, No. 26)
25. Colorado Rockies (67-89, No. 25)
26. Pittsburgh Pirates (65-91, No. 21)
27. Kansas City Royals (57-100, No. 27)
28. Miami Marlins (54-101, No. 29)
29. Baltimore Orioles (51-105, No. 28)
30. Detroit Tigers (46-109, No. 30)