MLB Power Rankings for Week 23

The Yankees have had their struggles lately (to place it mildly), however they helped themselves over the weekend once they swatted away the staff that’s seemingly their greatest risk within the AL East division.

The Yankees’ second-half spiral allowed the Rays, and to a lesser extent, the Blue Jays, to shut what was not way back a hefty double-digit deficit within the division race. Had the Rays swept the sequence this weekend within the Bronx, they might have been a mere 1 1/2 video games behind the reeling Yankees — an unthinkable state of affairs as lately as a number of weeks in the past.

But the Yankees took two of three to widen the hole to five 1/2 video games forward of the Rays, and they’re six forward of the Blue Jays. This is hardly a snug lead, however the Yankees’ season sequence with the Rays is now full, they usually have solely three extra video games with the Blue Jays. They have 21 video games remaining, and 12 are in opposition to sub-.500 groups. If the Yankees are trying for a sliver of fine information heading into the ultimate stretch run, energy of schedule may be it.

Biggest bounce: The White Sox jumped three spots, from 16 to 13. Including a loss Sunday in Oakland, Chicago has gained 9 of 13 video games underneath appearing supervisor Miguel Cairo, scoring greater than six runs per recreation whereas hitting 21 homers throughout that stretch.

Biggest drop: The Brewers (14 to 16) and Orioles (12 to 14) each dropped two spots. Baltimore opened a homestand final week by dropping three of 4 to Toronto earlier than shedding two of three to the Red Sox.

1) Dodgers (96-43; final week: 1)
The Dodgers rolled over the Padres on Sunday to turn out to be the primary staff this season to clinch a postseason berth. That half was a given, as is clinching the NL West division, which ought to occur quickly. The Dodgers’ magic quantity is right down to 2 to clinch their ninth NL West title previously 10 seasons. It may occur as early as Tuesday. The Dodgers, who’re on tempo for 112 wins this season, have a +310 run differential — greater than 100 runs larger than the Yankees, who’re second with +206.

2) Astros (90-50; final week: 2)
The Astros gained their ninetieth recreation of their a hundred and fortieth recreation of the season on Sunday with a romp over the Angels. It’s the second fewest video games wanted to succeed in 90 wins in franchise historical past. Only the 2019 staff (90 wins in 139 video games) did it quicker. Also, Houston is an MLB-best 35-11 in opposition to left-handed starters this season.

3) Braves (87-53; final week: 3)
The Braves misplaced a wild one to the Mariners on Sunday to drop 1 1/2 video games behind the first-place Mets within the NL East. Atlanta was on fairly a roll earlier than shedding the ultimate two video games in Seattle — they’d gained eight straight, and since Aug. 9, they’re 23-7. That’s the most effective stretch within the Major (*23*) throughout that block of time.

4) Mets (89-52; final week: 4)
The Mets welcomed a much-needed simple win on Sunday once they rolled over the Marlins, 9-3. In the ultimate two video games of the sequence in Miami, the Mets outscored their opponent, 20-6. Individually, Francisco Lindor is one house run shy of tying Asdrúbal Cabrera (23 in 2016) for probably the most homers in a single season by a Mets shortstop. Lindor already has probably the most RBIs by a Mets shortstop in historical past with 91.

5) Cardinals (83-58; final week: 5)
So a lot is occurring in St. Louis today. The Cardinals are operating away with the NL Central — they’re eight video games forward of the Brewers — and Albert Pujols is threatening to succeed in the 700-homer threshold earlier than he calls it a profession. He surpassed Alex Rodriguez on Sunday with No. 697, and if he can get three extra (the Cardinals have 21 video games remaining within the common season), he’ll be a part of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth as the one gamers in MLB historical past to hit 700 homers.

The remainder of the sphere of 30:

Voters: Alyson Footer, Anthony Castrovince, Paul Casella, Mark Feinsand, Nathalie Alonso, Mike Petriello, Sarah Langs, Andrew Simon, David Venn, Brett Blueweiss

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