Astros, Dodgers brace while Padres, Phillies flinch

MLB Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals settle into last place in the MLB Power Rankings. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

This week’s MLB Power Rankings include a few playoff clinches and a few clubs wincing as they struggle to hold on to a postseason spot.

This is the home straight. Teams secure playoff spots while others shy away from a wild card spot. This week’s MLB Power Rankings offer a glimpse into what’s trending in the league at the end of September, what’s happened and what we can expect in these final days of the regular season.

The MLB playoffs are upon us. Every win matters more than ever.

How are the 30 teams doing in these final weeks of the MLB season?

30) MLB Power Rankings: Washington Nationals

That Washington Nationals familiarize yourself with the last place on this list. Once held for weeks by the Cincinnati Reds, the 2022 season came to a point where the baton passed to the Nationals. They thus expired another post-trading period.

The Nationals are just a few losses away from reaching 100 in the season. After nearly a decade of playing at least competent baseball every year and having one chance, Washington has reentered his early years ahead of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. Well, Strasburg is still on the payroll.

29) MLB Achievement Rankings: Oakland Athletics

MLB should make things interesting and push that Oakland Athletics to play the Nationals in a best-of-5 series to determine who gets first pick in next year’s draft. Would anyone even attend or care? If Oakland won, it would only be a matter of time before they traded the draft pick anyway.

The Athletics, one of baseball’s most chaotic organizations right now, are crawling to the finish line. They followed the script perfectly this year. At the very least, they can cause a little heartbreak with upside wins against better teams in the division.

28) MLB Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Pirates

That Pittsburgh Pirates show their true colors in these last few weeks. Their running difference could end up worse than what the Nationals have at the end of 162 games. That Oneil Cruz found his power swing early this year as a rookie might be one of the few bright spots fans can take into the offseason.

Pittsburgh finds itself in an uncomfortably familiar position. Games are more important to pad stats than anything else. Unfortunately, it looks like the front office won’t be of much help to the club during the winter.

27) MLB Power Rankings: Detroit Tigers

That Detroit Tigers, on the other hand, might have a front office interested in making a real effort to improve the team. Sure, things went wrong for them in 2022. But a young core is already in place and the front office at least spent money last winter.

The Tigers’ greatest need is clear: power. Barring some kind of miracle streak of home runs by Javier Baez or Jeimer Candelario in recent weeks, no one is going to hit 20 home runs for the Tigers. Eric Haase is literally the only hitter with a slugging percentage over .400. The only hope for this team’s bats would be to move the fences another 50 feet.

26) MLB Power Rankings: Kansas City Royals

Let’s try to spin that Kansas City Royals in a good way. Brady Singer looks good. Bobby Witt seems to have potential. Salvador Perez isn’t quite done yet. They are not the tigers.

Barely ahead of the opposing team in Detroit, the Royals are far from perfect and they know it. After all, they were able to score runs this year. They may even emerge victorious from the trade deadline moves they made. Astros, Dodgers brace while Padres, Phillies flinch

John Verrall

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