Phillies out of their cage, Blue Jays doing fine

MLB Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals are back at the bottom of this week’s MLB Power rankings. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

This week’s MLB Power Rankings further separates teams in the playoffs from those who don’t stand a chance after the season.

August is almost over and the MLB Power Rankings are far less about the feel and more about where the teams actually rank in the table. There are fewer ways for certain clubs to pull themselves together and actually make a run. While there are still some good playoff races left, the number of teams with practical postseason opportunities has diminished.

As we wrap up August, more teams have fallen by the wayside and apparently didn’t have a miracle planned for 2022. Their place in the MLB power rankings continues to slide as they get closer to the bottom than the top.

Where do the 30 MLB teams rank with just a few miles left in the season as some World Series contenders switch places this week and some others drop into the second half?

30) MLB Power Rankings: Washington Nationals

That Washington Nationals must really want to finish last. It’s fair enough. This has helped them draft Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg in the past. While it’s not a great strategy in Major League Baseball, we all know the deal in Washington.

This is a season of continued rebuilding with a more realistic urge to tear it all down. The deal with Juan Soto made sure of that. The Nationals are debuting some of their young players and seeing what the roster could look like next season. At least they have an intention, even if it means losing.

29) MLB Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Pirates

Finally the terrible Pittsburgh Pirates Run differential of -197 catches up with them. They’ve been one of the worst teams in that stat all year, but somehow managed to have a better record than others. There’s a reason we don’t judge teams too quickly. The MLB season is long.

The Pirates receive the second place loser award this week. They also give young players like Oneil Cruz a chance to play. Unfortunately, this is a team we’ve seen underperform for much of the past three decades. Is this just an off-year or the continuation of a process that never seems to work?

28) MLB Achievement Rankings: Oakland Athletics

Do not be fooled Oakland Athletics are better than the Nationals or Pirates. You are actually right there with them. However, this week they’re just moving on because the other two are a little worse right now.

Things are not looking good for Oakland in the coming years. So much uncertainty about the franchise and few young stars leaves little hope for a big future. Athletics could even be on the move again. This nomadic baseball organization needs to get out of Oakland. Will any city take them?

27) MLB Power Rankings: Detroit Tigers

That Detroit Tigers keep doing what they’ve been doing all year. They rarely get runs and wasted what should have been a well-built bullpen.

The Tigers are ahead in the rebuilding process compared to some other teams. They were able to debut a few younger players this season with mixed results. This season’s pain may pass quickly as long as their adventures don’t end as badly next season as they did this year. Cheer up Tigers fans. It can’t get much worse.

26) MLB Achievement Rankings: Cincinnati Reds

As bad as them Cincinnati Red were able to replenish the farm system and give young players like Hunter Greene many innings. Soon they could look like they did about a decade ago with lots of young players.

Now it’s time to try it. See if they can stumble upon something special or if a player belongs in a certain role. They lost the 2022 season in April. Use the team they still have on schedule to get a few things on what they have for 2023. Phillies out of their cage, Blue Jays doing fine

John Verrall

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