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Power Rankings: Top teams solidify spots

May 30, 2023

Contrary to what your memory might tell you, the Rangers have in fact made the postseason since their crushing loss in the 2011 World Series, during which they were one strike away from winning their first championship. One strike away, twice. They’ve reached the playoffs three times since then: A

Power Rankings: Division races heating up

May 21, 2023

The season is a little more than one-quarter complete, and while a few teams have risen to the top of their division standings with commanding leads, no one has separated themselves from the competition with a double-digit advantage. Even the Rays, who, if they keep this up, could threaten the

Surprise team cracks Top 5 in Power Rankings

May 14, 2023

While the Rays continue to hold down the top spot in this week's Power Rankings, a familiar National League powerhouse is charging up the standings -- and a new contender has seemingly emerged in the American League West. Though the top two spots remained the same, there was plenty of

1 surging club on verge of cracking Power Rankings Top 5

May 8, 2023

This week's Power Rankings feature a big shakeup thanks to teams that are surging and others that have gone into a tailspin. With a surprising 6-1 record last week, one particular American League East club has vaulted up the list with one of the biggest single-week jumps we've ever seen.

2 surprise teams make big jumps in Power Rankings

April 30, 2023

We do not, alas, have a historical spreadsheet of all the Power Rankings over the last six years. Here’s a statement we nevertheless feel comfortable making: This is the first time the Baltimore Orioles have been in the top five. The Orioles just had a 5-2 week, and they were

New No. 1 in Power Rankings is on another roll

April 23, 2023

The latest edition of’s weekly Power Rankings features a new team atop the list, a shakeup among the remaining clubs in the top five, and a surprising surge from a National League Central club that continues to raise eyebrows early on this season. Biggest Jump: The Pirates remain the

End to historic win streak shakes up Power Rankings

April 16, 2023

It actually happened: The Rays lost. They actually lost twice! While the Rays are, alas, not going to go 162-0 this year -- or 161-1, for that matter -- they have firmly established themselves as contenders moving forward. After all: Even if they go .500 the rest of the season,

No. 1 in Power Rankings is no shock. But after that ...

April 9, 2023

The season is less than two weeks old, and with so few games crossed off the schedule, our rankings are where they always are this time of year – all over the place. It’s way too early to glean much from the standings, except to state the obvious: Preseason expectations

Power Rankings: Familiar club climbs back to Top 5

September 26, 2022

As we enter the final full week of the Major League season, a team that previously spent a decent amount of time in the top spot has worked its way back into the Top 5. The Yankees have turned things around following a late-season swoon, but they aren’t the only

Rivals tangle for position in Power Rankings

September 18, 2022

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Top 5 hold strong in latest Power Rankings

September 13, 2022

The Yankees have had their struggles recently (to put it mildly), but they helped themselves over the weekend when they swatted away the team that is likely their biggest threat in the AL East division. The Yankees’ second-half spiral allowed the Rays, and to a lesser extent, the Blue Jays,

Power Rankings: Lots of movement in Top 10

September 6, 2022

For the first time since our April 24 edition, the Yankees are not in the top 5 of this week’s Power Rankings -- and that opened up a spot for another storied franchise. The Cardinals, for the first time since those same April rankings, jumped into the No. 5 spot

Power Rankings: Who has edge for September stretch?

August 29, 2022

This week’s Power Rankings feature some big shifts with clubs in the American League East, with the team making the largest gain on the list and the team seeing the biggest drop both emerging from that division. As the calendar flips to September and postseason races heat up, it’ll be

Power Rankings: One AL club putting top teams on notice

August 21, 2022

The September stretch run is around the corner and the races for division titles, home-field advantage in the postseason and, of course, the Wild Card chase in each league -- now with three spots up for grabs for the first time -- are intensifying. With that as the backdrop, this

Power Rankings: Surging clubs shake up Top 5

August 14, 2022

As recently as a month ago, it looked as if no team would be able to surpass the Yankees in the race for the best record in the American League. That has changed. The Astros, who have won four in a row and are 7-3 in their past 10, own

There is a new No. 1 atop Power Rankings

August 7, 2022

The Yankees’ run atop the Power Rankings has come to an end after claiming the No. 1 spot in eight consecutive polls. With the Dodgers surging past the Yankees for the top record in the Majors last week, Los Angeles also leapfrogged New York in the latest edition of the

Power Rankings: Did the Deadline shake up the hierarchy?

August 4, 2022

Now that the Trade Deadline -- one of the wackiest, zaniest, action-packed Deadlines we’ve seen in recent times -- is behind us, it’s time to take a look at where teams landed in our first Power Rankings of August. There wasn’t a ton of movement from our last pre-Deadline rankings,

New No. 2 in Power Rankings heading into second half

July 20, 2022

The All-Star Game took place a week later than usual, which means that even with the slight extension of the season due to the lockout, most teams are already well past the 90-game mark. Some storylines relevant at this point come as no surprise -- the Yankees and Astros are

Power Rankings: New team storms into top 5

July 10, 2022

Though the first half of the season has seen plenty of change up and down our weekly Power Rankings, things mostly remained the same atop the rankings heading into the final week of games before the All-Star break. While some first-place teams are starting to pull away, other divisions are

Power Rankings: Yanks, Astros pacing field

July 5, 2022

If the postseason began today, four of five teams from the American League East would be in. Let’s assume for now that the Yankees run away with the division, which looks likely, given their 13-game lead over the second-place Red Sox. That leaves Boston, Toronto and Tampa Bay as the

Power Rankings: Shakeup in the Top 5

June 27, 2022

The Astros and Yankees’ four-game series over the weekend provided great theater, and gave us what might very well be a preview of more drama to come in October. The series had everything -- two walk-off hits by Aaron Judge, an Astros combined no-hitter (the second time they’ve done this

Power Rankings: NY, SoCal clubs hold strong

June 19, 2022

Is it too early to start talking about the Wild Card race? Probably, but let’s do it anyway. In total -- American League and National League combined -- 13 teams are either in the top three in their respective races, or within five games of the third spot. Some you’re

Power Rankings: No debate who's No. 1

June 12, 2022

The Phillies’ incredible surge has vaulted them up our latest weekly Power Rankings, while the Brewers have gone in the other direction since last week's rankings after falling out of first place in the National League Central. Meanwhile, the Yankees continue to roll on in dominant fashion as some of

Power Rankings: Perfect week brings new No. 1

June 5, 2022

For the past month, there has been a consensus top two in these rankings -- though the exact order of those storied franchises continues to alternate. After the Dodgers leaped the Yankees for top billing in last week’s Power Rankings, the Yanks responded by simply winning every game they played

Here are the Power Rankings through May

May 31, 2022

Memorial Day weekend has always been loosely considered a significant point on the baseball calendar. By this time, teams that are likely to be relevant in their division races in September are starting to separate themselves from the pack, while you may see others who played a little over their