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MLB Power Rankings: Nats falling, Blue Jays rising

Aug 8, 2015, 2:09 PM EDT

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Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes:

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30. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 28) It has been a trainwreck of a season for the Marlins, but at least Jose Fernandez (2.30 ERA, 53 SO, 43 IP) is back to pitching like one of the best starters in baseball.

29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) The Phillies are amazingly 14-5 in the second half so far and have now caught up to the Marlins in fourth place in the NL East.

28. Rockies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Even without Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies have one of the best lineups in baseball. Nolan Arenado is a special player.

27. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 27) If I’m the Brewers, I’m getting Dave Dombrowski on a plane to Wisconsin ASAP.

26. Athletics – Hughes: (LW: 25) It didn’t happen this year, but there is young talent there to build upon in 2016.

25. Red Sox – Hughes: (LW: 26) Could Cherington and/or Farrell be in trouble after this disappointing season?

24. Indians – Zuckerman: (LW: 22) Odd trade with Atlanta, bringing in Johnson for Swisher and Bourne.

23. Braves – Hughes: (LW: 24) Michael Bourn hasn’t been the same since he left Atlanta, perhaps he can revive his career now that he’s back with the Braves.

22. Reds – Hughes: (LW: 21) They decided not to trade Aroldis Chapman, but what’s the sense in having a top-shelf closer on a bad team?

21. Mariners – Zuckerman: (LW: 23) 10th in AL in ERA? That wasn’t supposed to be the case this season.

20. Padres – Hughes: (LW: 20) A week ago they still had playoff hopes, but they have now lost four straight to last place teams.

19. Diamondbacks – Hughes: (LW: 17) Arizona is a starter or two away from being a real playoff contender. Not sure they have enough to do it this year.

18. White Sox – Zuckerman: (LW: 15) Just when you thought they had a run in them, they lose 6 of 8.

17. Tigers – Zuckerman: (LW: 19) Tumultuous week in Detroit sees longtime GM Dombrowski depart.

16. Rays – Zuckerman: (LW: 16) Tough, back-to-back losses by Boxberger.

15. Rangers – Zuckerman: (LW: 18) They still think they’ve got a shot this year. They might be right.

14. Twins – Zuckerman: (LW: 11) Not trending in the right direction.

13. Orioles – Zuckerman: (LW: 14) Davis is on a roll at the plate, pitching remains inconsistent.

12. Nationals – Hughes: (LW: 8) If they are having this much trouble with the Diamondbacks and Rockies, what is going to happen when they play at L.A. and San Francisco?

11. Angels – Zuckerman: (LW: 9) Trout is actually having his best season to date. No, seriously.

10. Mets – Hughes: (LW: 13) Winners of seven straight, the Mets are starting to hit their stride. Are they peaking too early?

9. Blue Jays – Zuckerman: (LW: 12) Trending upward, and they don’t appear likely to reverse course.

8. Giants – Hughes: (LW: 7) A former 18th round pick, Matt Duffy is now a legit candidate for NL Rookie of the Year with a .310/.348/.814 slash line in 96 games.

7. Cubs – Hughes: (LW: 10) It is remarkable what Jake Arrieta (12-6, 2.50) has turned into since he left Baltimore.

6. Astros – Zuckerman: (LW: 6) Showing some impressive resiliency for a young club in a race for the first time.

5. Yankees – Zuckerman: (LW: 5) Can they hold off this Canadian invasion? We’re about to find out.

4. Dodgers – Hughes: (LW: 4) Joc Pederson has just one homer in 17 games since the All-Star break. Did the Home Run Derby throw off his swing?

3. Pirates – Hughes: (LW: 3) Friday night was a very impressive win for the Pirates over Clayton Kershaw in the series opener. This team is no joke.

2. Royals – Zuckerman: (LW: 2) Zobrist: 3 homers in first 8 games with Kansas City. Already worth it.

1. Cardinals – Hughes: (LW: 1) St. Louis reached 30 games over .500 this week. They are on pace for 104 wins.

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  1. joemktg - Aug 8, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    After this weekend, Yanks and Blue Jays have three more series. Schedulers got this right, however, there’s no excuse for a Mets/Yanks series in mid-September.

  2. Doc - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    So who is leaving town when Stras jumps on the roster???

    • unkyd59 - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      I’m thinking Tanner. Get him stretched out, and ready to relieve Joe Cool in the rotation in Sept…

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