MLB power rankings: Indians hold top spot; Diamondbacks remain strong


The 22-game winning streak may be over.

But the Cleveland Indians captured their second straight AL Central title and claimed No. 1 spot in USA TODAY Sports’ baseball power rankings for the second consecutive week.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season schedule, the Indians hold a two-game lead over the Houston Astros for home field advantage.

Meanwhile. it appears the Los Angeles Dodgers righted the ship, winning two of three against the Washington Nationals in what could be a preview of the NL Championship.

From 1 to 30, how they stack up based on voting from our 10-person panel:


1. Cleveland Indians: —

►Streak may be over, but Tribe can still reach 100 wins for the second time since 1954.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers: 

►Now, on to the hard questions, like: Who pitches in October?

3. Houston Astros: +1

►Division in hand, top task now: Avoid Chris Sale in a best-of-5.

4. Washington Nationals: -1

►Bryce Harper would mean so much to the offense.


5. Arizona Diamondbacks: —

►J.D. Martinez can’t stop hitting home runs.

6. Boston Red Sox: —

►The last time David Price was a reliever, Rays went to World Series.

7. Chicago Cubs: +1

►About to get Addison Russell back.

8. New York Yankees: -1

►Aaron Judge: Still good.

9. Colorado Rockies: —

►Who says a leadoff hitter, Charlie Blackmon, can’t drive in 100 runs?

10. Minnesota Twins: +1

►Byron Buxton: Best second half since Patriots trailed 28-3.

11. Milwaukee Brewers: -1

►Going to get one more shot at the Cubs.

12. Los Angeles Angels: +1

►Can patchwork pitching staff limp into playoffs?

13. St. Louis Cardinals: -1

►Only question now is how significant off-season shakeup will be.

14. Seattle Mariners: +3

►Starting pitchers averaging just 5 1/3 innings per outing.

15. Texas Rangers: —

►Joey Gallo is going to hit 40 home runs, just as everyone envisioned.

16. Kansas City Royals: 

►Eric Hosmer taking a career-best .389 OBP, .897 OPS into free agency.

17. Tampa Bay Rays: +1

►Alex Cobb will be rare Rays pillar who makes it to free agency without getting traded.

18. Baltimore Orioles:  -4

►2-8 road trip doomed wild card hopes.

19. Toronto Blue Jays: +2

►Three straight 30-homer seasons for Josh Donaldson.

20. Miami Marlins: +1

►Giancarlo Stanton on pace for 59 homers; can he make it 60?

21. Pittsburgh Pirates: -1

►17-28 since Aug. 1. Off-season re-tooling ahead?

22. Atlanta Braves: —

►Averaging 30,000 per game at new stadium; drew 25,000 a night at Turner Field.

23. Oakland Athletics: +2

►Now the Moneyball A’s don’t even have AL consecutive wins record.

24. San Diego Padres: -1

►Raise your hand if you thought patchwork rotation would have better ERA (4.75) than Mets (5.13).

25. New York Mets: -1

►Should Noah Syndergaard bother returning this season?

26. Cincinnati Reds: —

►No. 2 overall pick Hunter Greene says pitching is ‘primary focus,’ not shortstop.

27. Detroit Tigers: —

►Matt Boyd’s near no-hitter bright spot in dreary September.

28. Chicago White Sox: —

►Hey, manager Rick Renteria leads the majors in ejections (7).

29. Philadelphia Phillies: +1

►Rhys Hoskins or Carson Wentz?

30. San Francisco Giants: -1

►Will finish season as only team without a 20-home run hitter.

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