2023 mlb power rankings week 25


It’s time for our final edition of the Power Rankings in 2023, as we head into the final weeks of the regular season. We’ve had a bit of a shakeup in the top five this week, with the National League going from strength to strength and a perennial World Series contender falling out of the upper tier altogether.

As we look ahead to what promises to be an extremely exciting final few days in October, here is a look at the full rankings:

Biggest jump: The Pirates made the biggest jump in the rankings from No. 23 to No. 20 last week by winning four of six games, including a historic comeback win over the Reds on Saturday night – Pittsburgh trailed 9-0. The fourth inning before overcoming the deficit to win 13–12. The Bucs went two of three against the Cubs at Wrigley Field after going two of three at Great American Ball Park.

Biggest decline: It was a tough week for the defending World Series champions. The Astros dropped four spots from last week’s rankings, from 5th to 9th, after going 1-5 on their homestands against the Orioles and Royals. Other than a walk-off win over Baltimore on Wednesday, it was a week to forget, especially the way it ended — the 102-loss Royals beat Houston at Minute Maid Park over the weekend.

1) Braves, 100-56 (Last week: 1)
The Braves remain in their league and become the first team to reach 100 wins this season with a win in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Nationals. As we approach the final week of the regular season, Atlanta may be on the verge of rewriting the record books offensively. The next home run hit by a Braves batter will be the club’s 300th of the season, and the Twins’ MLB record of 307 (2019) is within reach. The Braves could also become the first team in AL/NL history to hit .500 for an entire season. They are currently slugging at .501, and the AL/NL record by the 2019 Astros is .495. This will be an exciting final week for a Juggernaut preparing for a deep postseason run.

2) Dodgers, 96-59 (Last week: 4)
Despite all the adversity the club faced throughout the regular season, especially injuries to key pitchers, the Dodgers once again find themselves heading into the postseason with World Series championship aspirations. They won their 10th NL West title in the last 11 years last week when they went 5-2 thanks to series wins over the Tigers and arch-rival Giants. Taking three of four from the Giants and putting San Francisco’s postseason hopes on life support had to be satisfactory for Los Angeles.

3) Orioles, 97-59 (Last Week: 2)
The Orioles clinched their first postseason berth in seven years on September 17, before going 4–3 with a series win over the Astros the previous week and a series split with the Guardians. They checked a big box by snapping their postseason drought, but they’re looking for more — with a win over Cleveland and a loss to the Rays on Sunday, Baltimore’s magical No. 3 is to win the AL East. A division title would be the Orioles’ first since 2014. If they win it, it will be at home, as they prepare for two games against their Beltway brethren, the Nationals, and then four games against the Red Sox to end the regular season.

4) Rays, 95-62 (Last week: 3)
After winning two of three against the Angels to start the week, the Rays dropped two of three against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field over the weekend. Despite spending the first 3 1/2 months of the season at the top of the division, Tampa Bay is running out of time to capture and retain first place in the AL East. The Rays’ path to finishing the regular season seems to be more difficult than the team they are chasing, the Orioles. Tampa Bay will take the field for the final five games – two against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, followed by three against Toronto at Rogers Centre.

5) Brewers, 88-68 (Last week: 6)
That magical number for clinching the NL Central has been stuck at 1 for a few days, but the Brewers need only a win or a Cubs loss in the final week of the season to be crowned division champions. Milwaukee got off to a great start last week, winning three of four against the Cardinals, and dropped that magical number to its lowest point in the opener of the weekend series with the Marlins. But the Crew dropped the next two in Miami and will return home to American Family Field to try and pick up a win against the Cardinals. After three more meetings with St. Louis, the Brewers will close out the regular season against the Cubs, who may still contend to clinch a postseason berth of their own.

Remaining field of 30:

6. Rangers (Last week: 7)
7. Phillies (9)
8. Blue Jays (8)
9. Astros (5)
10. Twins (11)
11. Sailor (10)
12. D-Backs (13)
13. Cubs (12)
14. Marlins (15)
15. Red (14)
16. Yankees (16)
17. Padres (19)
18. Giants (17)
19. Red Sox (18)
20. Pirates (23)
21. Patron (20)
22. Tiger (21)
23. Mets (22)
24. Angel (24)
25. Cardinals (25)
26. Citizen (26)
27. White Sox (28)
28. Rockies (27)
29. Royals (29)
30. A (30)

Voters: Will Leach, Alison Futter, Anthony Castrovince, Paul Casella, Mark Feinsand, Nathalie Alonso, Arturo Pardavilla, Andrew Simon, David Wayne, Sweeney Murthy, Travis Miller


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