Cardinals rule; Cubs, Mets, Jays jump

Updated: August 10, 2015, 12:39 PM ET
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In Week 19 of our rankings, the St. Louis Cardinals take it to 11 -- holding the No. 1 spot for the 11th consecutive week. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets all leaped five spots to shake up the top 10.

This week's voters are Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Eric Karabell of ESPN Fantasy, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN and David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ESPN.com. Most of the team comments come courtesy of the bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. How do you rank all 30 teams? Go ahead and rank them yourself.

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2015 Power Rankings: August 10
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
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Last Week: 1
The Cardinals continue to post the best record in baseball on the strength of pitching and rookie hitters such as left fielder Stephen Piscotty (.328/.375/.431) and center fielder Randal Grichuk (.286/.332/.569), whose name is entering the rookie of the year conversation. -- Matt Philip (@fungoes), Fungoes
2
Royals
66-44
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Last Week: 2
They're on pace for 97 wins, which would tie the second-highest mark in franchise history with the 1980 team that reached the World Series. The 1977 team, which went 24-1 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 25, won 102 games. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
3
Pirates
65-44
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Last Week: 3
The Pirates have allowed 20 runs in their past four games -- but won all four as the offense hit .362 and scored 31 runs while beating the Cubs and then sweeping the Dodgers. Next up: a big road trip to St. Louis and then the Mets.-- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
4
Dodgers
62-49
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Last Week: 4
Clayton Kershaw's 37-inning scoreless streak came to an end Friday on the first pitch of the game, as Gregory Polanco put it in the stands. After hitting only .198 in July, Yasiel Puig batted only .167 in his first six games of August. Los Angeles is 37-18 at home, and host the Nationals and Reds this week. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
5
Cubs
62-48
5
Last Week: 10
After an impressive week of baseball against the Pirates and Giants, the Cubs enter a stretch of games on Tuesday that sees them play 13 in a row against sub-.500 teams. The problem? Sub-.500 teams have been the Achilles' heel of the Cubs this season. If ever there were a time to pounce, this is it. -- Joe Aiello (@VFTB), View from the Bleachers
6
5
Last Week: 11
The Jays are firing on all cylinders and a flurry of deadline moves has injected life into the fan base not seen in Toronto since the early '90s. The league's best offense has received the pitching help it needed, as Blue Jays pitchers lead the AL in ERA in the second half. They still trail the Yankees by 1.5 games for the division lead, but with 49 games to go, that's surmountable. -- Gideon Turk (@gideonturk), Blue Jays Plus
7
Mets
59-52
5
Last Week: 12
Since July 24, the Mets have scored the third-most runs (77) in the National League, averaging 5.5 runs per game. Prior to that date, they were scoring 3.4 runs per game. Their 19 home runs since July 28 are the most in the NL and second most in MLB. -- Joe Janish (@metstoday), Mets Today
8
Yankees
61-49
1
Last Week: 7
In a test-filled week of division matchups, the Yankees passed against the lowly Red Sox and failed against the surging Blue Jays, who are now on the Yankees' heels in the AL East standings. And there's no rest for the weary as the Yanks will face another big test this weekend when they once again face off against the Blue Jays in Toronto. -- Stacey Gotsulias (@StaceGots), It's About the Money
9
Giants
59-52
3
Last Week: 6
The Giants are in the midst of a grueling stretch that could determine whether they make it back to October. Their eight-team, 26-game swing against teams with winning records got off to a bad start, as they dropped four straight games to the Cubs and fell to 3.5 games behind in the wild-card race. -- Andrew Tweedy (@WCBGiants), West Coast Bias
10
Astros
61-52
5
Last Week: 5
With six losses in seven games, their four-game lead over the Angels has shrunk to half a game. Sunday's loss was tough: After Rasmus' three-run homer in the ninth gave the Astros a 4-3 lead, the A's rallied for two runs, a rally started when Correa didn't get rid of the ball quickly enough on an infield single. It was just the second loss for the Astros after leading in the ninth. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
11
Angels
59-51
3
Last Week: 8
Newcomers David Murphy, David DeJesus and Shane Victorino have yet to provide much offense, hitting .178 in 73 at-bats with two walks, 21 strikeouts and seven RBIs. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
12
3
Last Week: 9
Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman, whose return to form from injury is key to taking back the NL East from the Mets, homered in the same game for the first time since July 2014. -- Harper Gordek (@harpergordek), Nationals Baseball
13
Orioles
56-54
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Last Week: 13
On a tough West Coast road trip, the Orioles are doing their best to hang in the playoff chase. Chris Davis has been on fire and Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph have all been hitting well. -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot
14
Rangers
55-55
1
Last Week: 15
Getting Mike Napoli adds some right-handed pop to balance a lefty-heavy lineup and gives the Rangers a chance to pick up the four games that separate them from the Angels in the wild-card standings. -- Brandon Land (@one_strike_away), One Strike Away
15
Twins
55-56
1
Last Week: 14
The turnaround of Minnesota's pitching staff was the defining story of a surprising first half, but since the break the Twins are 6-16 and have an MLB-worst 6.17 team ERA. -- Nick Nelson (@NickNelsonMN), Twins Daily
16
Rays
56-56
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Last Week: 16
The Rays remain around the .500 mark, a handful of games out of the final American League playoff spot. The offense has shown signs of life recently, led by franchise player Evan Longoria. They hope to add Drew Smyly at the end of the August as they attempt to remain in the race. -- Tommy Rancel (@trancel), The Process Report
17
Tigers
54-57
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Last Week: 17
The Tigers' tumultuous week started with the abrupt dismissal of GM Dave Dombrowski and wrapped up with a dugout shoving match. In between, they continued to tread water, though they did take a series from the runaway Royals. -- Grey Papke (@walkoffwoodward), Walkoff Woodward
18
1
Last Week: 19
Randy Johnson's stature in D-backs history may be impossible to match, but now his 2,077 franchise-leading strikeouts in eight seasons, World Series ring and recent Hall of Fame induction are recognized at Chase Field with his No. 51 retired. On the current staff, only Rubby De La Rosa has yet crossed the 100-strikeout threshold, with 113. -- Ryan P. Morrison (@ryanpmorrison), Inside the 'Zona
19
1
Last Week: 20
The Sox stood pat at the deadline with their biggest trade chip, Jeff Samardzija, who closed July on a streak of 10 straight starts of seven innings or more. Since Aug. 1, the Sox are 2-6 and Samardzija has covered just 9.1 innings, with a 15.43 ERA, in two starts. -- James Fegan (@TheCatbird_Seat), The Catbird Seat
20
Indians
51-59
1
Last Week: 21
After struggling to hit with runners in scoring position all season, the Indians had an offensive outburst against the Twins this weekend, hitting over .400 with RISP. In his first game with the Indians on Saturday, Abraham Almonte went 4-for-5 with two RBIs; it was the best debut offensive performance for the Indians in at least 100 years. -- Stephanie Liscio (@stephanieliscio), It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
21
Braves
51-61
2
Last Week: 23
Everyone thought the Braves were rebuilding with youth, but now feature a veteran-filled lineup of Bourn, Swisher, Pierzynski, Gomes, Maybin and Markakis. Adonis Garcia, their 30-year-old rookie third baseman, will soon be replaced by another 30-year-old rookie, Hector Olivera. At least their rotation doesn't feature a player who is yet 25 years old. -- Martin Gandy (@gondeee), Chop County
22
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Last Week: 22
The Seattle offense is clicking of late, something the M's have waited for all year long. A trio of hitters have all gotten hot in the last month. Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager are all among the top 35 position players in baseball over that span, although it may be too little, too late. -- Jeff Wiser (@outfieldgrass24), Inside the 'Zona
23
Padres
52-60
5
Last Week: 18
Losing three out of four at home to Milwaukee damaged their already small playoff hopes. The pitching staff has allowed 120 homers through its 110 games, after yielding 117 total in 2014. The Padres got five starts and 33 innings out of Brandon Morrow this year, and now he's going to have shoulder impingement surgery. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
24
Reds
49-60
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Last Week: 24
After grabbing the headlines with his All-Star exploits, third baseman Todd Frazier has struggled, hitting just .157/.211/.277 with two homers in the second half. -- Chad Dotson (@dotsonc), Redleg Nation
25
1
Last Week: 26
The A's questionably signed Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal and he's been a huge flop, hitting .239/.305/.365 as the team's DH. That makes him below replacement level at minus-1.1 WAR, 11th worst in the majors among position players. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
26
Red Sox
50-62
1
Last Week: 25
Henry Owens had a strong debut with the Red Sox, a five-inning effort with five hits and three ER, but also five strikeouts and just one walk. Still, it may be 30-year-old Steven Wright opening the most eyes recently, riding his power knuckleball to 17 strikeouts in his last 15 innings with two excellent outings. -- Ryan P. Morrison (@ryanpmorrison), Inside the 'Zona
27
Rockies
47-62
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Last Week: 27
With the team already in spoiler mode, Carlos Gonzalez has been more than worth the price of admission over the past five weeks. After winning NL Player of the Month in July, Cargo was hitting .292/.333/.625 in August before hitting two home runs Sunday against Nationals ace Max Scherzer, his fourth multihomer game in his past 16. -- Adam Peterson (@PlayerTBNL), Rockies Zingers
28
Brewers
48-65
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Last Week: 28
An up-and-down week advanced the Brewers' rebuilding, with success against the Padres and trouble against the NL Central. Khris Davis stormed the stage for the bats, and Tyler Cravy earned Kyle Lohse's rotation spot, giving Brewers fans moves and performances to continue framing the future. -- Nicholas Zettel (@spectivewax), Disciples of Uecker
29
1
Last Week: 30
After sweeping the Padres over the weekend, the Phillies improved to 16-5 since the All-Star break -- and climbed out of the NL East cellar for the first time since May 27. Dom Brown even has four home runs in his past nine games. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
30
Marlins
44-68
1
Last Week: 29
Jose Fernandez is now dealing with right shoulder stiffness and is to be evaluated by team physician Dr. Lee Kaplan. Fernandez labored through 38 pitches in the fourth inning Friday, the most he's thrown in one inning in his career. He had made seven starts (4-0 record, 2.30 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 43 innings) since returning from Tommy John surgery. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit

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