A's, Angels again in first two spots

Updated: August 4, 2014, 11:26 AM ET
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The Oakland Athletics, who continue to have the best record in the majors at 67-43, are in the top spot in the ESPN.com Power Rankings for the seventh consecutive week.

Trailing the A's by just one game in the American League West, the Los Angeles Angels stay at No. 2 for the fifth straight week. This week's biggest riser: the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who are up three spots to No. 3 (the Toronto Blue Jays are also up three spots to No. 10).

This week's voters: Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ESPN.com and Jayson Stark of 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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2014 Power Rankings: August 4
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
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Last Week: 1
Sonny Gray has been dominant since the beginning of July, compiling a 1.07 ERA over his past six starts. -- ESPN.com
2
Angels
66-44
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Last Week: 2
Closer turned setup man Joe Smith has been the model of efficiency for the Angels the past six weeks. The sidearmer has averaged just under 12 pitches an inning in 21 scoreless appearances since June 24, allowing only two walks and eight hits over that span. His recent run has dropped his season WHIP down to 0.85, which is the third-best mark in all of baseball (minimum 50 IP). -- Nathan Aderhold (@AdrastusPerkins), Halos Daily
3
Dodgers
63-49
3
Last Week: 6
Good news: Since moving to right field, Matt Kemp is 18-for-44 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 12 games. Bad news: Paul Maholm will need knee surgery for an ACL injury, Josh Beckett has struggled trying to pitch with a hip impingement and the relievers are next-to-last in the league with a .331 opponent OBP. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
4
Tigers
61-47
1
Last Week: 3
Miguel Cabrera is batting a whopping .358 since the All-Star break with an equally impressive .411 on-base percentage. -- ESPN.com
5
Orioles
62-48
2
Last Week: 7
With weakness in the starting rotation and second base, the Orioles dealt a top-100 left-handed pitching prospect who was at Double-A for a shutdown backend bullpen arm destined to throw about 15 regular-season innings. Regardless of the logic of that deal, the Orioles not making the playoffs at this point would be mildly surprising. -- Jon Shepherd (@CamdenDepot), Camden Depot
6
Brewers
61-51
1
Last Week: 5
The Brewers endured a 2-4 road trip through Tampa and St. Louis, but beat David Price and Adam Wainwright with impressive offensive performances. They picked up outfielder Gerardo Parra at the deadline on Thursday, but may have lost Matt Garza for a while after he strained an oblique muscle in the Brewers' loss Sunday in St. Louis. -- Ryan Topp (@RDTopp), Disciples of Uecker
7
3
Last Week: 4
In their last eight starts, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Tanner Roark have combined to give up seven earned runs in 56 innings for an ERA of 1.13. -- Harper Gordek (@harpergordek), Nationals Baseball
8
Giants
60-51
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Last Week: 8
Brian Sabean chose to stay quiet at the deadline, hoping that the returns of Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt from the DL would be enough to carry the offense through the final two months of the season. The Giants took two of three from the Mets this past weekend behind solid pitching and formidable offense, as they try to keep pace with the Dodgers in the NL West. -- Andrew Tweedy (@WCBGiants), West Coast Bias
9
Pirates
59-52
2
Last Week: 11
All eyes and ears will be awaiting the injury update to Andrew McCutchen's side. Also, Gerrit Cole was scratched from his rehab start on Saturday and instead threw a bullpen session, so his return may not be imminent. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
10
3
Last Week: 13
The Jays stood pat at the trade deadline, then proceeded to drop three games in a row to the lowly Astros. The team will need to regroup in a hurry, as Baltimore and Detroit are next up on the schedule. -- Matthias Koster, Mop-Up Duty
11
1
Last Week: 10
Newcomers John Lackey, Justin Masterson and A.J. Pierzynski helped the Cardinals take two of three from the Brewers and pull within one game of the NL Central lead; the team will face Boston and recently traded Allen Craig and Joe Kelly this week. -- Matt Philip (@fungoes), Fungoes
12
Braves
58-54
3
Last Week: 9
There's nothing pretty about a six-game losing streak, especially when three of those games were against the Padres, who have a permanent home at the bottom of this list. It might get worse for Atlanta, before it gets better. The Braves' next 15 games are against teams with winning records. -- Martin Gandy (@gondeee), Chop County
13
2
Last Week: 15
They've allowed just 2.88 runs per game since the All-Star break, second-best in the majors ... but are 6-10. Last week's losses included 2-0, 2-1 and 1-0 defeats. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
14
Yankees
57-53
2
Last Week: 12
The Yankees played two last-place teams in consecutive three-game series and finished 3-3. Brett Gardner had a grand ol' time away from Yankee Stadium, batting .478 with five HRs and seven RBIs on the road trip. If the third-place Yanks want to make a run to the postseason, they need to play better against bad teams. -- Stacey Gotsulias (@StaceGots), It's About the Money
15
Royals
57-53
1
Last Week: 16
Under the radar: Wade Davis has been the best middle/setup guy in the majors as he's allowed five runs in 47 1/3 innings, no home runs, a .124 average and has 73 strikeouts. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
16
Reds
56-55
1
Last Week: 17
Cincinnati lost nine of 10 coming out of the All-Star break, and has only scored 40 runs in 16 games since the ASG. Welcome to the wild world of the National League Central! -- Chad Dotson (@dotsonc), Redleg Nation
17
Rays
54-57
3
Last Week: 14
The Rays began life without David Price after trading their staff ace to the Tigers just ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Despite dropping a series to the Angels this past weekend, the club is still just a handful of games out of a playoff spot. It will be difficult without Price, but the newly acquired Drew Smyly makes his Tampa Bay debut on Tuesday. -- Tommy Rancel (@TRancel), The Process Report
18
Marlins
54-57
1
Last Week: 19
The rotation took another hit as Henderson Alvarez went on the disabled list with mild shoulder inflammation. Newly acquired Jarred Cosart took the loss in his Miami debut Friday, going 5 1/3 innings and yielding four runs on four hits with two walks. Casey McGehee since the All-Star break: .200/.310/.267 with two extra-base hits in 60 at-bats. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit<
19
Indians
56-55
1
Last Week: 18
The Indians were sellers at the deadline, offloading both Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera. If this erratic team could show some consistency, and manage to remain in the AL wild-card race, they could still look to add a piece or two in August -- particularly if a player will still be under team control for 2015. -- Stephanie Liscio (@stephanieliscio), It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
20
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Last Week: 20
The White Sox's bullpen might have forever discredited K/9 as a meaningful statistic this past weekend. They allowed 22 earned runs and walked six in nine innings against a Twins lineup that's 11th in the AL in wRC+. They also allowed five home runs, but most of that was Andre Rienzo giving up back-to-back-to-back shots Sunday. You can hardly even count that. -- James Fegan (@TheCatbird_Seat), The Catbird Seat
21
Mets
53-58
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Last Week: 21
In his past five starts, Jacob deGrom is 5-0 with a 1.04 ERA, allowing 25 hits and six walks in 35 innings and striking out 37; he hasn't allowed a home run in his past 66 1/3 innings. -- Joe Janish (@metstoday), Mets Today
22
Padres
51-60
1
Last Week: 23
Guess who has the second-best ERA in the majors since June 1? The team mark is 2.97 and while the bullpen is at 2.57, the rotation owns a solid 3.13 mark in the past two months-plus, third in the majors. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
23
Red Sox
49-62
1
Last Week: 22
A busy week for the Red Sox ended with Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Joe Kelly and a top prospect from the Orioles coming to Boston. Not a bad haul for GM Ben Cherington, who signaled that the team would compete in 2015. However, the Sox have a way to go until then, so they'll see what their prospects can do, and scope out starting pitchers for the offseason. -- Brett Cowett (@firebrand), Fire Brand of the AL
24
Twins
50-60
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Last Week: 24
Danny Santana collected eight hits between Saturday and Sunday, and is now batting .325 in his rookie season. He has been a huge bright spot for the last-place Twins. -- Nick Nelson (@nnelson9), Twins Daily
25
1
Last Week: 26
A 4-3 week for the Diamondbacks was tempered with the probable loss of Paul Goldschmidt for the rest of the season due to a fractured hand. The team sold low on Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado at the trade deadline, with similar deals likely to follow in August. It's been a long season in Arizona to say the very least. -- Jeff Wiser (@outfieldgrass24), Inside the 'Zona
26
Cubs
47-63
1
Last Week: 27
Jake Arrieta continues to impress. He has a 1.73 ERA in 11 starts dating back to the beginning of June. -- ESPN.com
27
2
Last Week: 25
Ben Revere has 10 walks in 396 plate appearances, a walk rate of 2.5 percent that would be the second-lowest for a qualified batter in the past eight seasons (A.J. Pierzynski was 2.1 percent last year). -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
28
Rockies
44-67
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Last Week: 28
The Rockies stood pat at the trade deadline -- much to the dismay of fans and contenders looking to pick the carcass of the 2014 roster. After being tied for first in the NL West on May 7, the Rockies officially now have the worst record in the National League, and many are calling for big changes in the offseason. -- Adam Peterson (@PlayerTBNL), Rockies Zingers
29
Astros
47-65
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Last Week: 29
A 5-2 week hosting the A's and Blue Jays puts Houston at 26-33 in home games. They won 24 games at home in all of 2013. They're 11-11 in their past 22 games overall -- and are a full 10 games better than their pace through 112 contests last season. Scott Feldman fashioned the first complete game of 2014 by someone other than Dallas Keuchel on Sunday. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
30
Rangers
43-68
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Last Week: 30
After trading Joakim Soria to Detroit, Texas has handed the closing duties to former flamethrower Neftali Feliz. The problem? His once-great fastball now hovers between the high-80s to low-90s, with many of them being classified by pitch tracking as changeups. -- Brandon Land (@one_strike_away), One Strike Away

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