Dodgers hold tight to top spot

Updated: August 26, 2013, 12:16 PM ET
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The Los Angeles Dodgers, 29-7 since the All-Star break, stay in the No. 1 spot in Week 22 of our Power Rankings.

The Detroit Tigers, fresh off a 4-2 week, move up two spots to No. 2, while the Atlanta Braves, despite having the best winning percentage in the majors (.600), fall one spot to No. 3. The St. Louis Cardinals (No. 4) and Tampa Bay Rays (No. 5) round out the top five.

This week's voters were 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 fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. Which teams do you think should be among baseball's top five? Go ahead and rank them yourself.

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2013 Power Rankings: August 26
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Dodgers
76-54
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Last Week: 1
Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig have been getting most of the headlines, but Zack Greinke is now 9-1 with a 2.14 ERA over his past 12 starts. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
2
Tigers
77-53
2
Last Week: 4
Miguel Cabrera's hitting heroics have become so habitual that writing about them is beginning to feel like talking about the weather. He crushed his 42nd home run on Sunday (10 more than he had at this time last year, his Triple Crown season) as the Tigers swept the Mets, giving them a 99.3 percent chance of making the playoffs and the second-best record in baseball. -- Ryan Callery, Walkoff Woodward
3
Braves
78-52
1
Last Week: 2
Craig Kimbrel has allowed one run over his past 39.1 innings -- and even picked up a four-out save on Sunday! (Goose Gossage laughs.) He now has a 1.01 ERA over the past two seasons. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
4
3
Last Week: 7
Shelby Miller outdueled Julio Teheran on Saturday to help the Cardinals win three of four and exact some revenge on the Braves. St. Louis also regained a share of the lead in the NL Central. -- Matt Philip, Fungoes
5
Rays
74-54
4
Last Week: 9
With his team jockeying for position at the top of the AL East, Rays general manager Andrew Friedman is adding depth. Along with deadline acquisition Jesse Crain, Friedman added outfielders David DeJesus and Delmon Young last week, ensuring Tampa Bay goes into the stretch with the deepest roster in franchise history. -- Tommy Rancel, The Process Report
6
Red Sox
77-55
1
Last Week: 5
The Red Sox wrapped up a successful West Coast swing by winning series from the defending World Series champion Giants and the Dodgers (the hottest team in baseball) and finished the trip 4-2. Key to their success: starting pitching. Sox starters combined for a 1.12 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched. -- Hunter Golden, Fire Brand of the AL
7
Pirates
76-54
1
Last Week: 6
The Buccos are only 25-24 since the end of June, and 6-10 since reaching 26 games over .500 on Aug. 8. After this week's home matchups against the Brewers and Cardinals, the upcoming schedule is troublesome, with a nine-game road trip to Milwaukee, St. Louis and Texas. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
8
Rangers
75-55
5
Last Week: 3
Yu Darvish is 12-5, but in eight no-decisions he has a 2.93 ERA while averaging seven innings per start. In 12 starts allowing two runs or fewer, he's 7-2 with three no-decisions. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
9
Reds
74-57
1
Last Week: 8
Cincinnati continues to keep pace with the leaders in the NL Central. If the Reds are going to make a real run at the crown, they will stand on the broad shoulders of Mat Latos, who is 3-1 with a 0.89 ERA in August. -- Chad Dotson, Redleg Nation
10
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Last Week: 10
Jarrod Parker struggled mightily to start the year, but since May 11 (arbitrary starting point alert), he has a 2.58 ERA in 129 innings and 17 quality starts in 19 outings. -- Jason Wojciechowski, Beaneball
11
Indians
71-59
2
Last Week: 13
After sweeping the Angels and taking two of three from Minnesota last week, the Indians enter their most important stretch of the season. They take on Atlanta, Detroit and Baltimore over the next 10 days, as they sit just a game and a half back from the second wild-card spot. -- Stephanie Liscio, It's Pronounced Lajaway
12
Orioles
70-59
1
Last Week: 11
After suffering through a tough July in which he only hit like a league-average first baseman, Chris Davis has a slash line of .303/.415/.697 in August and is helping to keep the Orioles in the race for the second wild card. -- Jon Shepherd, Camden Depot
13
Yankees
69-61
2
Last Week: 15
Alfonso Soriano's steal of third on Sunday that set up the winning run was his seventh swipe of third this season without being caught. He's 7-for-14 trying to steal second. He has 30 RBIs in 29 games with the Yankees. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
14
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Last Week: 14
In Arizona's crazy 18-inning win over the Phillies on Saturday, the D-backs drew 18 walks, the most for one game in nine years (the 28 combined walks set an NL record for one game). Tony Campana and Cliff Pennington became the first teammates of the live-ball era to each draw five walks in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Info's Doug Kern. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
15
1
Last Week: 16
Jordan Zimmermann has pitched well (two runs or fewer allowed) in four of his five starts in August. -- ESPN.com
16
Royals
65-64
4
Last Week: 12
Kansas City has now had four streaks of at least six consecutive wins or losses. The Royals' 6-4 win on Sunday ended their latest six-plus-game loss schneid. Finishing over .500 is the only attainable goal left, but 16 of their last 33 are against teams over .500. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
17
Mets
58-70
1
Last Week: 18
The Mets have lost four straight, nine of their last 13 and are now 12 games under .500. On the bright side, since the All-Star break, Ike Davis has a .471 OBP and Marlon Byrd has 19 extra-base hits. -- Joe Janish, Mets Today
18
2
Last Week: 20
Felix Hernandez lost 2-0 to the Angels on Friday, his first loss this season when allowing two runs or one run, but he also has seven no-decisions, including five when allowing one run. He's 12-7 but, like Yu Darvish, could easily have 17 or 18 wins, making the Cy Young race a little more interesting. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
19
Rockies
61-71
3
Last Week: 22
In an otherwise moot season, Nolan Arenado has helped secure third base, which has been a defensive hole for the Rockies. Nobody expected him to be this good with the leather, though. He leads all NL third basemen in defensive runs saved by a very wide margin. -- Logan Burdine, Blake Street Bulletin
20
8
Last Week: 28
Three walk-off wins and an 18-inning odyssey capped off the most bizarre week of the season for the Phillies. -- Eric Longenhagen, Crashburn Alley
21
Padres
59-71
5
Last Week: 26
After failing to get out of the first inning on Friday, the Padres rewarded Edinson Volquez by designating him for assignment. He had a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts this season, which, not surprisingly considering Petco Park, made him the least valuable pitcher in the majors at -2.4 WAR. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
22
Angels
58-71
1
Last Week: 21
Despite reports that the Angels will replace either manager Mike Scioscia or GM Jerry Dipoto, the club pulled off its first sweep since June against Seattle over the weekend. -- Hudson Belinsky, Halos Daily
23
Twins
57-72
4
Last Week: 19
Joe Mauer's concussion concerns have cast his future behind the plate in doubt -- another troubling development in a season that's been full of them. -- Nick Nelson, Twins Daily
24
7
Last Week: 17
Injuries and lack of organizational depth make the Jays look and play like a Triple-A club, going 1-6 last week. On the bright side, individuals such as Brett Lawrie and Mark Buehrle appear to be heating up. -- Matthias Koster, Mop-Up Duty
25
Giants
58-72
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Last Week: 25
On June 14, the Giants were 35-31, just 1.5 games out of first place. On June 15, Joaquin Arias' error led to the Braves scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Sergio Romo. The Giants have gone 23-41 since. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
26
Brewers
57-73
3
Last Week: 23
Since returning from the DL in early August, Marco Estrada has compiled a 1.88 ERA in 24 innings pitched. He was expected to be a key cog in the Brewers' rotation this season, and the organization hopes his recent performance is a harbinger for things to come in 2014. -- J.P. Breen, Disciples of Uecker
27
2
Last Week: 29
Is this it for Paul Konerko? He'll be a free agent at the end of the season and has suffered through a miserable .236/.303/.345 season. Those are bad numbers for a middle infielder, let alone a first baseman/DH. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
28
Cubs
55-75
4
Last Week: 24
As embarrassing as this season has been for Cubs fans, there is always Miley Cyrus' performance at the VMAs to make you feel a little less embarrassed. -- Joe Aiello, The View From The Bleachers
29
Marlins
49-80
2
Last Week: 27
Miami tallied nine runs over the last five games of a 3-7 homestand. Jose Fernandez, meanwhile, continues to dominate. In his past 10 starts, he's allowed only 39 hits and 19 walks in 68 innings, posting a 1.46 ERA with 81 strikeouts. His ERA at home is a gaudy 1.29. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
30
Astros
43-86
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Last Week: 30
Despite having just a .350 slugging percentage, Jose Altuve has already established a career high with 42 RBIs. -- ESPN.com

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