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MLB power rankings: St. Louis Cardinals keep soaring, Dodgers take No. 1

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The 2021 Major League Baseball season rolls on as we are one-third of the way through a 162-game schedule, with the MLB standings delivering quite a few surprises.

Let’s dive into our latest MLB power rankings for the 2021 season with the MLB playoff race heating up as the final week of the MLB schedule approaches.

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1. Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best team in MLB. Everyone is getting healthy and that’s all you could ask for with October closing in. The battle for the No. 1 spot in the National League will come down to the finish, but the Dodgers are atop our penultimate MLB power rankings for the regular season.

2. San Francisco Giants (1)

The San Francisco Giants became the first 100-win team this season. It’s an outcome no one saw coming, especially since there isn’t a player competing for NL MVP or the Cy Young Award. But this well-rounded team can do damage in October.

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3. Tampa Bay Rays (3)

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Wander Franco is back and that’s all that matters for the Tampa Bay Rays. Of course, that’s not to take away from the best team in the American League taking a series against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the Rays’ lineup healthy, expect them to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AL this week.

4. Houston Astros (5)

Before facing the Oakland Athletics, the Houston Astros last faced a playoff-caliber team on Sep. 8 and last battled a World Series contender on Aug. 4. With that said, Houston still boasts plenty of talent to challenge anyone in the American League. Projected to face the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS, it should be a fantastic battle. Highly skilled primary care when and where you need it.

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5. Milwaukee Brewers (4)

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The Milwaukee Brewers are NL Central champions, but they got a scare this past week. A four-game sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals, with Milwaukee outscored 25-10, showed what happens when the lineup goes cold. It won’t impact the Brewers’ placement in our latest MLB power rankings significantly, factoring in their talent, but entering the postseason with losses to the Cardinals and Dodgers would be rough.

6. New York Yankees (10)

So, the New York Yankees aren’t quite dead. After sweeping the Texas Rangers, something playoff contenders should do, the Yanks carried that momentum into Fenway Park and thrashed the Boston Red Sox. The only question is, can New York sustain this against the Rays and Toronto Blue Jays?

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8. St. Louis Cardinals (11)

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The St. Louis Cardinals are the hottest team in MLB. A 15-game winning streak is just absurd, especially in September. Keep in mind, the Cards split a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers shortly before this streak began. At this point, it would be stunning if the Cardinals aren’t in the NL Wild Card Game.

8. Boston Red Sox (8)

Entering the weekend, Boston was riding a seven-game winning streak and looking forward to a chance to end the New York Yankees’ season. Instead, the Red Sox injected life into New York and missed an unbelievable opportunity to put them away. We’ll have to see if the Red Sox live to forget it.

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9. Chicago White Sox (6)

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Admittedly, there is now some concern with the Chicago White Sox as the postseason draws closer. Dropping sets to the Los Angeles Angels (Sep. 14-16) and Detroit Tigers (this past week) isn’t a great look. But a loaded rotation and a lineup with All-Star talent scattered throughout the order still gives us some hope for the AL Central champions.

10. Seattle Mariners (14)

The Seattle Mariners aren’t making the MLB playoffs , but they deserve some love as the season draws to a close. Seattle swept the Oakland Athletics and drew closer to 20 games above the .500 mark. That deserves one final leap in our MLB power rankings.

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11. Philadelphia Phillies (13)

12. Toronto Blue Jays (7)

13. Oakland Athletics (10)

14. Atlanta Braves (12)

15. Cincinnati Reds (15)

16. Detroit Tigers (18)

17. San Diego Padres (17)

18. New York Mets (16)

19. Cleveland Indians (21)

20. Los Angeles Angels (19)

21. Colorado Rockies (20)

22. Minnesota Twins (23)

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23. Kansas City Royals (22)

24. Chicago Cubs (25)

25. Miami Marlins (24)

26. Washington Nationals (27)

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27. Pittsburgh Pirates (26)

28. Texas Rangers (28)

29. Arizona Diamondbacks (30)

30. Baltimore Orioles (29)

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