September 14th Power Rankings: Atlanta Braves stay steady
20. Cincinnati Reds
It’s simple for the Reds. Win, win, and win some more. The first key to that though would be a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. If they do that, they still have lots of life left.
19. Seattle Mariners
Whether they complete the big comeback and make the playoffs is irrelevant to the progress of this young team who is playing great ball. These kids will look back on this in a couple years and be better prepared.
18. Milwaukee Brewers
Get the big boys going and who knows what can happen. The Brewers offense has been terrible this year and it’s obvious when you realize the Brewers have yet to be above .500 at all this year. A third straight trip to October is dimming.
17. New York Mets
Get the pitching staff behind Jacob deGrom figured out if they want to have any shot. On the other hand, it appears the Atlanta Braves are catching a big break as it looks like we will miss deGrom in our series next weekend.
16. San Francisco Giants
Hold off the Rockies. With the NL Central struggling badly, it’s starting to look like third in the NL West will get the last playoff spot. If the Giants hold them off, they very well might surprise and be playing in the postseason.
15. Houston Astros
Get it figured out and get healthy. We have not heard word about Justin Verlander, so one has to presume he is not coming back. For the Astros sake, they need Jose Altuve to get back and be productive. The Astros are now below .500.
14. St. Louis Cardinals
Play .500 ball to stay afloat. Obviously the goal is to play better than that, but if the Cardinals achieve that level of play. They will almost assuredly be playing in the postseason again as it looks likely .500 will get you there.
13. Philadelphia Phillies
Get the bullpen better. It’s really been the only weakness for the Phillies all year long and despite trades at the deadline, it’s only marginally gotten better. If they want success this fall, the bullpen is crucial.
12. Miami Marlins
Stay aggressive and act like you have been here before. The Marlins are not going anywhere and are one of the feel good stories this year. If they play halfway decent, they are in the tournament. Lastly, Sixto Sanchez looks like a sure fire ace.
11. Cleveland Indians
Rough week for the tribe as they fell a way behind their AL Central counterparts. The solution is simple though as it all runs through the offense for Cleveland. We all know the pitching will be just fine for them.