MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers remain the top team in the MLB

Of Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB analyst

The heat of August is upon us and the playoff picture begins to take shape.

Some divisions are already practically locked, but there are many competitions fought throughout the championship.

We enter the MLB Top 10 this week.

The Dodgers and Astros lead Ben’s MLB Power Ranking

The Dodgers and Astros lead Ben's MLB Power Ranking

Ben Verlander breaks down this week’s MLB Power rankings, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and New York Mets remaining at the top of the list.

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10. Toronto Blue Jays

As a team, the Blue Jays are hitting .271 against the opposing team’s starters, who are tied for the best score in the majors. However, they haven’t fired all cylinders offensively, and if they’re not outpacing everyone, they probably won’t win many games with their spin.

Toronto was in dire need of a new starting pitcher when the trade expired and the organization didn’t. So here they are, in mid-August, struggling to stay in one place in the playoffs.

9. San Diego Padres

It looked like the Padres were about to take off and push into the playoffs after acquiring Juan Soto, but things didn’t go exactly as planned.

The team made big moves on the deadline, adding Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury, but San Diego is playing under .500 by the deadline. And the biggest blow of all came when it was announced that shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has been suspended for 80 games for a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.

The Padres should still be good enough to make it to the playoffs, but they need to play better than they are right now.

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What Fernando Tatis Jr.'s PED suspension means for San Diego

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8. Philadelphia Phillies

Since making a managerial change, the Phillies are 41-22 (.651). They have also been fantastic since they acquired David Robertson and put him in the closest role, which had been a great need for them.

Since the All-Star hiatus, the Phillies are also tied for the best save rate in baseball, at 87.5%.

7. Cardinals of San Luigi

The cardinals turned to what they needed at the trade deadline and it worked well for them. They have won seven of their last 10 games, including a massive streak over the weekend against their NL Central counterparts, the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cardinals improved upon maturity and the Brewers did not. Right now, that’s the difference in division.

6. Seattle sailors

The Mariners are top 27-14 (.659) in the MLB this season. Their bullpen has been shut down and their rotation, led by Luis Castillo, will be a problem for opposing teams along the stretch.

I am a huge supporter of this Mariners team. I think they can pair well with anyone who arrives at playoff time, thanks to the three guys at the top of the rotation: Robbie Ray, Logan Gilbert and Castillo.

5. New York Yankees

The Yankees keep fighting and have been downright bad since the All-Star Game. They are certainly better than how they played, but a regression to average was to be expected from this Yankees rotation.

This team will do well, but the Yankees have to play better than the stretch they are in right now, winning only two of their last 11 games. However, the Bronx Bombers will easily win AL East.

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4. Atlanta Braves

The Braves are in place, having won six in a row ahead of this week. They kick off a great streak against the Mets on Monday, and if they can’t figure out how to beat their division rivals, they may find NL East out of reach.

However, the newcomers to the Braves have been a huge blessing to them this season and are a big reason why this team is headed for the playoffs, both by winning the division and clinching their first NL wild card.

3. New York Mets

The Mets are finally close to 100 percent and the addition of Jacob deGrom was the bright spot they were hoping for. The rotation has been masterful since his return and the combination of Max Scherzer and deGrom has been unbeatable.

The Mets have everything in place for a World Series team, and it’s just a question of how they fare in October.

Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Edwin Diaz are the contenders of the Mets World Series

Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Edwin Diaz are the contenders of the Mets World Series

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2. Houston Astros

American League best record holders, the Houston Astros are moving forward. Lance McCullers Jr. returned for the first time this season and was masterful on his debut, scoring five and not allowing a run out of six innings.

The Astros don’t have a weakness: their rotation is fantastic, their bullpen had the best ERA in baseball for most of the season, their defending ranks are in the top three, and their offense is in the top 10 in most categories. This team is a force to be reckoned with.

The Houston Astros continue to dominate the AL as the Yankees struggle

The Houston Astros continue to dominate the AL as the Yankees struggle

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1. Los Angeles dodgers

The Dodgers just finished a 12-game winning streak on Sunday. With each winning more points, it was one of the most impressive winning streaks I have ever seen.

The Dodgers were dominant in every sense of the word. That said, they took a hit on Monday when it was announced that their ace, Walker Buehler, would be undergoing late-season elbow surgery. But make no mistake – the Dodgers are the best team in the league right now.

Here’s another great week of Major League Baseball!

Ben Verlander is an MLB analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the “Throwing bats“podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit as the 14th round of the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years in the Tigers organization. Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.

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