Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 8/23/13
The biggest changing in the rankings come at the bottom...which is something that no one wants to see. RANK TEAM CHANGE SCHEDULE COMMENT 1 +2 vs BOS vs CHC The Red Sox and Cubs coming to Dodger Stadium is a dream for scalpers. 2 -1 @ STL vs CLE Go ahead and add Jason Heyward and Brandon Beachy to Atlanta's MASH unit. Not good, but at least their lead is enormous. 3 +1 @ CHW @ SEA Texas is gaining some much-desired separation from Oakland in the AL West standings. 4 -2 @ NYM vs OAK The Tigers keep rollin right along...though losing a series to the Twins is a little embarassing. 5 --0 vs AZ @ SD The Pirates would have no issues winning two out of three the rest of the way. 6 -- 0 @ LAD vs BAL Humiliating the Giants in two out of three games is a nice change of pace from losing three straight series. 7 +2 vs MIL @ STL Oh, this team is getting hot at the right time... 8 -1 vs ATL vs CIN St Louis is in the midst of their biggest 17 game stretch of the season, which will determine just where their playoff run is going to start. 9 -1 vs NYY @ KC vd LAA The Rays are streaky, but they've had more good than bad and could still claim the AL's top seed. 10 +3 vs MIL @ ATL An excellent road trip for the Indians has put them in prime positioning for September. 11 -- 0 @ PHI vs SD Arizona could have built on a series win in Pittsburgh, but failed miserably. 12 -2 @ BAL @ DET This is a vicious 13 game stretch for the A's right now. If they can't keep their heads above water, their season might be over at the end of September. 13 -1 vs WAS vs TB @ MIN And the wheels are starting to fall off again. 14 -- 0 vs OAK @ BOS .500 baseball isn't going to cut it anymore with the way the rest of the AL's contenders are playing. 15 +2 vs TOR @ CHW So close to a winning nine game road trip. SO CLOSE. 16 +2 @ CIN @ PIT Watching Juan Francisco sure is fun. Whiffs and dingers and errors galore! 17 +5 @ TB @ TOR Ryan Dempster woke up the Yankees. 18 -3 vs DET vs PHI Daisuke Freaking Matsuzaka? Seriously? 19 -3 vs COL @ WAS Watch the Marlins when Jose Fernandez is pitching or Giancarlo Stanton is hitting, and no other time. For now. 20 +1 @ KC vs MIA They keep getting within sight of .500, and it all falls apart. 21 +8 vs AZ @ NYM Is it the Ryne Sandberg effect, or the fact that the Rockies stink? 22 +1 @ SD @ LAD The worst thing the Cubs have lost this season is Kim DeJesus. 23 +1 @ HOU vs NYY And the season continues to swirl down the drain for the Blue Jays... 24 -5 @ SEA @ TB Disaster. That's all I can really say. 25 -5 vs CHC @ AZ Since winning that series with the Yankees, the Padres are 5-10.  26 +2 vs LAA vs TEX The Mariners are *comfortably* in third in the AL West. That's shocking. 27 +2 @ CLE vs KC Lose three out of four to the White Sox at home, and take two out of three in Detroit. Huh? 28 +2 vs TEX vs HOU The White Sox are getting a little feisty lately! 29 -4 @ MIA vs SF This team is horrendous. 30 -4 vs PIT @ COL The worst post-World Champions season not involving a fire sale? [follow]

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