The A’s Top Sports Talk Florida’s first MLB Power Rankings

Are the Oakland A's the team to beat in MLB in 2014?
Are the Oakland A’s the team to beat in MLB in 2014?

Yes, I know most sports related websites start MLB Power Ranking before the season. While that might be fun for fantasy sports players, however, real baseball fans know that August 1st – through the last week of September are the only rankings that count.

I am based in Washington, D.C. and as crazy as it sounds a “Beltway World Series,” is not out of the question. Both the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles are two of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball coming out of the All Star Break. You could also make a strong case for a “Freeway Series,” between the Dodgers and the Angles, or maybe even a “Bay Area Series,” with the A’s and the Giants battling it out for the title.

If indeed the Orioles are going to make it to the playoffs they will have to deal with a Tampa Bay Rays team that still feels they deserve post season consideration.  The big local question is… Have the Rays dug themselves too deep into a hole they can’t get out of? Well, August 26th they begin a rare a rare four game series in Baltimore. After that the two teams face each other again at ” The Trop,” the weekend of September 5th through the 7th.

The key for the Rays is they must stay hot and remain in the race and hope that the Birds pitching begins to faultier. If that happens then those seven games could be very interesting.

One thing is for certain and that is with so many teams in both leagues still in the hunt for October baseball the last two months of the regular season are going to be great for baseball fans on both coasts and everywhere in between.

Here are this week’s rankings:

1. Oakland Athletics (65-39)

2. Los Angeles Angels (63-41)

3. Washington Nationals (57-45)

4. Baltimore Orioles (58-46)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (59-47)

6. Detroit Tigers (57-45,)

7. San Francisco Giants (57-48)

8. Milwaukee Brewers (59-47)

9. TampaBay Rays (51-54,)

10. St. Louis Cardinals (56-48)

11. New York Yankees (54-50)

12. Atlanta Braves (57-48)

13.  Pittsburgh Pirates (55-49)

14 Seattle Mariners (54-51)

15. Toronto Blue Jays (56-50,)

16. Kansas City Royals (53-51)

17. Miami Marlins (51-53)

18. Cincinnati Reds (52-52)

19. Chicago White Sox (51-55)

20. Boston Red Sox (48-57)

21. Cleveland Indians (52-53)

22. New York Mets (50-55)

23. San Diego Padres (46-58)

24. ColoradoRockies (43-61)

25. Minnesota Twins (47-57)

26. Philadelphia Phillies (46-59)

27. Arizona Diamondbacks (45-60)

28. Chicago Cubs (42-61)

29. Houston Astros (42-63)

30. Texas Rangers (41-64)