The Times' MLB power rankings

The Times' MLB power rankings
New York Yankees' Dellin Betances pitches against the Texas Rangers on July 27. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)

1. ST. LOUIS: This spot about to be retired in the Cardinals' honor. (1)

2. KANSAS CITY: Royal families? Nine months after World Series, there's a baby boom in town. (2)


3. PITTSBURGH: Hee-Seop Choi couldn't play, but Jung-Ho Kang sure can. Seoul and Pittsburgh rejoice. (3)

4. CHICAGO CUBS: Eisenhower was president last time Cubs won nine in a row this late in season. (9)

5. TORONTO: If you win, they will come. Average attendance this homestand: 44,840. (8)

6. N.Y. YANKEES: Best eighth-inning guy in baseball: Dellin Betances (61 IP, 26 H, 96 K, 1.19 ERA). (5)

7. DODGERS: Justin Turner just about even with Miguel Cabrera in slugging percentage. (4)

8. SAN FRANCISCO: Giants beat Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer on consecutive nights. (11)

9. BALTIMORE: Chris Davis: 9 home runs in 12 games, 34 this season — more than Mike Trout. (12)

10. TEXAS: Closer Shawn Tolleson, claimed on waivers from Dodgers, would look good setting up Kenley Jansen. (14)

11. N.Y. METS: Twitter conversations between Jerry Seinfeld and Yoenis Cespedes. Really. (6)

12. HOUSTON: Record by month: April 15-7, May 16-13, June 15-14, July 12-12, August 5-8. (7)

13. ANGELS: A contender shouldn't keep a Rule 5 pick batting .130 (Taylor Featherston) on roster all season. (10)

14. TAMPA BAY: James Loney batted cleanup Saturday, with eighth-highest slugging percentage in lineup. (15)

15. WASHINGTON: Biggest spring lock in baseball had same record as Rays (58-57) through Friday. (13)

16. ARIZONA: Patrick Corbin in his eight starts after Tommy John recovery: 3-3, 3.43 ERA, 42 IP, 43 K, 11 BB. (17)


17. SAN DIEGO: Matt Kemp gets first cycle in team history. Padres still haven't thrown a no-hitter. (18)

18. MINNESOTA: Twins went 20-7 in May. They have losing record in every other month. (16)

19. DETROIT: Good old days? Justin Verlander has 1.75 ERA in last seven starts. (19)

20. CLEVELAND: This is fourth straight season Indians sell fewer than 20,000 tickets per game. (23)

21. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Average attendance, 1960: 21,357. Average attendance, 2015: 23,307. (20)

22. ATLANTA: Breathlessly awaiting arrival of Hector Olivera. (24)

23. BOSTON: Red Sox score 37 runs in two games. Angels have scored 42 this month. (25)

24. SEATTLE: Not a misprint: Felix Hernandez gave up 10 runs Saturday — in 2 1/3 innings. (21)

26. MILWAUKEE: New GM has to contend (pun intended) with weak farm system, Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs. (27)

25. CINCINNATI: Stolen bases: Billy Hamilton 53, Angels 36, Dodgers 30. (22)

27. OAKLAND: Barry Zito's been a good soldier at triple A. Come on, call him up. (26)

28. COLORADO: Carlos Gonzalez: 13 HR in last 23 games, as many as he had in rest of season. (28)

29. PHILADELPHIA: Chase Utley hitting his way out of purgatory. (30)

30. MIAMI: About time for another "Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple" tweet from Giancarlo Stanton. (29)