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MLB Power Rankings: Diamondbacks Hold Steady at 16

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Aug 17, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale (3) hits during infield practice before the Diamondbacks play the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks began this week in almost uncharted territory. For the first time since the week beginning April 20th, the D-backs started out over .500. Last night’s 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals brought them back to the break-even mark and dropped them 5 1/2 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers. One area the Snakes held steady in was the MLB Power Rankings in which they retained the #16 slot.

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The National League West placed three other teams in the top 20. The Dodgers, because of their five game losing streak dipped sharply going from fourth to ninth. The San Francisco Giants, having been swept over the weekend by the Pittsburgh Pirates, slipped one spot from ninth to tenth. The San Diego Padres, like the D-backs retained their ranking from last week at #19. The American League East and the American League Central each placed four clubs while once again, the National League East was the only division that placed only two teams, the New York Mets at eight and the Washington Nationals at 13. The National League Central had three of the top five squads with the Cardinals at one, the Pirates at three and the Chicago Cubs at five.

Much like the previous week, the Snakes face two opponents who are at opposite ends of the spectrum. They are in the middle of a four game set against the top-ranked Redbirds followed by a three game series vs. the unranked Oakland A’s. MLB ranks 20 teams based on a combination of their Experts’ rankings (75%) and Fans’ rankings (25%).

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