MLB Power Rankings: Diamondbacks Remain at 18

By Thomas Lynch

Sep 19, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta (6) rounds third base to score a run against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The days are growing shorter as is the Major League Baseball season. Today we look at one of the final Power Rankings of the year and for the third consecutive week, the Arizona Diamondbacks hold down the #18 position. It was a mixed bag last week for the D-backs as they dropped two out of three games to the San Diego Padres who are unranked again and took two out of three contests from the San Francisco Giants who slid three spots to #14.

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This week, the D-backs are in Los Angeles to play the sixth-ranked Dodgers who moved up one spot. They then conclude their final road trip of 2015 with a visit to the aforementioned Padres. The National League West continues to place three teams while the American League East once again has all five clubs making the top 20. The National League Central has three squads in the top 5 but in a twist, the Chicago Cubs jumped the Pittsburgh Pirates, landing at #3.  The Pirates drop to #5 while the St. Louis Cardinals remain the kings of the mountain.

The National League East continues to be the only division with just two teams ranked as the New York Mets slip to #6 while the Washington Nationals creep up to #15. A fourth American League West group joins the rankings as the Seattle Mariners sail up to #20. The biggest disparity between a divisional ranking is the American League Central where the first place Kansas City Royals claim the number four spot while the second place Minnesota Twins show up at #13.