By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSportscom — Four MLB teams punched their ticket to the 2023 postseason over the past week, and fittingly, those four teams sit atop the MLB.com Power Rankings.
Those four teams include:
1. Atlanta Braves
2. Baltimore Orioles
3. Tampa Bay Rays
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
Biggest jump: It’s been an up-and-down second half for the Rangers – and that certainly continued last week. After securing a massive four-game sweep over the fellow AL Wild Card contender Blue Jays in Toronto, the Rangers went on to get outscored 23-6 in a three-game sweep by the Guardians over the weekend. Still, Texas jumped three spots to No. 7 after going 6-3 over its past nine games and entering this week clinging to the final AL Wild Card spot.
Biggest drop: Sitting one game back of the Rangers for that final AL Wild Card spot are the Mariners, who dropped four places to No. 10. Seattle is just 2-7 over its past nine games, including being swept at home by the Dodgers over the weekend. The Mariners, however, have plenty of control over their postseason chances, with seven of their final 13 games coming against the rival Rangers.