MLB Power Rankings Wild-Card Race Intensifies as Season Nears End; Brewers Surge into Top Five

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MLB Power Rankings: Wild-Card Race Intensifies as Season Nears End; Brewers Surge into Top Five

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As we approach the final two weeks of the 2023 Major League Baseball season, the inconsistency among several wild-card hopefuls has been nothing short of baffling. In a season where unpredictability reigns supreme, it’s left us scratching our heads.

Let’s begin by examining the perplexing case of the Texas Rangers. They stormed into August leading the pack, rattling off eight consecutive victories. Their momentum continued as they won 12 of 14 games, raising hopes among their fans. But then, they hit a tailspin, losing eight in a row. Just when it seemed like they were bouncing back with three wins out of four, they suffered another nosedive, losing seven of their next eight, including a disheartening sweep by the Cleveland Guardians.

The Rangers, while perhaps the most frustrating, aren’t the only team displaying wild swings in performance.

The Chicago Cubs had a promising start but endured a brutal stretch from late April through June 8, plummeting to a 26-36 record. They then staged an incredible turnaround, going 50-28 from June 8 through Sept. 6. However, they’ve recently hit a snag, losing eight of their last 10.

The Arizona Diamondbacks held a three-game lead on July 1, only to nosedive with a dismal 7-25 record through Aug. 11. Then, they bounced back with 12 wins in their next 15 games, only to falter again by losing six of eight. The roller coaster ride continues.

The Miami Marlins showcased their inconsistency by going 19-8 in June, followed by a lackluster 9-15 record in July. They managed to reverse their fortunes by winning 12 of 17, including a sweep against the Braves. Keep in mind; this is the same team that suffered a five-game losing streak to the Cardinals and Rockies in July.

The Cincinnati Reds kicked off the season with a rocky 7-15 start, only to embark on an impressive run where they won 12 straight and 20 of 24 games starting June 10. After a six-game losing streak around the All-Star break, they rebounded with five consecutive wins. August saw them struggle once more, losing eight of their first nine games. Currently, they’ve won five of seven, but this follows a 6-10 stretch.

The Seattle Mariners sat at a mediocre 38-42 heading into July. Then, they turned the tables, going 38-15 in July and August combined, briefly becoming the best team in baseball. However, they’ve stumbled in September with a 5-11 record, transforming from hot to cold.

The Toronto Blue Jays started strong at 18-9 but maintained just above .500 through Sept. 2. They briefly surged with six wins out of seven before suffering a humbling defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers. However, they quickly rebounded by sweeping the Red Sox.

The San Francisco Giants had a rocky start, going 17-23 in the middle of May. They then had a remarkable stretch, winning 25 of their next 34 games. After a seven-game winning streak in July, they were 13 games over .500. However, they faced adversity again, losing six straight. From Aug. 5 through Sept. 6, they went 9-21, only to win five of their next six before enduring a three-game losing streak.

As a fan of roller coasters, delving into these teams’ performances felt like a whirlwind trip to Cedar Point, full of ups and downs, and truly exhilarating.

Will one of these teams manage to find consistency and catch fire at the right moment, leading to a deep playoff run? Given their track records, it may seem unlikely for most, but their ability to reach incredible highs leaves us in suspense. Keep an eye on these teams for captivating entertainment and the potential for either remarkable or disappointing baseball.

Reference:

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-power-rankings-wild-card-roller-coaster-continues-with-two-weeks-left-brewers-move-into-top-five/

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/powerrankings/

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