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Ultimate MLB Power Rankings: Week 23

The Milwaukee Brewers are giving the Cubs a run for their money for the NL’s top team.

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Winner of three in a row and eight of their last 10 as of Monday evening, the Milwaukee Brewers are leading the National League wild card race and are just a few games back of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central.

The Brewers and those same Cubs began a three-game series, their last of the season, on Monday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The series is vitally important for both clubs and could go a long in determining which one of them ultimately winds up taking first when all is said and done.

In terms of overall record, the Cubs and Brewers are also the top teams in the NL and the ones that, at this point, seem the best poised for a deep playoff run.

Currently trailing the Cubs in RealClearLife‘s Ultimate Power Rankings, which combine ratings from ESPNCBS and USA Today to get a single rank for all 30 teams in MLB and use segmented tiers to arrange them, the Brewers could be ahead of the Cubs by this time next week as they’ve been ascending rapidly.

Of course, the Brew Crew’s gain is another club’s loss and there are a number of teams who are sinking like stones at the worst possible time.

To see who ended up where with just three weeks left in the regular season, read on.

The Best of the Best (1.00-5.00)

No. 1.00, last 1.00, two weeks ago 1.00: Boston Red Sox – (ESPN, 1), (CBS Sports, 1), (USA Today, 1)

No. 2.00, last 2.00, two weeks ago 2.33: Houston Astros – (ESPN, 2), (CBS Sports, 2), (USA Today, 2)

No. 3.33, last 2.66, two weeks ago 2.66New York Yankees – (ESPN, 3), (CBS Sports, 4), (USA Today, 3)

No. 4.00, last 5.33, two weeks ago 4.00: Oakland Athletics – (ESPN, 5), (CBS Sports, 3), (USA Today, 4)

No. 4.66, last 4.00, two weeks ago 5.33: Chicago Cubs – (ESPN, 4), (CBS Sports, 5), (USA Today, 5)

The Best of the Rest (5.01-10.00)

No. 6.66, last 6.66, two weeks ago 6.00: Cleveland Indians – (ESPN, 6), (CBS Sports, 8), (USA Today, 6)

No. 7.00, last 9.33, two weeks ago 11.33: Milwaukee Brewers – (ESPN, 8), (CBS Sports, 6), (USA Today, 7)

No. 7.33, last 7.33,  two weeks ago 11.33: Los Angeles Dodgers – (ESPN, 7), (CBS Sports, 7), (USA Today, 8)

No. 9.00, last 9.66, two weeks ago 8.00: Atlanta Braves – (ESPN, 9), (CBS Sports, 9), (USA Today, 9, tie)

So You’re Saying There’s a Chance (10.01-15.00)

No. 10.66, last 13.00, two weeks ago 11.00: Colorado Rockies – (ESPN, 12), (CBS Sports, 11), (USA Today, 9, tie)

No. 11.00, last 7.66, two weeks ago 7.66: St. Louis Cardinals – (ESPN, 10), (CBS Sports, 11), (USA Today, 12)

No. 11.66, last 10.00, two weeks ago 8.66: Arizona Diamondbacks – (ESPN, 11), (CBS Sports, 11), (USA Today, 13)

No. 11.66, last 13.00,  two weeks ago 14.33: Tampa Bay Rays – (ESPN, 13), (CBS Sports, 10), (USA Today, 12)

No. 14.33, last 14.33, two weeks ago 12.66: Seattle Mariners – (ESPN, 15), (CBS Sports, 14), (USA Today, 14)

No. 14.66, last 13.66, two weeks ago 13.66: Philadelphia Phillies – (ESPN, 14), (CBS Sports, 15), (USA Today, 15)

Stuck in the Middle with You (15.01-20.00)

No. 16.33, last 16.33, two weeks ago 16.33: Washington Nationals – (ESPN, 16), (CBS Sports, 17), (USA Today, 16)

No. 16.66, last 18.00, two weeks ago 17.33: Pittsburgh Pirates – (ESPN, 17), (CBS Sports, 16), (USA Today, 17)

No. 18.00, last 18.33, two weeks ago 18.33: Los Angeles Angels – (ESPN, 18), (CBS Sports, 18), (USA Today, 18)

No. 19.33, last 17.33, two weeks ago 18.33: San Francisco Giants – (ESPN, 19), (CBS Sports, 19), (USA Today, 20, tie)

It’s Probably Not Your Year  (20.01-25.00)

No. 20.33, last 21.00, two weeks ago 21.00: New York Mets – (ESPN, 21), (CBS Sports, 20), (USA Today, 20, tie)

No. 21.00, last 20.66, two weeks ago 20.33: Minnesota Twins – (ESPN, 20), (CBS Sports, 21), (USA Today, 22)

No. 21.33, last 22.33, two weeks ago 21.33: Toronto Blue Jays – (ESPN, 23), (CBS Sports, 22), (USA Today, 19)

No. 23.00, last 22.33, two weeks ago 23.00: Texas Rangers – (ESPN, 22), (CBS Sports, 23), (USA Today, 24)

No. 23.66, last 23.66, two weeks ago 24.00: Cincinnati Reds – (ESPN, 24), (CBS Sports, 24), (USA Today, 23)

No. 25.00, last 26.33, two weeks ago 25.66: Detroit Tigers – (ESPN, 25), (CBS Sports, 25), (USA Today, 25)

See You in 2019  (25.01-30.00)

No. 26.00, last 26.66, two weeks ago 27.66: San Diego Padres – (ESPN, 26), (CBS Sports, 26), (USA Today, 26)

No. 27.33, last 25.66, two weeks ago 26.33: Chicago White Sox – (ESPN, 27), (CBS Sports, 28), (USA Today, 27)

No. 27.66, last 27.33, two weeks ago 26.33: Miami Marlins – (ESPN, 28), (CBS Sports, 27), (USA Today, 28)

No. 29.00, last 29.00, two weeks ago 29.33: Kansas City Royals – (ESPN, 29), (CBS Sports, 29), (USA Today, 29)

No. 30.00, last 30.00, two weeks ago 29.66: Baltimore Orioles – (ESPN, 30), (CBS Sports, 30), (USA Today, 30)