MLB Power Rankings Week 27: Can The Nationals Ride The Wave To A Title?

16. New York Mets (79-83) (LW 16) – The Mets finished with their best record since 2010 and finished tied for second in the N.L. East. It’s the first time they have finished higher than third in six seasons.

17. Atlanta Braves (79-83) (LW 19) –The Braves finished with 1,369 strikeouts this season, which was the fourth most in among all teams. Leading the way was B.J. Upton, who set a new franchise record with 173. His brother Justin was only two behind.

18. San Diego Padres (77-85) (LW 18) –The Padres enjoyed some very good stretches this season, thanks to their pitching. The staff’s 3.23 ERA was the majors’ third-lowest. They just didn’t have the offense to match. Jedd Gyorko led the team with a mere 51 RBI.

19. Tampa Bay Rays (77-85) (LW 17) – The offense was nowhere to be found in Tampa this season. The Rays finished the year with just 612 runs scored. That set a new franchise low, breaking the mark set by the inaugural Tampa team in 1998.

20. Miami Marlins (77-85) (LW 20) –The Marlins lost ace Jose Fernandez for the season in early May, seemingly ending any hope of success the team may have had. But they remained in Wild-Card contention into September. As a reward, manager Mike Redmond earned a contract extension through 2017.

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