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

21. Cincinnati Reds (76-86) (LW 22) – Johnny Cueto capped his stellar season by picking up his 20th win on Sunday and, in the process, ending the Pirates’ hopes of a division title. Cueto became the first Reds right-handing to reach the 20-win mark since 1965.

22. Chicago Cubs (73-89) (LW 24) – Hector Rondon was a Rule 5 pick last year, and all he did this season was solidify himself as the Cubs’ closer. In 64 games, he posted a 2.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and .218 BAA while averaging a strikeout an inning. He also became the fourth Cubs pitcher to have 26 saves in a season by the age of 26.

23. Chicago White Sox (73-89) (LW 21) – Sunday’s season finale provided for a changing of the guard in Chicago. Long-time first baseman Paul Konerko ended his career, as likely Rookie of the Year, and future first baseman, Jose Abreu was in the dugout to say goodbye.

24. Philadelphia Phillies (73-89) (LW 23)The nightmare is over in Philadelphia, at least for now. The Phillies finished in last place for the first time since 2000, all while boasting a team-record payroll.

25. Boston Red Sox (71-91) (LW 26) – Among the benefits of not being in a pennant race was the Red Sox getting a glimpse at their future, and they may have found their leadoff hitter of the future in Mookie Betts. The rookie hit .291/.368/.444 with 18 extra-base hits, seven stolen bases, and 34 runs in 52 games.

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