2015 MLB Power Rankings: Nationals making one last run

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Aug 31, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) stands with his family, Cooper Arrieta (son) and Palmer Arrieta (daughter), Brittany Arrieta is his wife, during a ceremony before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. Arrieta pitched a no-hitter the night before in Los Angeles. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to imagine the St. Louis Cardinals blowing their lead in the NL Central. You would have to go all the way to the beginning of April to find a time when they weren’t in first this season.. 87-49. Previous: 1st. St. Louis Cardinals. 1. team. 33

Kansas City Royals. 2. team. 7. The Kansas City Royals have to be concerned about <strong><a href=. 82-54. Previous: 2nd

4. After taking two of three from the Cardinals over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 5.5 out of first place in the NL Central. But with seven games left against the Cubs, their 3.0 games lead of the first Wild Card may be in jeopardy.. 81-54. Previous: 3rd. Pittsburgh Pirates. 3. team

I think it’s safe to say <strong><a href=. 78-58. Previous: 5th. Toronto Blue Jays. 4. team. 39

. Chicago Cubs. 5. team. 9. In <strong><a href=. 78-57

team. 71. <strong><a href=. 78-58. Previous: 8th. Los Angeles Dodgers. 6

43. The New York Yankees remain just 1.5 games out of first in the AL East but the question remains whether they have pitching to compete in the postseason.. 76-59. Previous: 6th. New York Yankees. 7. team

75-61. Previous: 7th. New York Mets. 8. team. 3. This <strong><a href=

Houston Astros. 9. team. 135. After eight innings and 12 strikeouts against the Minnesota Twins, it looks as if <strong><a href=. 75-62. Previous: 9th

Since joining the Nationals, <strong><a href=. 71-65. Previous: 13th. Washington Nationals. 10. team. 90

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