Phil Rogers' MLB power rankings

20. Royals (24): Rallying behind Jeremy Guthrie and Luis Mendoza to take some heat off manager Ned Yost.

21. Brewers (20): Ryan Braun is on pace for 45 home runs and has his OPS at .976, only .018 off his total when he won the 2011 MVP Award.

22. Blue Jays (22): Haven't won a series in August.

23. Mets (21): Tough month for David Wright, who last homered July 27.

24. Indians (23): You have to admire the candor of manager Manny Acta. He says the Tribe is three hitters shy of having a good team. Is that all?

25. Marlins (27): Will Carlos Zambrano want to continue his career as a reliever? He might find a better free-agent market as a setup man than a starter.

26. Padres (25): Last time a Padres pitcher struck out more than five? Jason Marquis' eight-strikeout game July 25.

27. Rockies (28): Rookie catcher Wilin Rosario keeps hitting.

28. Twins (26): Scott Diamond is the only member of the current rotation with more than five wins.

29. Cubs (29): Starlin Castro is a good piece to build around. But without a no-trade clause in his contract, a $60 million deal won't keep him out of trade rumors, especially not when Javier Baez starts knocking on the door.

30. Astros (30): Don't be shocked if Craig Biggio winds up as the long-term manager for owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow.

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