Photo courtesy Jeff Roberson/AP

Photo courtesy Jeff Roberson/AP

Happy Labor Day, baseball fans! The start of September is a holiday for us especially because the game changes. Rosters go from 25 men to 40 and games go from approximately 3 hours to seemingly longer than days as managers bring in pitcher after pitcher to play the matchups.

Whatever, there’s nothing like fall ball.

And while you’re kicking back on a long weekend, baseball’s clubs are grinding down the third baseline base path towards the end of the season. Last ranking I said you can’t count out any team less than 15 games out of the playoffs. That’s no longer true. But still, half the league (exactly 16 by my count, actually) is vying for 10 playoff spots.

If your team isn’t among those 16, though, you need not worry. There’s still going to be a complete Power Rankings today with all analysis (read: snarky quips) for all 30 teams. Why? Because on this Labor Day, I labor for you!

Let’s begin.

MLB POWER RANKINGS – SEPTEMBER 2ND

1. Atlanta Braves | 83-53 (49-19 Home, 34-34 Road) [Change From Last Ranking: + 1]
At the start of September, their magic number is less than 15. That’s absurd.

2. Boston Red Sox | 82-56 (45-24 Home, 37-32 Road) [- 1]
Being 5.5 games on top of the A.L. East is like being 55 games on top anywhere else.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers | 81-55 (43-28 Home, 38-27 Road) [+ 3]
As if they needed any more of an advantage, they’ve filled their last major need with Michael Young.

4. Detroit Tigers | 80-57 (44-27 Home, 36-30 Road) [± 0]
Even with two other winning ball clubs in the division, they’ve got the Central pretty much clinched.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates | 79-57 (45-25 Home, 34-32 Road) [- 2]
The division is starting to beat itself up a little bit, but the Bucs are still on top. That is, at least for now.

6. St. Louis Cardinals | 79-57 (41-25 Home, 38-32 Road) [- 1]
They’ve caught the Pirates, yes, but their problems have been getting ahead and staying ahead.

7. Texas Rangers | 79-57 (39-29 Home, 40-28 Road) [± 0]
They’re still ahead of Oakland, but of course, that won’t matter until the end of the last day.

8. Oakland Athletics | 78-58 (42-25 Home, 36-33 Road) [+ 1]
I’m going to go ahead and say they’re playoff status is safe. So, in reality, I probably just jinxed them.

9. Tampa Bay Rays | 75-60 (44-26 Home,  31-34 Road) [- 1]
There are 4 teams with in 6 games of their wild card slot thanks, in part, to being 3-7 in their last 10.

10. Cincinnati Reds | 76-61 (41-23 Home, 35-38 Road) [± 0]
They’re play away from Cincy is pretty much guaranteeing them no pennant this year.

11. Baltimore Orioles | 72-63 (38-29 Home, 34-34 Road) [± 0]
If they had any starting pitching, they would be on top of the AL East right now.

12. Cleveland Indians | 72-64 (40-26 Home, 32-38 Road) [+ 2]
Same record as the mighty Yanks at the moment. But, for my money, I’ll take these underdogs.

13. New York Yankees | 72-64 (40-28 Home, 32-36 Road) [- 1]
The reacquisition of Soriano hasn’t paid off like they’d hoped. Now they may just be stuck.

14. Arizona Diamondbacks | 69-66 (39-29 Home, 30-37 Road) [- 1]
They and the Nationals are playing catch-up. The difference is Arizona has the offense to do it.

15. Washington Nationals | 69-77 (40-31 Home, 29-36 Road) [+ 1]
I thought for sure they were a lock to move up even farther, then the Mets series happened.

16. Kansas City Royals | 70-66 (35-33 Home, 35-33 Road) [- 1]
That series hosting Washington is pretty much why they slide behind them here.

17. Los Angeles Angels | 63-72 (31-37 Home, 32-35 Road) [+ 3]
Same song, different year. The Angels are deciding to play baseball about 4 months too late.

18. Colorado Rockies | 65-73 (40-29 Home, 25-44 Road) [± 0]
You want to see a team really play ‘spoiler’ this month? Watch these Rockies at home.

19. Toronto Blue Jays | 62-75 (35-34 Home, 27-41 Road) [- 2]
They took on much of Miami’s premium 2012 talent and they’ve disappointed just the same.

20. New York Mets | 62-73 (28-38 Home, 34-35 Road) [+ 2]
They’re winning more games with fewer names, which is good news in the wake of Harvey’s arm.

21. San Francisco Giants | 61-75 (34-35 Home, 27-40 Road) [± 0]
Even with them playing a little better of late, their title defense will still end on September 29.

22. Philadelphia Phillies | 62-75 (35-31 Home, 27-44 Road) [+ 3]
Trading Michael Young makes them sellers about five months after they should have been.

23. Seattle Mariners | 62-74 (31-38 Home, 31-36 Road) [- 4]
They slide back down closer to where they belong from a talent perspective here.

24. Milwaukee Brewers | 59-77 (30-38 Home, 29-39 Road) [- 1]
Losing Ryan Braun has had virtually no effect on the team’s play. Perhaps there’s a lesson there.

25. San Diego Chargers | 60-76 (36-32 Home, 24-44 Road) [- 1]
They’re still playing better at home than their talent would dictate.

26. Chicago Cubs | 58-78 (27-42 Home, 31-36 Road) [+ 1]
Taking two of three from the Phils was a nice surprise given how they’ve played at home in 2013.

27. Minnesota Twins | 59-76 (28-36 Home, 31-40 Road) [- 1]
The sooner Byron Buxton gets to the majors, the sooner this team will be worth talking about.

28. Chicago White Sox | 56-79 (32-34 Home, 24-45 Road) [± 0]
Their role as the league’s third-worst team this year is pretty much cemented.

29. Miami Marlins | 50-85 (29-39 Home, 21-46 Road) [± 0]
As talented as Jose Fernandez is, it’s a small miracle Jeffrey Loria hasn’t traded him yet.

30. Houston Astros | 45-91 (22-47 Home, 23-44 Road) [± 0]
They’ll probably get to 50 wins, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t.

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