Hold on to your sunflower seeds. It's finally September, the final month of the 2013 MLB regular season, which means active rosters have expanded to infuse extra drama into the playoff races. Following the first prospect promotions and veteran returns from injury, let's update the power rankings to reflect the current competitive environment.
We'll weigh recent performance more heavily than year-to-date numbers in order to best approximate where the 30 teams rank relative to one another. In other words, don't blindly follow overall win-loss records.
It's fascinating how much has changed across the baseball world in the past five months, and even compared to Joel Reuter's post-All-Star break rankings, these will seem hardly recognizable.
*Stats provided by FanGraphs unless otherwise noted, updated through the games of September 1.