MLB power rankings: Who's going to lose 100 games? Several teams hope to avoid ugly milestone

Last week we looked at Major League Baseball's 100-win candidates, with the Houston Astros since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in the triple digits.

At the bottom of the league, as many as five teams could end the season with at least 100 losses. Entering Monday with 99 losses, the Washington Nationals should be the first club to get there, with the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-97) and Oakland Athletics (56-97) not far behind.

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There's still a chance for the Cincinnati Reds (60-93) and Detroit Tigers (60-92) to finish with 100 losses, but the Reds would only have to finish 3-6 and the Tigers 3-7 to avoid hitting the "milestone."

Four teams finished with 100 losses last season – the Pirates (101), Arizona Diamondbacks (110), Baltimore Orioles (110) and Texas Rangers (102).

Here's how USA TODAY Sports' eight- person panel voted this week:

Patrick Corbin has a 6.08 ERA in 30 starts for Washington this season.
Patrick Corbin has a 6.08 ERA in 30 starts for Washington this season.

Rank (movement from last week)

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (–)

  • Dustin May hits the IL with back tightness, but could be back in the playoffs.

2. Houston Astros (–)

  • Astros reach 100 wins for the fourth time in five full seasons.

3. New York Mets (+1)

  • Jacob deGrom has given up 11 earned runs in his last three starts – a 6.60 ERA.

4. New York Yankees (+1)

  • After up-and-down summer, Yankees are hot at the right time, winning 14 of 18 from Sept. 3-24.

5. Atlanta Braves (-2)

  • Spencer Strider will miss the rest of the regular season with an oblique injury

6. St. Louis Cardinals (–)

7. Toronto Blue Jays (–)

  • Entering Monday with a 1.5-game advantage for home-field advantage in the Wild Card Series.

8. Cleveland Guardians (+4)

  • Clinched AL Central with a seven-game win streak – as second-place White Sox lost six straight.

9. Tampa Bay Rays (-1)

  • Tyler Glasnow will return to Rays' rotation this week after August 2021 Tommy John surgery.

10. San Diego Padres (+1)

  • Juan Soto is 11-for-26 (.423) with two homers and five RBI in his last seven games.

11. Philadelphia Phillies (-1)

  • Kyle Schwarber's 42 home runs are a career-high.

12. Seattle Mariners (-3)

  • Acquired at the trade deadline, Luis Castillo gets a five-year, $108 million extension.

13. Milwaukee Brewers (–)

  • Four wins in a row, entering Monday 1½ games back of the NL's third wild-card spot.

14. Baltimore Orioles (+1)

  • Mathematically alive! A playoff spot is unlikely, but final weeks should be fun.

15. Chicago White Sox (-1)

16. Minnesota Twins (–)

  • Batting .366 in September, Carlos Correa is (again) preparing to secure the bag should he opt out.

17. San Francisco Giants (+1)

  • What the Giants do with Evan Longoria's contract option is something to keep an eye on.

18. Boston Red Sox (-1)

  • Shoutout Alex Verdugo, hitting .314 in 223 at-bats since the All-Star break.

19. Arizona Diamondbacks (–)

20. Los Angeles Angels (–)

  • Another listless Angels season finally nearing its conclusion.

21. Chicago Cubs (+2)

  • This may actually be Willson Contreras' final homestand at Wrigley Field.

22. Colorado Rockies (-1)

  • Kris Bryant played 42 games in the first season of his $182 million contract.

23. Texas Rangers (-1)

  • Josh Jung had six extra-base hits in his first 15 big-league games.

24. Miami Marlins (–)

  • Manager Don Mattingly announces he won't be back in 2023.

25. Cincinnati Reds (–)

26. Kansas City Royals (–)

27. Detroit Tigers (–)

  • Weekend sweep in Chicago eliminated White Sox from the AL Central race.

28. Oakland Athletics (+1)

  • Oakland scored five runs against Jacob deGrom on Saturday.

29. Pittsburgh Pirates (-1)

  • Pittsburgh claimed 2018 Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar off waivers from the Yankees.

30. Washington Nationals (–)

  • With 99 defeats through Sunday, this will be the Nationals' first 100-loss season since 2009.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB power rankings: 100 losses for baseball's worst teams?