MLB Power Rankings - 5/3
MLB Weekly Power Ranking
With us being a full month into the season, we now have enough statistics to get an accurate representation of how the next 5 months will pan out. Here is the first edition of my weekly power rankings. Check back in every Monday morning for the weekly rankings.
Team, OVR (L10)
1. Milwaukee Brewers, 17-11 (6-4)
The Brewers have been red hot since Kolten Wong returned to the lineup, and have a 6-1 record against the Dodgers and Padres. They have one of baseball's hottest pitchers in Corbin Burnes, and Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta are not too far behind in production. Keep in mind, this is all without their star Christian Yelich, who has only played in 9 games.
2. San Francisco Giants, 17-11 (6-4)
The Giants traded for Mike Tauchman who came over from the Bronx, and have had continued success from their pitching staff. Their entire starting rotation (except for Logan Webb, 4.13 ERA) has a sub 2.25 ERA, with a reliable rotation to boot. I'm not sure if this success is sustainable, but for now, they remain one of the hottest teams in baseball.
3. Oakland Athletics, 17-12 (5-5)
After their 13 game winning streak, the A’s have come back down to reality. Matt Olson has been injured and Matt Chapman is still hitting below the Mendoza Line. Jesus Luzardo broke the pinky finger in his throwing hand by slamming it on a table (while playing video games), so I expect the A’s to slow down a bit in the coming weeks.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers, 17-12 (3-7)
They are still the best team in the league, but dropping 7 of their last 10, and losing 3 of their past 4 series, it appears as if the league has caught up a bit. I still expect the Dodgers to win the NL, but they come in at 4 in this week's power rankings.
5. St. Louis Cardinals, 16-12 (8-2)
With the best record in the MLB in the past 10, the Cardinals finally look like they were expected to before the season. Jack Flaherty is 5-0 on the year already, and their hitting is starting to pick up. They are getting more production from Matt Carpenter and other fill-in players (Harrison Bader hit a 3 run HR in his first game of the season) which has helped the team tremendously.
6. San Diego Padres, 16-13 (6-4)
Having one of the best young players in the game in Fernando Tatis Jr will obviously make any team better, but revamping your whole pitching rotation and getting solid production out of it is what the Padres want to see. Blake Snell has yet to return to his MVP self, while Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove remain lights out.
7. Boston Red Sox, 17-12 (5-5)
After getting off to a slow start, the Red Sox quickly became one of baseball's best with the help of their stars, JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts. JD holds a 1.144 OPS, while Bogaerts and Devers are close behind with a .969 and .934 OPS respectively. Pivetta is the only Starter with a sub 3.00 ERA. More production out of the Starting Rotation could have us seeing the Red Sox in the top 5 next week.
8. Kansas City Royals, 16-10 (7-3)
They continue to get incredible production out of Salvador Perez, Carlos Santana, and Whit Merrifield (their 3 oldest batters). They are second in the MLB in team steals per game, and Danny Duffy is still on a tear. Through 30 IP he has 34 SO, 0.60 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, to go along with a 4-1 record.
9. Chicago White Sox, 15-12 (7-3)
The team I had as my World Series favorite has not gotten off to the start we had hoped for. After losing Eloy Jimenez for most of the season to a torn pectoral, and Tony La Russa seeming to forget how to coach, they still remain in the top 10. They have 2021 miracle player Yermin Mercedes still rolling, and AL ROTY hopeful Andrew Vaughn catching some steam.
10. Seattle Mariners, 16-13 (4-6)
The third team to reach 10 wins on the season, carried by the bats of Mitch Haniger and Ty France, are another who have come back down to Earth from their hot start. The Mariners are a fun team to watch & I believe they have a chance to squeak in the playoffs, but expect them to lose a few more games and sit where I think they belong; right around .500.
11. Toronto Blue Jays, 14-12 (7-3)
Getting their star FA acquisition George Springer finally in the lineup gave the Jays the boost they needed. Vlad Jr is starting to look like his old man, and I really think with the way the Yankees are playing, this team has a chance to win the AL East.
12. Arizona Diamondbacks, 15-13 (7-3)
The Diamondbacks are the most surprising team in the past couple weeks. MadBum threw a spectacular “notable achievement” (7 inning no-hitter) but still has a 5.58 ERA. They don't really have the stats to back up their record, and I think the D-Backs are one of the bottom 10 teams, but good on them for coming in at 12 (and for having one of the best social media teams around).
13. Houston Astros, 15-13 (7-3)
Coming into the season as the favorite to win the AL west, the Astros were another good team to get a slow start to the season. Their bats have picked up and have been more productive thanks to Michael Brantley and Kyle Tucker. But they still need their Starters to produce at levels like they have in the past.
14. New York Yankees, 14-14 (7-3)
Speaking of good teams with a slow start, did anybody expect the NYY to be at 14 a month in? They are even at .500 for the first time in 18 games, and have a slew of problems offensively. The bats have been hot as of late, but tons of questions remain around players such as Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, and Giancarlo Stanton.
15. Washington Nationals, 12-12 (7-3)
After Covid derailed their opening week, and their Big-3 (Scherzer, Corbin, Strasburg) all got off to the worst starts of their careers, the Nats sit in first in the only division in baseball without a team above .500. This division is going to be neck and neck all year, so if the Nationals want to win this division they are going to have to keep up this rate of play.
16. Cincinnati Reds, 13-14 (4-6)
The 2021 version of the Slam-Diego Padres, the Reds bats to start the season were HOT, & I mean REDS HOT (I’m sorry, I had to). Nick Castellanos is having an MVP-like season, and Jesse Winker, Tyler Naquin, Joey Votto & Eugenio Suarez all have 5+ homers. Luis Castillo got off to a horrendous start, but has looked more like the ace the Reds want him to be as of late.
17. Philadelphia Phillies, 13-14 (5-5)
The second team to come in in this cluster of NL East teams is the Phillies. Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Zach Eflin are pitching as expected. Bryce Harper is starting to (almost) look like he was worth $330 million, and J.T. is, well, J.T. One of the best catchers in the game.
18. Tampa Bay Rays, 14-15 (4-6)
If the Rays could play every game as well as they do against the Yankees, they would be in much better shape. Glasnow is pitching just fine, as is Yarborough. But they need to figure out the rest of the staff and their hitters who carried them through last season need to get hot again. I'm still not sure if the Rays want to be competitive in the AL east, or they are in somewhat of a rebuild, but they remain a middle of the pack team.
19. Los Angeles Angels, 13-13 (4-6)
The Angels seem to have the same problem every year. Production out of people not named Mike Trout. Trout has a 1.290 OPS, and the Angels are still at .500. Rendon has been hurt, and he will make a difference upon his return, but they will need to look towards Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning to step it up and pitch like they are paid to do.
20. Cleveland Indians, 13-13 (5-5)
After trading Lindor to the Mets, I don't think anybody expected the Indians to be a competitive team. But when you still have Shane Bieber, you can only go so low. Bieber is still one of the league's best, and the Indians still have a hard hitting lineup. Expect them to sit around this spot all season.
21. Baltimore Orioles, 13-15 (5-5)
Perhaps the least focused-on team in the league, the Orioles have had some bright spots this season. Trey Mancini returned after a year off due to Colon cancer treatment, Cedric Mullins and John Means continue to be exciting young players. And they still have top catching prospect Adley Rutschman eagerly awaiting his call up.
22. New York Mets, 10-11 (3-7)
Perhaps the most disappointing team this season (take your pick of which New York team), after buying the team, Steve Cohen promised Mets fans this team would finally have a direction. They would finally be what the Mets are projected to be damn near every season, a winning, playoff team. But alas, the Mets, are the same old Mets. It's the same old story, they can't hit when DeGrom is on the mound, and Lindor has yet to make a difference.
23. Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-15 (4-6)
The Pirates have been a fun team to watch so far, even without top prospect Ke’bryan Hayes. Brubaker and Tyler Anderson have both been pitching well, and their offense with the likes of Adam Frazier, Colin Moran, and Philip Evans has kept them competitive.
24. Atlanta Braves, 12-16 (4-6)
The Braves should be much better then they are, but their whole team revolves around Ronald Acuna Jr. He can't continue to do EVERYTHING for this team, so Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna, and Dansby Swanson are all going to need to chip in. Their pitching rotation is in complete disarray, they desperately need Max Fried to return, and are eagerly waiting for Mike Soroka to make his season debut.
25. Texas Rangers, 13-16 (4-6)
Listen, I was always told if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it. With that being said, I think the Rangers belong down with the Tigers and Rockies, but they continue to win games for now. Nick Solak has become one of the most reliable 2B in the league, and Kyle Gibson is still pitching above expectations.
26. Miami Marlins, 11-16 (3-7)
The National Leagues dark horse, the Miami Marlins have been one of the most fun teams to watch this season. Having fun doesn't always correlate with success though. The Marlins have a lot of work to do, but they at least have direction. Jazz Chisolm will be off the IL soon, and once he's back, expect the Marlins to win more games.
27. Minnesota Twins, 10-16 (4-6)
Byron Buxton is a sleeper MVP candidate if he can keep up this rate of production, Nelson Cruz is still Nelson Cruz, and Simmons and Donaldson have been helpful bats. But their bullpen has a 1-8 record, and they are one of many teams with a Closer fiasco.
28. Chicago Cubs, 12-16 (3-7)
Along with the Mets as potentially the most disappointing team so far, the Cubs sit in last place of the NL Central. Javy Baez is striking out at an astronomical rate, Kyle Hendricks has gotten rocked in all but one start, and none of their starters can get two consistent quality starts. There is still a lot of time left, but it's already going to be tough for the Cubs to catch the Cardinals and Brewers.
29. Colorado Rockies, 10-18 (4-6)
After trading away Nolan Arenado as his final f*** you to Rockies fans, General Manager Jeff Bridich resigned last week. He leaves this team as another with no direction, and no hope. The whole league expects them to deal Trevor Story by the deadline, and I wouldn't be shocked if they traded anybody who holds any value.
30. Detroit Tigers, 8-21 (1-9)
A toss up for the league's worst team yet again, the Tigers remain hopeless. Year in, year out the Tigers seem to have no direction, no leadership, and no will to win. This team desperately needs a major overhaul, and they will likely remain 29 or 30 for the whole season.