Weekly Power Rankings, May 18
Weekly Power Rankings, May 17
This week brings us our first back-to-back #1, a new surprising #30, and a handful of teams barely sliding up or down the rankings. A few teams have gotten bit by the injury bug, and a couple of teams are just not where they should be by this point in the season. Let's not waste any more time, and get right to the 3rd edition of the 2021 Power Rankings.
Team, W-L, ⇧⇩ (From last week), (L10)
Boston Red Sox, 25-17, ＝, (6-4) - Red Sox remain the top dog for the second consecutive week. They are tied for the best record in the league and lead the league in OPS. JD, Xander, Rafael. As long as those three players are healthy, the Red Sox should be able to continue riding high.
Chicago White Sox, 24-15, ⇧3, (8-2) - Tied for the best record over the last 10, my World Series pick is finally starting to look good. Andrew Vaughn is getting his legs steady, and the CWS may be close to their full potential without two of their best players.
Oakland Athletics, 25-17, ⇧1, (6-4) - The Athletics continue to put together an impressive season and are still cemented in the top 5. I feel that regression will set in soon, and bump them back to more of a .500 team, but until then they're still here.
San Francisco Giants, 24-16, ⇩1, (6-4) - Russo and I have been talking about this team for what feels like all season. An incredible blast from the past has this team rolling, and the team and fans seem to be having the most fun since the 2012 season.
San Diego Padres, 24-17, ⇧1, (7-3) - The Padres are the hottest they have been since the start of the season, even with Blake Snell looking like hot garbage. Snell may look broken, but the rest of the team is firing on all cylinders.
Houston Astros, 24-17, ⇧2, (8-2) - Tied with the CWS for the best record over the past 10, the Astros are beginning to look like a powerhouse again. As we talked about on the pod, if all of their hitters can get hot at the same time, the Astros are in a good spot to be one of the AL’s best.
St. Louis Cardinals, 23-18, ⇩5, (5-5) - Jack Flaherty is looking like an early Cy-Young candidate, and Adam Wainwright may have found the fountain of youth. They dropped 5 spots after getting swept by the Padres, and have a tough week ahead with the Cubs coming to town for the first time this season, and then a road trip to Chicago for a series against the Chi-Sox.
Los Ángeles Dodgers, 22-18, ⇧1, (5-5) - The Dodgers signed Albert Pujols, who is expected to get starts at first against opposing lefties and pinch-hit in late innings. They won 2 out of 3 against the Marlins, and swept the Mariners in a quick 2 game series, and look like they're on their way to getting back on track.
New York Yankees, 22-18, ⇩2, (6-4) - The Yankees put Giancarlo on the 10-day IL, in the middle of the oddest Covid breakout that we've seen. They now have 9 positive cases, including Gleyber Torres. Thank God they have Aaron Judge to pick up the slack who is batting .522 with 5 HR over his past 7 games.
Toronto Blue Jays, 22-17, ⇧6, (7-3) - The Jays are 2nd in the MLB in HR, 7th in RBI, and 8th in OPS. In my opinion, this Blue Jays team is the most fun to watch right now and I love the energy they bring day in, day out.
Cleveland Indians, 21-17, ＝, (6-4) - Another team we talked about on the most recent pod, the Cleveland Indians are playing much better than anybody would have expected after shipping Lindor to the Mets. Jose Ramirez is hitting a HR 1 in every 3 hits, and may have the best plate discipline in the league with 11 HR and only 19 Ks.
New York Mets, 18-16, ⇩2, (7-3) - The Mets didn't drop two spots for any fault of their own, just better play by other teams. Half of their lineup is out due to injury including Nimmo, McNeil, Davis, Guillorme, and DeGrom. It's going to be a rough couple of weeks for the Mets, as noted on Twitter by team owner Steve Cohen.
Tampa Bay Rays, 23-19, ⇧1, (6-4) - The Rays have the most team strikeouts in the MLB with 438, and a team AVG. of only .226. They are being carried by their pitching, and most of their wins have come against the Yankees. They shipped Tsutsugo to the Dodgers, and we might be seeing an incoming full rebuild for the Rays.
Philadelphia Phillies, 21-20, ⇧1, (5-5) - Much like the Braves in the sense that they win a series, lose a series, and on and on. If the Phillies want to take that #1 spot over the Mets, now would be their best window with all of the injuries to the team in Queens.
Cincinnati Reds, 19-19, ⇧4, (6-4) - Luis Castillo is right up there for having the most disappointing season. He is 1-5 with a 7.79 ERA and has looked awful in all but one start this season. Jonathan India is very exciting to watch, and the Reds might have found something there.
Milwaukee Brewers, 21-20, ⇩3, (4-6) - Natural regression continues to occur for the Brewers and found themselves at .500 for the first time all season this week. They desperately need Yelli back, and I think it will be like a brand new Brew Crew when he's back.
Chicago Cubs, 19-20, ⇩5, (6-4) - The last team in the 4 way race for the NL Central, the Cubs still find themselves playing catch up. They still have an opportunity to take the division, and the team as a whole has been playing better the past couple of weeks.
Seattle Mariners, 21-20, ⇧1, (4-6) - An exciting week for the Mariners, as they called up two of their top prospects in Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert. Kelenic’s first career hit was a home run, and the Mariners have settled back down to where they should be, right around .500.
Atlanta Braves, 19-21, ⇩1, (5-5) - It seems that the Braves are going with the “one step forward, two steps back” approach. After a sweep of the Nationals, they were swept by the Blue Jays, won 2 out of 3 against the Brewers, and began an important interdivisional series earlier today against the Mets.
Miami Marlins, 18-22, ⇧2, (4-6) - The Marlins finally got Jazz Chisolm back from injury, and their young players continue to play well. Trevor Rogers is still having an incredible year, and I expect to see them heat up as Jazz re-enters the lineup.
Washington Nationals, 16-20, ⇧2, (4-6) - Josh Bell is starting to hit the ball after almost two months into the season. The Nationals made a few free agency signings that have not panned out, and like I keep saying I think the Nats will be huge sellers at the deadline.
Los Angeles Angels, 17-22, ⇧2, (4-6) - With the worst team ERA in the league, and one of the highest team WHIP’s, their starting pitching continues to be the thorn in the side for the Angels. Dylan Bundy dropped to 0-5 on the season, and Shohei is their best starter in my eyes as it stands.
Baltimore Orioles, 17-23, ⇩2, (3-7) - The big problem with the O’s right now is any pitcher not named John Means. Means continues to look like an all-star, but the rotation as a whole is a mess. Mancini is going to win Comeback Player of the Year, and I'll keep bringing up Adley’s name until we see him in the bigs.
Texas Rangers, 18-24, ⇩4, (3-7) - After a little hot streak, the Rangers look like their normal selves again. Joey Gallo leads the league in strikeouts and is one of the most popular names getting thrown around the trade block.
Arizona Diamondbacks, 18-23, ⇧2, (3-7) - MadBum has been of the league's best over his past 5 starts, going 30 IP with 34 K, only 2 BB, a 0.90 ERA and a 0.47 WHIP. Eduardo Escobar continues to see the ball well, and Ketel Marte still has no timetable for a return.
Kansas City Royals, 18-22, ⇩1, (2-8) - I wanted to put the Royals lower on this list, but those bottom 4 are damn near cemented in the basement. They have been the league's coldest team for a few weeks, but they have the talent to turn it around.
Pittsburgh Pirates, 17-23, ⇧1, (4-6) - Another setback for Ke’Bryan Hayes is discouraging to see, and the Pirates youngins are back to struggling. The team as a whole only has a .651 OPS, second-lowest only to the Tigers.
Detroit Tigers, 14-26, ⇧2, (6-4) - The Tigers have put together a nice week which included a sweep of the Royals. Grossman and Mize are looking more like the prospects they were poised to be, and the Tigers should get a bit more competitive as the season continues.
Colorado Rockies, 15-26, ＝, (3-7) - The only reason the Rockies aren't #30 is only because of the Twins landslide of a season. They stink, they will continue to stink, that is the Rockies way.
Minnesota Twins, 13-25, ⇩4, (2-8) - The Twins season from hell continues as they are now dead last in the MLB. They lack production all around, and if this awful play continues, you can expect the Twins to be sellers come the trade deadline.