MLB Power Rankings

 

 

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 96-53
The long losing streak is over, and by beating the Nationals twice on the road over the weekend, the Dodgers sort of proved they’re going to be okay heading into the postseason.
2 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 93-57
With a 24-1 record over the last 25 games, the Tribe is now in the record books thanks to a W22 that ended on Friday night against Kansas City—the team the Oakland Athletics victimized for their famous win streak in 2002. Perfect circle, really.
3 Houston Astros Houston Astros 91-58
Interesting situation for Houston now that the team clinched the American League West on Sunday. The Astros close the season with four games at Boston, the team they likely will face in the AL Division Series … unless Cleveland suddenly starts losing.
4 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 87-63
▲ 1
The D’backs are in limbo, secure in knowing they will host the National League Wild Card Game in all likelihood. They can start setting up the rotation now to put ace Zack Greinke on the mound that night in the desert.
5 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 85-64
▲ 1
Those final four games against Houston could be interesting if the Sox haven’t clinched the AL East by then. With just a three-game lead right now for Boston over New York, it’s not in the bag yet.
6 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 90-59
▼ 2
Dropping two of three at home to the Dodgers over the weekend reveals what we all suspect about the Nats. As good as they look on paper, they’ve played the easiest schedule this year because the rest of the NL East is terrible. Almost half Washington’s wins (42) have come against division foes.
7 New York Yankees New York Yankees 82-67
Six of their final 13 games are against Toronto, which means the Bronx Bombers need to take advantage of the schedule if they want to win the AL East. Only three games remain against a team with a winning record (Minnesota).
8 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 82-68
The Rox cling to a 2.5-game lead for the final NL postseason slot. Their final six road games this week are against San Francisco and San Diego, and the final series of the season is at home against the Dodgers, who may mail that one in. Stay tuned.
9 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 83-66
The defending champs have won six straight to open up a four-game lead in the NL Central, just in time. The home sweep of St. Louis over the weekend put the Cardinals out of their misery, really. That has to feel good in the Windy City.
10 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 78-71
▲ 2
Like Colorado, the Twins are trying to hang on late here to secure a playoff berth. The good news is they have seven games left against Detroit; the bad news is they have a 10-game road trip on deck now, with six games combined against the Indians and the Yankees.
11 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 79-70
If the Brewers are going to catch the Rockies, they will have to earn it the hard way. Four games at home against the Cubs starting this Thursday can make or break the Milwaukee postseason dreams.
12 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 76-73
▲ 1
Six games this week are against Cleveland (home) and Houston (away). That makes it hard to gain ground on Minnesota, although the Twinkies have their own scheduling issues as noted above. This could get good.
13 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 77-72
▼ 3
Getting swept in Chicago really hurt, but the final seven games of the season for St. Louis are at home against the Cubs (four) and the Brewers (three). The Cards may need to run the table to make the postseason.
14 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 73-77
The current 2-9 slide in September has dropped the Orioles out of postseason contention. Baltimore stayed in the hunt a lot longer than we expected, however. That probably isn’t much of a consolation to the club.
15 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 73-77
▲ 3
With just three wins in the last 10 games, the Rays finally can focus on 2018. Like the Orioles, it’s impressive they stayed competitive this deep into the season, all things considered.
16 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 74-76
▲ 1
The Ms have won between 11-15 games each full month this season, while losing between 12-15 games each full month. That’s why they’re where they are, as they just can’t put together any kind of long, sustained success. Oh, and they’re 8-8 this month so far.
17 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 73-76
▼ 1
Ending the Cleveland win streak is a small consolation for this bunch, as the core of the roster may be blown up this offseason. However, the last four seasons have been quite exciting in K.C., haven’t they? Hard to complain, Royals fans.
18 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 73-76
▼ 3
A five-game slide last week all but ended the Rangers’ postseason aspirations. They can play spoilers in Seattle this week, but after that, it’s just playing out the string for Texas. Football season has begun already, anyway.
19 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 70-80
With the fourth-highest payroll in MLB this year, this is not how the Blue Jays wanted the season to end. It’s hard to be the biggest-spending team to miss the playoffs, but that’s what Toronto experienced this year. Ouch.
20 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 66-83
▲ 1
With the second-lowest payroll in MLB this year, the A’s got what they paid for in the end. Their new ballpark plan is less than inspiring, making us wonder if the team wouldn’t be better served following the NBA’s Warriors and the NFL’s Raiders out of town.
21 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 66-83
▼ 1
The final 13 games feature four series against each of the Padres’ four NL West opponents. San Diego spends the final week of the season on the road against the Dodgers and the Giants. How ‘about those Aztecs?
22 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 66-84
▲ 3
Sweeping Pittsburgh at home was a nice accomplishment for the Reds. They also have a chance to spoil the season for St. Louis and Milwaukee in the final weeks of the year. That’s something.
23 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 68-82
▼ 1
The next six games are at home against the Cards and the Brewers, respectively. The Pirates also can play spoiler for some division rivals. If you can’t make it yourself, it’s fun to ruin the party for others.
24 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 62-87
They ended a six-game losing streak on Friday, and then Detroit starter Matt Boyd came within an out of pitching a no-hit game on Sunday. That’s some excitement for a team and a city that doesn’t have a lot to smile about right now.
25 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 67-81
▲ 2
The Braves close with one series against each of their four NL East opponents, which provides no excitement whatsoever. At least the Falcons seem to be clear and free of a Super Bowl hangover.
26 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 69-80
▼ 3
The Marlins have six road games coming up, three in Arizona and three in Colorado. They could spoil some fun for the Rockies, perhaps, but there’s not a lot of energy left in this team right now after all those walk-off losses in the last few weeks.
27 New York Mets New York Mets 65-84
▼ 1
See Atlanta above. The same situation exists for the Mets. Seriously, how did the NL East get so bad? Four of its teams are in the bottom six here, which again explains why the Nationals could be very overrated come October.
28 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 60-89
The Bears stink, so there’s not much going in Chicago right now unless you’re a Cubs fan. And even then, it’s not 2016. What is a White Sox fan to do for the final two weeks of the season? At least the Blackhawks are good still, right?
29 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 58-91
Are there a lot of L.A. transplants in Philly? We will find out this week as the Phillies host the Dodgers for four games. Don’t expect a lot of resistance as the NL West champs cruise through town.
30 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 58-93
The Giants spent the sixth-most money on payroll this year, only to be saddled with the worst record in baseball with two weeks to go. Will they rebuild or reload for 2018? Good question.

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