MLB News: MLB Power Rankings As Of 5/6/15
MLB Power Rankings
May 6, 2015
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Let’s take a look at how each team stacks up in this week’s major league baseball power rankings. We’re more than a month into the season, so we’re getting a better feel about each team.
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1. St. Louis Cardinals - Even without Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals have possibly the best defense in baseball and still finds ways to win games.
2. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals may have proven they’re the most complete team in the American League. Who would have thought?
3. Houston Astros - When was the last time the Houston Astros were this high on any power rankings? Well, here they are. Surprise, surprise.
4. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers have four players with double-digit RBI, and Miguel Cabrera has to still be the frontrunner for MVP.
5. New York Yankees - The New York Yankees are surprising everybody with their play, as they’ve been one of the hotter teams in baseball for a couple of weeks now. Look out!
6. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff is averaging more than a strikeout per inning, as they’re one of the teams to beat in the NL.
7. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres finally have the offense to match their all-star pitching. The Padres are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
8. New York Mets - The New York Mets have cooled off quite a bit. Are they frauds or just going through a slump that they’ll soon break out of?
9. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs are still hanging around and Kris Bryant has 12 RBI in 17 games. Don’t burn those future bets just yet.
10. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins are finally playing like the team I thought they would be. After all, the Marlins were my World Series pick.
11. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals are another team that’s starting to find its way. That NL East race could get quite interesting the next several months.
12. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox are underachieving right now but have more than enough talent to get out of their funk. The Sox will be alright.
13. Tampa Bay Rays - Anybody have the Tampa Bay Rays above .500 over a month into the season? Didn’t think so..
14. Baltimore Orioles - Is there any player more underrated than Adam Jones, who is flat out tearing the cover off the ball?
15. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays would be a true world series contender if their pitching staff was more consistent, as their offense rakes.
16. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates have struck out 220 times in 26 games, which I’m going to guess isn’t good for a team that wants to make the playoffs.
17. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants have scratched and clawed their way back to a .500 record. It’ll be interesting to see if the Giants offense can hold up.
18. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels have too much talent to be three games below a .500 record. A four-game series against the Astros will be intriguing.
19. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds are getting offensive production from everybody, but their pitching is preventing them from taking that next step.
20. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins are somehow above .500 and have shown they can be a decent time when their pitching staff isn’t allowing seven runs a game.
21 Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox have the potential to turn their season around but haven’t shown much consistency.
22. Seattle Mariners - Not sure what’s up with the Seattle Mariners, but they better figure something out quickly before it’s too late.
23. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves are trying their best to stay afloat but an upcoming road trip will likely bring them back to reality.
24. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics are 1-14 this season when allowing more than three runs. I’m no math major but that’s not a good stat to have.
25. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies have allowed four or more runs in eight straight games. That sums up why the Rockies won’t go anywhere this season.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks - Can the Diamondbacks get anybody to step up offensively besides Paul Goldschmidt or Mark Trumbo?
27. Texas Rangers - I’m not sure how much Justin Hamilton is going to help, but the Texas Rangers are starting to look a lot like the team from last season.
28. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians have to be the most disappointing team in all of baseball, as they were a dark horse playoff team heading into the year.
29. Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies have scored three or less runs in five of their last seven games. Story of their season.
30. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers will be at the bottom of these power rankings all season long, as they don’t do anything right besides lose consistently.