MLB News: MLB Power Rankings As Of 5/19/15
MLB Power Rankings
May 19, 2015
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We’re about a quarter into the MLB season, giving us a much better idea of who and who isn’t a contender. While there’s still ton of games left, let’s power rank how each team stacks up right now.
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1. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals remain the best team in baseball and have won 10 of their last 13 games on their home field.
2. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals have an improved offense to go with one of the best rotations in baseball. If you’re waiting for this team to fall off, keep waiting.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers are 20-2 this season when scoring more than three runs. Yikes.
4. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers have yet to really go on a major run, but they have three players with 20 or more RBI.
5. Houston Astros - Anybody have the Houston Astros as one of the top teams in baseball a quarter in? Anybody?
6. Chicago Cubs - Remember when everybody was calling Kris Bryant a bust after his first game? The rookie has 24 RBI in 29 games.
7. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals have won nine of their last 11 games and quickly looking like the team everybody thought they would see before the season started.
8. New York Mets - The New York Mets have allowed three or less runs in 23 of their 39 games, giving them one of the top pitching rotations in all of baseball.
9. New York Yankees - Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez have combined for 50 RBI, giving the Yankees that 2010 look.
10. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels have allowed three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games. They’ll really put things together once somebody besides Mike Trout starts hitting the ball.
11. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants have combined for 30 runs in their last three games. If that offense can stay consistent, you’re looking at back-to-back championships.
12. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres haven’t shown much consistency, but they’ve shown enough to prove they’re an NL contender.
13. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins are four games above .500 a quarter into the season. Torii Hunter must be drinking from the fountain of youth with his 21 RBI.
14. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays have been my biggest surprise yet, as they continue to hang with the big boys and find ways to win with a no-name roster.
15. Boston Red Sox - Still waiting for the Boston Red Sox to go on a run, and that shouldn’t take long with their lineup and small ballpark.
16. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds are another inconsistent team that needs a breakthrough from Brandon Phillips or Jay Bruce to get over this hump.
17. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays just can't catch a break with these injuries, huh? Toronto looked like it was a team ready to do some damage in a wide open AL East.
18. Seattle Mariners - Anybody see Robinson Cano lately? Nelson Cruz is having an MVP type season but he needs help if the Mariners are going to get back on track.
19. Chicago White Sox - I said in the last power rankings that the Chicago White Sox were a team to watch, and they’re currently riding a six-game winning streak.
20. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates have to start winning on the road if they’re going to be taken seriously, and they’ve lost seven of their last 10 away from home.
21. Baltimore Orioles - The Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of over four and have waked 113 batters in 35 games. All of that needs to change.
22. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves can continue to hang around as long as their offense shows up like it has as of late.
23. Miami Marlins - What in the world are the Marlins doing? Hiring Dan Jennings, a guy who never played MLB baseball or coached? So much for my World Series pick.
24. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks have 10 pitchers with an ERA of over four runs. Not much to see here.
25. Texas Rangers - At what point do we feel bad for Prince Fielder, a guy who can still carry a team at the age of 31 years old?
26. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians shouldn’t be nine games below .500 with the roster they have. Although this isn’t the first time Cleveland is one of the biggest disappointments.
27. Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies still aren’t going anywhere as long as Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are carrying them. This isn’t 2008 anymore.
28. Oakland Athletics - It looks like those offseason moves have caught up to the Oakland Athletics, as this team is awful. Well, at least Oakland still has the Golden State Warriors.
29. Milwaukee Brewers - New manager or not, the Milwaukee Brewers are still terrible and will lose close to 100 games.
30. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies have allowed four or more runs in 15 of their last 19 games. This is the same team from last season.