MLB News: MLB Power Rankings As Of 5/17/16
May 17, 2016
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We’re about a quarter into the 2016 MLB season, so we’re starting to get a much better feel of who is a contender and who is a pretender. Still a ton of baseball left, but it now makes sense to start sorting these teams out with nearly 40 games under everyone's belt.
Here are the 2016 MLB power rankings as of May 17.
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1. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs have been steamrolling since opening day and don’t show signs of slowing down. Could this finally be the year?
2. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox offense is consistency putting up crooked numbers and have seven players with 20 or more RBI.
3. Texas Rangers - I was high on the Texas Rangers before the season, and they’ve been rather consistent all year. The Rangers have six players with 30 or more hits.
4. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox are proving they’re far more than Chris Sale, as the entire pitching staff has combined for an ERA of 3.17.
5. Baltimore Orioles - The Orioles are getting it done with the long ball, as four players have seven or more home runs and team has 55 overall. That’s 1.5 homers a game.
6. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 2.97 and are averaging 9.11 strikeouts per nine innings. Yikes.
7. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants are on a five-game winning streak and first in the NL West. Remember, it’s an even year, which means the Giants will only improve the closer we get to October.
8. Seattle Mariners - Robinson Cano is finally starting to live up to that big contract, and the rest of the Mariners are following. Seattle is a team to watch down the stretch.
9. New York Mets - The Mets pitching staff is living up to the hype, and they’ve won 17 of their last 20 games when allowing three or less runs.
10. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Dodgers continue to tread water despite having a batting average of .241. Just wait till the lineup starts producing consistently.
11. Miami Marlins - The Marlins have won 16 of their last 22 games, and this run has started since Dee Gordon was suspended. The fish are looking more and more like a playoff contender and a team on the rise.
12. Philadelphia Phillies - The biggest surprise this season so far are the Philadelphia Phillies, a team averaging a strikeout per inning and has an overall WHIP of 1.22.
13. St. Louis Cardinals - The Cardinals just keep chipping away no matter what year it is, and Matt Carpenter is an early dark horse for NL MVP.
14. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays have yet to play their best baseball and are still in the thick of the AL East. Give it time.
15. Pittsburgh Pirates - Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates may have an offense now, as they’re batting .275 on the season and have scored four or more runs in six of their last nine games.
16. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals don’t look like the team we’ve seen the last two years but all the pieces are still there. Things will turn around eventually.
17. Colorado Rockies - If the Colorado Rockies could find any consistency with their pitching staff, they’d be a serious playoff threat. We’re talking about an offense that has 192 runs in 37 games.
18. New York Yankees - The Yankees have been showing signs of turning their season around and have the experienced players to finally get some offense going. The Yanks are a sleeper team moving forward.
19. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians find themselves one game above a .500 record and haven’t even played to their full potential yet.
20. Houston Astros - I’m not sure what in the world is going on with the Houston Astros, as this isn’t the team we saw last season. Still, I’m not ready to give up on the Astors just yet.
21. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks were supposed to be the trendy playoff pick this season, but a team ERA of 4.50 makes it tough to overcome. The Diamondbacks need to turn things around quickly.
22. Tampa Bay Rays - The Rays continue to hang around in the AL East but you have to question how long that will last with a batting average of .228.
23. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers are by far the most disappointing team in baseball right now. This is a team with Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton, Victor Martinez and Justin Verlander last time I checked.
24. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels look like they’re figuring things out lately with four straight wins. The Angels have the lineup to really turn things around, so they’re a team to watch.
25. San Diego Padres - Matt Kemp is living up to his contract at the moment, but the Padres simply don’t have enough firepower to consistently win games out West.
26. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics have a pitching staff that has an ERA of 4.80, and that’s not good when you have an offense with just one player with more than 20 RBI.
27. Cincinnati Reds - We knew the Cincinnati Reds were going to be bad when a lot of their key players left town. Having an ERA over five and allowing double-digit runs twice within the last week kind of fits the bill.
28. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers have allowed three or less runs just five times since April 10. Uh, that’s not a good thing.
29. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins have won just three games this month and are allowing big run totals on a nightly basis. It’s going to be a long season for Twins fans.
30. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves are the 76ers of MLB right now, and now they fired coach Fredi Gonzalez. Can you say dumpster fire?