Sports Chat Place's MLB Power Rankings for Week 17 of the 2017 MLB Season
Week 17 of the MLB Season Starting 7/31/17
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With the MLB trade deadline nearing its head and the month of August approaching, we have about two months of regular season baseball left. At this point teams are what they are and it’s time to start focusing on who is a World Series contender and who needs to start making plans for the offseason. And if we’re being honest, it seems like a two-man race for the crown at this point.
Here are this weeks MLB power rankings.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t giving me any reason to even consider dropping them in these rankings. The Dodgers are winning every way possible and have just 10 losses since the start of June. This is unreal stuff.
2. Houston Astros - While Los Angeles is stealing the headlines, the Houston Astros are more than holding things down for the top spot in the American League. The Astros take another step if they can add a pitcher like Yu Darvish.
3. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals have been scoring machines in the second half and now have four players with 100-plus hits. With the NL East wrapped up, it’s all about staying healthy and in good form for the postseason.
4. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians haven’t lost since July 19, as this club is starting to look like the squad that made last years World Series. The Indians have allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games.
5. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies have scored at least five runs eight times since the all-star break and have four players with 40-plus RBI. When those bats are hot, few can hang with the Rockies.
6. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t nearly as hot as they were in the first half, but the pitching staff is coming around again and Zack Greinke has produced wins in eight of his last 10 starts.
7. New York Yankees - The New York Yankees have scored four or more runs in nine straight games and are learning how to win close games with consistency. Are things coming together for this team at the right time?
8. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs are winning at a high clip in the second half due to a pitching staff that has an ERA of 3.77 in the month of July. Don’t look now, but the defending champs are coming.
9. Kansas City Royals - Speaking of turnarounds, the Kansas City Royals are showing their championship pedigree the last couple of weeks and have an offense that’s risen from the dead. The Royals have won 27 of their last 30 games when topping three runs.
10. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox are still that sleeping giant in the AL, but David Price’s elbow injury has to be concerning.
11. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers are struggling to find their form in the second half, but they’ve lost a lot of close games and are due for some breaks to go their way this week.
12. Seattle Mariners - I want to believe the Seattle Mariners can make a postseason push, but the inconsistencies have been tough to get behind. The good news is the M’s have a team ERA of 3.75 post all-star break.
13. Minnesota Twins - I keep saying if the Minnesota Twins had some pitching they’d be fine. The Twins have an ERA of 5.16 in the month of July, and that’s not how you make the postseason.
14. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays have had countless tough breaks the last couple of weeks and these losses are killing them in the standings. We’ll learn about the Rays in a upcoming series against the Houston Astros.
15. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals are having a hard time putting runs on the board, but they’re still in the thick of the NL Central and are one good week away from putting pressure on its rivals.
16. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels are showing signs of life offensively, but they haven’t won more than three straight games since the middle of May. A run has to happen soon for this team if playoffs are a possibility.
17. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins are in clear sell mode with their pitching staff, but they’ve won four straight and have scored 40 runs during that stretch. Maybe trading players is the secret after all.
18. Pittsburgh Pirates - It looked like the Pittsburgh Pirates were going to be the surprise team in the second half, but that lasted about a week. The Pirates offense has gone ice cold and they’ve lost any ground they made up.
19. Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 5.40 post all-star break and they’ve lost 14 of their last 18 games when allowing more than three runs. It may be time to put a nail in these Rangers.
20. Baltimore Orioles - The Baltimore Orioles are one of the few teams this low still in the playoff hunt, but their pitching rotation has walked 67 batters and has a 5.37 ERA this month. That won’t last long with those numbers.
21. New York Mets - The New York Mets did a great job getting a headstart on next season by adding AJ Ramos. However, that doesn’t do much for them this season.
22. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves have an ERA over five in the month of July and have lost nine straight when allowing more than three runs. Poor pitching is a common theme with the teams in the bottom of these rankings.
23. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays have won four of their last six games, but it’s only a matter of time before things fall apart again. The Blue Jays are possibly the most disappointing team in baseball this season.
24. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres have found some recent offensive magic and could play spoiler the next couple of months if it continues. The Padres are hitting .282 post all-star break with 24 bombs.
25. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers still can’t put together a successful week and now may move Justin Wilson and / or Justin Verlander. Tough year for the Tigers.
26. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics are actually a fun team that competes hard at home. The problem is the A’s 19 games below .500 on the road, which explains them being dead last in the AL West.
27. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds have allowed four or more runs in 13 of their 16 games since the all-star break and haven’t won a game since June 27 when that’s the case.
28. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox traded half their team away and have an ERA of nearly six in the month of July. It’s all about deciding who is going where on vacation for this squad.
29. Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies may have had their best week of the season and the offense is producing. Given these few wins and a boost of confidence, there may actually be value in these Phillies lines coming up.
30. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants are in real danger of having the worst record in baseball, which is inexcusable considering the talent. Back in November, the Giants were tied with the Indians and Mets for the fifth best World Series odds.