MLB Power Rankings for the Week Starting August 7, 2017 (after Week 17)
Sports Chat Place's MLB Power Rankings for Week 18 of the 2017 MLB Season
Week 18 of the MLB Season Starting 8/7/17
We’re a week into August, which means there’s about seven weeks of regular season baseball left. While the top of the standings haven’t changed for months, it’s the middle of the pack that better make a move if they hope to be playing in late October. With the trade deadline over and done with, we’ll quickly find out which teams are truly built to make a run at a world series crown.
Here are this weeks MLB power rankings.
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1. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 43 of their last 50 games, something that hasn’t been done since 1912 by the New York Giants. I think that’s pretty good.
2. Houston Astros - The Houston Astros are having their players drop like flies right now, but they still have the second best record in baseball and are still first in runs scored by a wide margin.
3. Washington Nationals - Sometimes it feels like the Washington Nationals take their foot off the gas, but that can happen when you win your division before the all-star break. The Nats are still one of the more balanced teams in baseball.
4. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians had some slip-ups in Boston, but this is a club that’s clearly found its mojo and is ready to keep heating up down the stretch. The Indians are showing flashes of the team they were a year ago.
5. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies have scored four or more runs in 15 of their 20 games since the all-star break. Coors Field or not, the Rockies have nine players with 30-plus RBI.
6. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs are still one of the worst teams to bet on due to the insane juice they get, but in terms of power rankings, they’re back to being a world series threat. Joe Maddon is pushing the right buttons and the Cubbies are responding.
7. New York Yankees - The New York Yankees offense has gone in a funk the last week, but they’re a team with boppers that’s due for a breakout, and they’ve won seven straight when topping three runs.
8. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox are putting together that winning streak I was looking for, and Drew Pomeranz has allowed two or less earned runs in eight of his last 10 starts.
9. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals pitching staff hasn’t been great the first week of August and now catcher Salvador Perez is going to the DL. It’s sink or swim time for the veteran Royals.
10. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks are still in good position for the playoffs, but they’re losing some of that edge they had in the first half. The Diamondbacks are striking out an average of 10 times per game since the break.
11. Milwaukee Brewers - Back-to-back shutouts and just one combined run allowed in their las three games can change the way many feel about the Milwaukee Brewers. Team still has some work to do after a rough second half start.
12. Seattle Mariners - I mentioned last week that the Seattle Mariners was the team I was looking to make a playoff push, and they’ve won seven of their last 11 games. Losing Felix Hernandez doesn’t help, but the Mariners have the offensive pop to compete down the stretch.
13. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels have caught fire recently and Mike Trout is hitting .500 with two homers in the month of August. Can the Angels get enough help from their pitching staff to keep this up?
14. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays are the most frustrating team, as they consistently find bizarre ways to lose games they shouldn’t. I lose a little more faith in the Rays each week.
15. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals have a team ERA under three since the all-star break. If that continues for another seven weeks, the Cards will gain ground in the wild card race to make things interesting.
16. Baltimore Orioles - The Baltimore Orioles are heating up a bit, but they’ve still lost 14 of their last 18 games when scoring four or less runs. It’s not fair to keep asking the O’s offense to produce that much every night.
17. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins have officially run out of gas and the pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in 14 of their 20 games since the break. At least the Twins showed they’re building something special for much of this season.
18. Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers have been hit and miss the last several weeks and it starts with a pitching staff that has an ERA over five since the break. At least Texas is one of four AL wild card teams that has a plus run differential.
19. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates are getting very little offense outside of Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison, and it looks like back-to-back seasons with no postseason is going to take place.
20. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays have won eight of their last 12 games and are quickly back in the wild card hunt, just four games back. We know the talent is there, and Jose Bautista is actually hitting the baseball again.
21. Miami Marlins - In 15 August at bats, Giancarlo Stanton has six hits, two walks and three homers. Unfortunately, the Marlins have lost four of their last six games in which Stanton has hit a bomb.
22. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves are 9-3 when topping three runs since the break, so this is a young scrappy bunch that can provide value down the stretch even though they’re out of the race.
23. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers traded a chunk of their team and have won six of their last eight games. With tons of playoff possible clubs coming up, the Tigers look to play spoiler for the next several weeks.
24. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres have either won or lost by two or less runs in 12 of their last 15 games. I’ve said it before; the Padres don’t win a ton, but they compete their tail off and can make you money.
25. New York Mets - The New York Mets have allowed five or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games and have an ERA of 4.96 since the break. Injuries or not, that’s a losing recipe for any ball club.
26. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics aren’t a bad baseball team at all. Unless you get them out of Oakland where they’re 18-37, which is the second-fewest road wins in the majors.
27. Cincinnati Reds - What’s worse than a 5.17 ERA on the season? A 5.64 ERA since the all-star break. The Cincinnati Reds should start holding open tryouts for fans.
28. San Francisco Giants - At this point its all about avoiding the worst record in baseball and becoming the biggest disappointment by far this season. Honestly, I’m not sure the San Francisco Giants can do it.
29. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox traded the bulk of their team away and have just six wins since the start of July. At least football season is here, Chicago. Wait…
30. Philadelphia Phillies - In five games in August, the Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA over five with 19 walks in 40 innings. At this point, it has to be rough showing up to the ballpark everyday.