MLB Power Rankings for the Week Starting August 14, 2017 (after Week 18)
Sports Chat Place's MLB Power Rankings for Week 19 of the 2017 MLB Season
Week 19 of the MLB Season Starting 8/14/17
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We’re finally starting to see some changes throughout the MLB landscape with some contenders in a slump and an injury to a star player. Just like that, things are opening up a bit and there may be hope for the other guys after all. This is why I love sports and betting, as it’s never over and things can get turned upside down in an instant.
Here are this weeks MLB power rankings.
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1. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers are winning 70.7 percent of their games and have lost just five times since the second half. I’m running out of ways to explain just how good these Dodgers are.
2. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox have lost just once this month and it has a lot to do with an offense that’s hitting .283 the last eight games. Just like that, the Red Sox are making a case as the best team in the American League.
3. Houston Astros - I know the Houston Astros are dealing with injuries, but a 2-9 record in August is reason for concern. The Astros still have the second best record in baseball, but things are looking mighty shaky right now.
4. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians have been tough to figure out at times, but they have their pitching staff in check this month and have won 20 of their last 26 games when allowing four or less runs.
5. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals are still a very balanced team that can hold its own due to their pitching, but the loss of Bryce Harper is killer to a championship run. While the details haven’t been released by the time this was posted, it didn’t look good, and the Nats are just 45-43 with Harper on the DL.
6. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies have six players with at least 80 hits and have scored at least three runs in 19 of their first 25 games in the second half of the season.
7. New York Yankees - The New York Yankees haven’t had the easiest schedule this month, but they’ve held their own despite a banged up pitching staff, and the offense is showing signs of life. The rest of this tough schedule will show us just how serious these baby Yanks truly are.
8. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to run hot and cold, especially that offense that’s hitting just .227 in the month of August. The Diamondbacks still have one of the top run differentials in baseball, which is a sign this team will be OK.
9. Los Angeles Angels - One team that’s really rubbing off on me is the Los Angeles Angels, as they have caught fire out of nowhere and are a serious wild card threat. A fun team to watch when clicking, the Angels have also won six of their last seven as an underdog.
10. Chicago Cubs - Just when you think the Chicago Cubs have it figured out, they lose seven of their last 10 games, including two of three to the brutal San Francisco Giants. Will the real Cubbies please stand up?
11. St. Louis Cardinals - I mentioned last week that the St. Louis Cardinals were going to start winning games due to the way they were pitching. Well, the Cards are in the thick of the NL wild card race and have a favorable schedule down the stretch.
12. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners have a powerful offense, but their pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in nine of their 11 games in the month of August. That’s not getting it done when fighting for a playoff spot.
13. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins had a terrific week and apparently aren’t going to go down quietly, but I still have my doubts about their pitching staff that gets rocked far too often.
14. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers continue their brutal second half stretch, and I’d love to drop them lower in the rankings, but they still have one of the top records in the league for a non-playoff team. Still, the Brewers are hitting just .235 post all-star break.
15. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays continue to find ways to lose, and now their offense has been shutout five times in their last eight games. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Rays, either.
16. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last 10 games, some of their best ball of the season. Unfortunately, these stretches are usually followed by a string of losses.
17. Baltimore Orioles - The Baltimore Orioles have actually played decent ball since the end of July, but it’s hard to take a team serious that’s 13 games under .500 on the road.
18. Texas Rangers - Besides the Brewers, the Texas Rangers are the only other team that’s a long shot to make the playoffs that has a positive run differential. The Rangers are also allowing a .215 batting average in their last nine games.
19. Miami Marlins - Giancarlo Stanton has 20 homers in his last 32 games, putting Miami on his back. But the real news for the Marlins is that Jeffrey Loria, the worst owner in all of sports, finally sold the team.
20. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays have won back-to-back games once since July 28, and their pitching staff has a 4.80 ERA in the month of August. Neither of those stats are good when trying to hold onto playoff hopes.
21. Kansas City Royals - Right when it looks like the Kansas City Royals are ready to make a run to make things interesting, they go in one of those droughts where the offense or pitching staff falls apart. It might be time to write the Royals off.
22. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers are allowing teams to hit .283 against them this month with 18 homers. The good news is Justin Verlander has looked like Justin Verlander his last three starts.
23. Atlanta Braves - There once was a time when the Atlanta Braves were hanging strong as the second best team in the NL East. Well, 15 losses in their last 19 games proves that this young team has hit a wall.
24. New York Mets - The New York Mets can’t score runs this month, and I’m pretty sure trading Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians won’t help. Oh, why is there a baseball trade deadline when you can still make trades after said deadline?
25. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres have an ERA of 5.32 in their last 10 games and have allowed 16 homers during that span as well. The Padres have a run differential of -153, the worst in baseball by a considerable margin.
26. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics are giving up a hit per inning and have allowed 36 homers in 27 games since the all star break. While a fun team to watch most of the time, the Athletics are downright scary to bet on these days.
27. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds pitching staff continues to get crushed on a nightly basis, and they’ve allowed four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games on the road.
28. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox did a good job of playing spoiler this week and with many possible playoff teams ahead, it’s the one thing Chicago has to look forward to these next few weeks.
29. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants are actually playing some of their best ball this month, but that doesn’t matter when you’re winning less than 40 percent of your games and have the second worst run differential in the sport.
30. Philadelphia Phillies - Will the Philadelphia Phillies win more games this season than the Philadelphia 76ers? I need a sportsbook to give me the odds on that prop.