MLB Power Rankings: Mitch's MLB Power Rankings As of May 14, 2018
Power Ranking for ALL MLB Teams For This Week
For the Week of 5/14/18
1) New York Yankees – The Yankees have it all going on; when their pitchers aren’t pitching well the hitters bail them out and when the New York bats are stale the arms come up big.
2) Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox have had some great timing with their scheduling but as good as the bats have been, they may be a pitcher short to win it all.
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3) Houston Astros – The Astros aren’t playing their best baseball yet and that’s probably the scariest part. Keuchel is quietly back in his best form.
4) Atlanta Braves – At this point the Braves are over achievers but they believe in themselves and they haven’t backed down from anyone. Most importantly Atlanta is winning the games they are supposed to win.
5) Los Angeles Angels – The Angels have two early MVP candidates but can the bullpen hold up. The Angels will need to make some moves if they hope to win the AL West.
6) Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers pushed the Rockies around on the road this past weekend and lead the very tight NL Central. Milwaukee will need to figure out how to beat the Cubs head to head.
7) Washington Nationals – Sweeping the Diamondbacks at Arizona was a big step forward as Max Scherzer once again looks like a Cy Young contender. Bryce Harper looks like a player in his contract year which is just scary for opposing pitchers.
8) Philadelphia Phillies – The Phillies bats at home are doing some damage but without a closer who can close, it’s going to be tough to beat the better teams.
9) Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks have hit the skids but thankfully for then no one else in the NL West is winning so they have plenty of time to regroup.
10) Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates are .500 on the road and that’s good enough if they can win 66 percent of their home games like they are now.
11) St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals were disappointing in San Diego but at least it has cleared up the pitching picture as they won’t be able to count on Wacha and Wainwright so they need to look outside of the roster.
12) Seattle Mariners – With so many good teams in the AL West the Mariners have been lost in the shuffle but they are a solid team this season. The Mariners have played 7 more road games than home games.
13) Chicago Cubs – The Cubs seems to be catching teams at just the right time and the bats are jumping all over opposing pitching early. With Rizzo’s bat coming around we’ll keep an eye on the Cubs this week.
14) Colorado Rockies – The Rockies are just 7-11 at home and while it keeps them within shouting distance in the NL West. The Good news is the Rockies are 15-8 on the road.
15) New York Mets – The Mets just aren’t scoring enough runs and like a lot of teams that are disappointing this year they are under .500 at home. The Mets are just 2-8 in their last 10 games.
16) Cleveland Indians – The Indians are my lowest ranked division leader and they are the only ones in the AL Central over .500. The bullpen struggled without Andrew Miller but with him back look for them to improve.
17) Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays have had some rough scheduling but that can mean blue skies ahead in that regard. Toronto has many serviceable starting pitchers but no true stars.
18) San Francisco Giants – The Giants are missing their top two starting pitchers, Bumgarner and Cueto, and they are just trying to stay within shouting distance until they are back at full force.
19) Oakland Athletics – Once again the A’s are scrappy and they can play with anyone on any given day. After a series at Yankee Stadium the A’s are just two games under .500 and 6 games behind the Astros.
20) Minnesota Twins – The Twins are one of the hottest teams in baseball and the team to watch right now. The difference between 2 games under and .500 for the Twins was an extra inning loss on Sunday.
21) Detroit Tigers – No one had much as far as expectations for the Tigers this season but they have still been tough to take down. The Tigers still might be sellers when the deals start so we aren’t counting on them just yet.
22) Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays strand a lot of runners and the bullpen is suspect on their best day. The Rays are scrappy but just don’t have the talent.
23) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers are the most disappointing team in baseball thus far and their pitching staff has folded. Don’t look for the Dodgers to bounce anytime soon.
24) San Diego Padres – The Padres still have the ability to beat some of the good teams but they need to keep games low scoring to do so. The Padres have played 27 home games so far, the problem is they have only won 10 of them.
25) Texas Rangers – The Rangers have a minus 61 run differential and the longest injury list in baseball this season. I’m not sure if we call this a rebuilding year in Texas or just a really bad year.
26) Miami Marlins – The Marlins can be giant killers on any given night but more often than not they have been on the business end of a beat down. No one expected much from the Marlins this year and so far we aren’t getting much.
27) Cincinnati Reds – The Reds went into Los Angeles and swept the Dodgers over the weekend and while it’s a statement about both teams, we saw some nice things out of the Reds including a nice outing for Homer Bailey. The Reds have some young players but not sure they have answers.
28) Kansas City Royals – The Royals bats have awakened but their pitching has been serving up big numbers allowing 233 runs so far. The Royals will be dealing more players when the time comes.
29) Baltimore Orioles – It’s tough to say that a team that has won just 13 games this season is improving but that’s the story for the Orioles. Baltimore is in a tough division but it’s hard to believe they are this bad.
30) Chicago White Sox – The White Sox closed out their series with the Cubs with a win at Wrigley on Sunday and that could be the highlight of the season. As a White Sox fan I’ll take it and can live with it.