MLB Power Rankings for the Week Starting May 14, 2018 (after Week 7)
Sports Chat Place's MLB Power Rankings for Week 8 of the 2018 MLB Season
Week 8 of the MLB Season Starting 5/14/18
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There’s a quarter of the 2018 MLB season in the books and while that’s nothing compared to the grand scheme of things, we’re seeing teams start to separate themselves. We’re also see some supposed to be contenders look like they had us all fooled.
Here are this weeks MLB power rankings.
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1. Houston Astros - The Houston Astros are putting together another winning streak and are doing it with a pitching staff that has a 2.49 ERA in the month of May. Pitching like that to support their offense, the Astros are unbeatable.
2. New York Yankees - The New York Yankees have lost just three games since April 21 and Giancarlo Stanton is starting to heat up with 10 hits in his last nine games. The Yankees are so scary and so much fun to watch.
3. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox have scored four or more runs in 13 of their last 15 games and have hit 21 homers already this month. These aren’t the same Red Sox you saw last season, when scoring runs was like pulling teeth.
4. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians are just one game above a .500 record, but those struggles won’t continue much longer. The Indians are still the class of the AL Central and are too balanced of a team to continue being hit or miss. Don’t give up on the Indians.
5. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs have played some of their best baseball over the last week, which includes scoring six or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Cubs are an impressive 15-3 this season when scoring more than three runs.
6. Washington Nationals - Right when you were ready to question the Washington Nationals, they catch fire in the month of May and aren’t giving up anything pitching wise. The Nats in this current form can finally end the Washington sports curse.
7. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks have been in a bit of a slump, but they’re still tied with the Braves for the best record in the NL and that’s with an offense that doesn’t hit very well. If the Diamondbacks can find consistent offense, they’re a handful to deal with.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers are free falling and burning money for anybody trying to bet them. But these power rankings are how I view teams for the long haul. You’re a fool to write the Dodgers off in mid-May.
9. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals have the third best ERA in baseball and are 21-8 this season when allowing five or less runs. You can still get the Cardinals at +1800 or higher to win the world series.
10. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels are 8-4 in the month of May and now have a chance to prove themselves against the Astros in an upcoming series. Shohei Ohtani looks like he’s a lock to win rookie of the year, eh?
11. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners suffer a massive blow with the injury to Robinson Cano, but this is still a deep offense that has three other players with 40-plus hits. The Mariners also play just four road games between now and June 5, so there’s still hope.
12. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers are quietly one of the hotter teams in the NL with an offense that’s hitting .261 in the month of May. The Brewers are 14-1 in their last 15 games when scoring more than one run.
13. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves are starting to get my attention here as we get deeper into the season, as this young team is tearing the cover off the baseball. I’m still waiting for a potential drop off at some point, but the Braves certainly have my eye more than they did a few weeks ago.
14. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t playing as well as they did earlier in the year, but they’re still a game above a .500 record and get instant offense with all those homers they hit. The Blue Jays will remain a wild card threat until the very end.
15. Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies are 7-4 in the month of May and seems to be the next team in Philly that will surpass expectations. The Phillies have an ERA of 2.65 this month.
16. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins are finding ways to win games despite all of their injuries and have 41 extra base hits in the month of May. Wait until Miguel Sano and others return to the lineup.
17. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates get hot, go ice cold and get hot again. Either way, the Pirates are fairly good for a team that’s supposed to rebuilding and gets little support from its fanbase.
18. Colorado Rockies - We’re going to learn a lot about the Colorado Rockies in this upcoming nine-game road trip. Personally, I’m on the fence with these guys and don’t trust them.
19. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics road struggles from last season continue. If the A’s can find ways to win outside of their massive stadium, they’ll be a wild card contender. If not, this team will be buried by July.
20. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants have lost six of their last seven games and all the injuries to their pitching staff are catching up to them. Johnny Cueto and Madison Bumgarner can’t return quick enough.
21. New York Mets - The New York Mets were expected to be a surprise team in the NL this season. The Mets have quickly turned into last years Mets, hitting just .210 with 92 strikeouts in the month of May.
22. Tampa Bay Rays - It wasn’t that long ago when the Tampa Bay Rays were hanging around a .500 record. Now, the wheels are falling off and former Ray Evan Longoria says maybe the team should move out of its current location.
23. Texas Rangers - If the Texas Rangers bats aren’t going to wake up, this team has zero hope, as that pitching staff that has an ERA of almost five isn’t going to save them.
24. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds just took four straight from the Dodgers and have won six straight games overall. Who knows how long it will continue, but the Reds pitching staff has been dealing recently.
25. Baltimore Orioles - The Baltimore Orioles have given up double-digit runs in seven of their 41 games this season. That’s 17 percent of their games. That’s, uh, not good.
26. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres continue to find ways to lose and have to be one of the most frustrating teams to watch. The Padres pitch well enough to win most nights, but they’re hitting just .213 in the month of May.
27. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers are playing better than expected baseball, as they’re only five games below a .500 record. Unfortunately, that schedule picks up soon and the Tigers return back to reality.
28. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals have an ERA of 5.55 this month and have allowed no less than five runs in 10 of their last 13 games. You can’t win in this league when giving up crooked numbers nightly.
29. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins are back to looking like the Miami Marlins, as 14-26 is exactly where this team was last year when they had all those big name players they traded away.
30. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox have won just two games since April 28 and have allowed five or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The White Sox have an ERA over six this month with 19 homers allowed. Yikes.