MLB Power Rankings for the Week Starting May 21, 2018 (after Week 8)
Sports Chat Place's MLB Power Rankings for Week 9 of the 2018 MLB Season
Week 9 of the MLB Season Starting 5/21/18
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Another week in the books for the 2018 MLB season, and while the top of the standings continue to win, we’re starting to see some of the middle of the pack either make a run or fall apart. We know who the top dawgs are, it’s the fringe contenders who you want to keep an eye on as we gear up for the summer months.
Here are this weeks MLB power rankings.
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1. Houston Astros - The Houston Astros remain the most balanced team in baseball, as they have an offense that puts up crooked numbers and a pitching staff that’s allowed three or less runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Astros look like a team that can make it back-to-back world series titles.
2. New York Yankees - The New York Yankees offense has picked up recently and there’s now four players with double-digit homers. When the Yankees have won 25 of their last 30 games when scoring more than three runs.
3. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox couldn’t score consistently at all last season. In the month of May, the Red Sox are hitting .262 with 33 homers. The Red Sox have instantly become one of the more fun teams in the league to watch.
4. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs have won nine of their last 13 games and have allowed just seven runs in their last 36 innings. After a sluggish start to the season, the Cubs have found their mojo again.
5. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians aren’t a top-five team in baseball currently, but they’re head and shoulders the favorite to win their division and that alone makes them a world series threat over other teams with a better record. Also, a run is coming sooner or later for the Indians.
6. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals are looking more like the Washington Nationals, posting a 2.60 ERA with 168 strikeouts in the month of May. The question remains, however, will this continue in September and beyond?
7. Arizona Diamondbacks - The lack of offense has caught up to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they’re still the favorites to win the NL West, and their pitching is good enough to keep them in most games.
8. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers are quietly one of the hotter teams in baseball and are hitting nearly .270 in the month of May. I said over a month ago to put a future bet on the Brewers. Hopefully you listened.
9. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t had great results the last couple of weeks, but the offense will pickup sooner or later, particularly Marcell Ozuna, who is too good of a hitter to be struggling the way he has.
10. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers are starting to get some guys back and have all of a sudden stumped upon some victories. There’s a long way to go for the Dodgers to climb out of this hole, but don’t burn your future tickets just yet.
11. Atlanta Braves - Week by week, these Atlanta Braves are impressing me more and more. I want to see how these young Braves perform in Fenway in a few days. That will convince me something could happen as soon as this season.
12. Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the hottest teams in baseball the last couple of weeks and are getting it done with a pitching staff that has a 3.06 ERA and is averaging a strikeout per inning in the month of May. The year of Philadelphia continues.
13. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners haven’t missed a beat with the Robinson Cano suspension and seem to be thriving through adversity. Who knows how long it will last, but the M’s are a feisty bunch who will be in the thick of things until the end.
14. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies continue to be hit or miss offensively, but they’re clawing out victories recently and holding their position in the NL West. If the offense picks up, the Rockies have a good chance at an NL West crown.
15. Los Angeles Angels - If only the Los Angeles Angels could play all of their games on the road. The Angels are in a nasty slump right now where the offense can’t do much of anything. I’m not giving up on the Angels, but this has been a bizarre start to the season.
16. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the story of the season so far, as this is supposed to be a rebuilding team. Josh Harrison also just returned from a broken hand. The Pirates aren’t supposed to be this good after trading away their top-two players.
17. New York Mets - The New York Mets had a really strong week with wins in five of their last seven games and will begin a three-game series against the Marlins. Things would be even better for the Mets if the offense could produce on a nightly basis.
18. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics played the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays in a lengthy road trip and finished 7-3. My baby A’s are growing up rather quickly and keeping my +700 ticket for them to make the playoffs alive.
19. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins need to get healthy and find some pitching. Until they do either of those two things, it’s hard to take this club seriously as a wild card contender.
20. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants play hard and have an offense that can consistently produce. Unfortunately, the Giants can’t sustain success until Cueto and Bumgarner get healthy.
21. Toronto Blue Jays - Right when I give the Toronto Blue Jays some love, they lose nine of their last 12 games and the pitching falls apart. So, maybe putting them back near the bottom will inspire them to get back in the win column. You’re welcome, Canada.
22. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays have caught fire on the road and the offense is tearing the cover off the ball recently. The problem is there’s not enough talent and the division is way too tough for this type f run to continue for much longer.
23. Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers are hitting just .222 with 185 strikeouts in the month of May. Just brutal, brutal baseball and there’s no signs of things getting better with the schedule throughout the month of May.
24. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres are coming off their most productive week of the season and are showing what it looks like to play nine competitive innings. We’ll see if it continues on the road against the Nationals and Dodgers.
25. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers continue to be better than expected and are scratching out wins here and there. However, consistent success is impossible when all but one of your starting pitchers has an ERA of four or higher.
26. Baltimore Orioles - It’s the weekly reminder that Manny Machado needs to be free.
27. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins are currently 17-29 on the season, the exact record this franchise had on May 26 a year ago. Re2pect the process.
28. Cincinnati Reds - Since sweeping the Dodgers, the Cincinnati Reds have been outscored 23-46 in seven games. Goodness.
29. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals are proof that the circle of life is also a thing in sports. One year you’re on top, the next you’re getting thumped night in and night out, begging for the season to be over in late May.
30. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox managed to steal a few wins this week, but this season is beyond unfixable at this point, especially when the pitching staff has an ERA over five with a WHIP of 1.53. Every offense looks like the Yankees against the White Sox.