MLB Power Rankings: Mitch's MLB Power Rankings As of 5/28/18
Power Ranking for ALL MLB Teams For This Week
For the Week of 5/28/18
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1) Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox take over the top spot this week but it was a bumpy ride after Pomeranz was roughed up on Saturday and Sale was blasted and took the loss Sunday.
2) New York Yankees – The Yankees open this week with a series hosting the Astros and there are already rumors of a trade for a starting pitcher. The Yankees have a lineup that can bail out any pitcher.
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3) Houston Astros – The Astros closed out the week with a horrible loss in Cleveland blowing a 5-run lead in the 9thinning. The Astros can only hope the bullpen collapse was just a blip on the radar.
4) Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers continue to be one of the hotter teams in baseball and they are swinging the bats. It’s going to be a wild summer a Miller Park when the roof is open.
5) Seattle Mariners – The Mariners are now 8-2 in their last 10 games and have won their last 3, how much longer will this fly under the radar? James Paxton is looking like an early Cy Young Award candidate.
6) Atlanta Braves – After a road trip to Boston the Braves still hold the lead in the NL East but it is just ½ of a game. The Braves are young and fearless and are building the foundation of a team that could be around for many years.
7) Philadelphia Phillies – The Phillies are just behind the Braves in the NL East standings and it was a combo of their loss and Atlanta’s win on Sunday that is the difference maker. The Phillies are ahead of schedule but still might be a player or 2 short.
8) Washington Nationals – The Nationals finally stopped getting wet and started winning games. The Nationals have won 3 games in a row and they are just a game back in the standings even though they are in 3rdplace in the National League East standings.
9) St. Louis Cardinals – The good news for the Cardinals is they have moved into second place in the NL Central but the bad news is they trail the Brewers by 4 games. The Cardinals visit Milwaukee to start the week so there could be a big swing either way.
10) Los Angeles Angels – The seem to draw a tough and hot opponent every time out but they continue to stay in the mix. The Angels have a history of dealing early and expect that to be the case soon.
11) Chicago Cubs – The Cubs continue to feast on the also rans but it hasn’t been good enough as they are 4.5 games back in the NL Central standings. With Darvish possibly headed back to the DL the Cubs could be in the market for a pitcher and they have plenty to work with on the trade market.
12) Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates took a big drop this week as they seem to be a streaky team week to week. With the NL Central looking super competitive this season the Pirates can’t afford too many bad streaks.
13) Colorado Rockies – The Rockies have taken the lead in the NL West despite going just 5-5 in their last 10 games and being 3 games under .500 at home. The National League West is looking like one of the weaker divisions so any improvement by the Rockies could go a long way.
14) Oakland Athletics – The A’s seem to only be getting better and they have now gone 7-3 in their last 10 games. At 3 games over .500 the A’s are still very much in the mix for the post season.
15) Cleveland Indians – The Indians continue to be the worst of the division leaders in baseball this year and the bullpen has fallen apart at the seams. It took a 5-run comeback n Sunday in the 9thinning to keep the Indians over .500 for the season.
16) New York Mets – The Mets lack of depth in starting pitching has come into focus especially against the better teams. If deGrom and Sydergaard don’t win every time out it puts pressure on the whole team.
17) Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks have finally lost the lead in the NL West and are 1-9 in their last 10 games and can’t wait for May to over. Look for some kind of major shakeup in Arizona to try and rekindle the fire.
18) Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays continue to play well enough to teeter around .500 and stay within striking distance of the Wildcard. The Rays dealt for young pitching early in the week and it remains to be seen how that affects their approach and rotation.
19) San Francisco Giants – The Giants are 3 games under .500 but just 3 games back in the NL West as they continue to try and stay close until they can get healthy. The Giants visit the Rockies to start the week so this is a big week for them.
20) Toronto Blue Jays – It was a rough week for the Blue Jays as they are looking like less of a factor each time out. The Blue Jays visit the Red Sox this week and solid effort could right the ship in a hurry.
21) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 games but are still 4 games below .500 and in 4thplace in the NL West. Even when the Dodgers get Kershaw back they still might need pitching help.
22) Detroit Tigers – The Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10 games but that’s good enough to put them 3.5 games back and in second place in the AL Central despite being 6 games under .500. No one expected the Tigers to be contenders this year so this is all a bonus to their fans.
23) Minnesota Twins – The Twins appear to be moving in the wrong direction and are now behind the Tigers in the standings after losing 3 in a row to the Mariners. The Twins are still just 3.5 games behind the Indians so they are far from out of it.
24) San Diego Padres – The Padres are 6.5 games back in the AL Wet despite being in last place. At 5-5 in their last 10 games the Padres have kept pace with the leaders in the West.
25) Texas Rangers – The Rangers are fun to watch because they can hit and never quit. Look for the Rangers to be sellers when it comes to trading despite most of their stars being on the DL.
26) Miami Marlins – The Marlins are just not a good team this season and playing in front of a fairly new empty stadium doesn’t help them much. Marlins fans can only hope Derek Jeter has a process in mind.
27) Cincinnati Reds – The Reds are 9-19 at home, so much for home field advantage. The Reds seem to draw a tough opponent every time out but they often make things tough on themselves.
28) Kansas City Royals – The Royals are 5-5 in their last 10 games and that’s a pretty solid improvement over the rest of their season. They are still only single digits out of first place despite a .340 winning percentage.
29) Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles are giving up runs in bunches with a minus 79 run differential no lead is safe. If Buck Showalter survives the season he will be a miracle worker.
30) Chicago White Sox – The White Sox seem to be playing better baseball and a lot of it has to do with their defense not being as sloppy. While they are improving the White Sox also have the worst record in baseball and have their fans looking at top prospects in the upcoming draft.