MLB Power Rankings: Mitch's MLB Power Rankings As of 6/4/18
MLB Power Rankings for ALL 30 MLB Teams
As of June 4, 2018
1) New York Yankees – The Yankees have played 6 less games than the Red Sox but they have the better winning percentage and are on a 4-game winning streak before getting rained out on Sunday. I still see the Yankees making some moves before it’s all over this season.
2) Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox are clearly going to be a factor and David Price keeping them in reach on Saturday against the Astros and Verlander and getting the win was a big confidence boost. The Bottom half of the Red Sox rotation needs some help and Porcello looks nothing like he did in his Cy Young season.
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3) Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers are just a tough customer this season but must be at least looking over their shoulders at the Cubs who were down by double digits in the NL Central at the All Star Break last season and went on to win the division. The Brewers seem to have all of the answers right now.
4) Seattle Mariners – The closed out the week with 4 wins including a comeback on Sunday to sweep the Rays. The Mariners aren’t getting a lot of press but they are 15 games over .500 and lead arguably the toughest division from top to bottom.
5) Houston Astros – The Astros have a winning percentage over .600 but playing the top of the AL East is never good for the overall record. The Astros bullpen still looks a little unstable and with such a strong starting rotation look for the opponents to try and prolong at bats and get the pitch counts up so they can get a look at the relievers.
6) Chicago Cubs – The Cubs are the hottest team this week finishing it off by pounding the Mets all weekend. The Cubs have the second best run differential in MLB this season but it’s the defense that’s the bigger part of the story allowing the second least amount of runs in baseball.
7) Atlanta Braves – The Braves comeback win on Sunday gave them a drop of breathing room over the Nationals in the NL East but they continue to be a better road team than at home. The Braves are also opening up some breathing room over the rest of the division but this race might not be settled until late in the season.
8) Washington Nationals – The Nationals are 8 games over .500 but they still seem like they are under achieving since they trail the Braves in the standings. The Nationals still seem to be lacking in the bullpen and that came to light in Sunday’s loss that cost them the lead in the NL East.
9) St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals fell to third place in the NL Central standings this week but they trail the division leading Brewers by just 3 games in the loss column. The Cardinals are getting it done the Cardinals way which is manufacturing runs and getting the most out of their pitching staff.
10) Philadelphia Phillies – It was a rough week for the Phillies as they dropped in the rankings once again playing poorly on the road. The Phillies have lost their last 3 games but they are still just an arm’s length out of the lead in the NL Central.
11) Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks bounce off of the floor after the miserable run they had and have started to move back up the rankings as well as leading the NL West again, of course a home series with the Marlins will always help. Regardless of what it took, the Diamondbacks are confident again, at least this week.
12) Cleveland Indians – The Indians finished with a winning record for the week but it was a disappointing series against the Twins to say the least. The first 3 batters in the Indians lineup are as good as anyone’s in baseball but the bullpen is where the issue is now.
13) Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout seems to be getting even better which has to be scary for opposing pitching. Unfortunately for the Angels their bullpen seems to only be getting worse.
14) Colorado Rockies – Coors Field started to look like Coors field again this week with balls flying all over the place, pitchers getting lit up, and the scoreboard churning like a gas pump. The Rockies continue to be one of the best road teams but their starting pitching isn’t good enough to win at home.
15) Oakland Athletics – The A’s continue to be the most under estimated team in baseball this season but they don’t lay down for anyone. Expect the A’s to continue to be a factor as they always seem to have all of the right answers.
16) Pittsburgh Pirates – When the Pirates were an up and coming team a few years back they would play strong the first half of the season and then fold and they are looking to be following that same path. The Pirates don’t look ready to win consistently or contend.
17) San Francisco Giants – The Giants looked dead in the water early in the week and then they get back home and have won their four games to continue to stay in the mix. The Giants seem to be doing the things winning teams do which is get their hits all in the same inning, close out games when they have a late lead, and stay close to the leaders even when they aren’t at full strength.
18) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers continue to win games but they are still sitting below .500 for the season. With Kershaw back in the rotation and the rest of AL West not exactly setting the world on fire the Dodgers are in the mix despite being in 4thplace.
19) Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays blowing of the lead and losing the game in Seattle on Sunday is the difference between Tampa Bay being .500 and the 2 games under they are. The Rays should be able to get plenty in return if they decide to deal players to contenders.
20) Detroit Tigers – The Tigers continue to play improving baseball and even if they don’t win a lot of games they are going to be fun to watch. Over the short the term the Tigers have the Indians well within their sights but are going to have to take it up a notch to catch them.
21) New York Mets – The Mets bullpen has become a disaster and not just the closers, the entire pen. The Mets starters have fought the good fight to keep games close late but they don’t cash in on many chances.
22) Minnesota Twins – The Twins stopped the bleeding and have been able to get things moving in the right direction as the bats have come to life. The Twins sent the Indians a message over the weekend and the NL Central race is wide open at this point. The Twins have only played 54 games this season, tied with the Yankees for the fewest in baseball.
23) Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays ended the week with a win in Detroit but other than that they seem to be headed in the wrong direction. The Blue Jays are already 14 games back in the AL East and have some big guns to track down of they want to get back in the race.
24) San Diego Padres – The Padres were grasping at straws when it came to starting pitching this week but they are still within shouting distance of the leaders in the NL West. The Padres offense isn’t horrible but when it comes to runs allowed they are one of the worst in baseball.
25) Texas Rangers – The Rangers have no quit in them and if Cole Hamels continues to have strong productive outings he might bring some nice value on the trade market. The Rangers lineup continues to live on the DL and it’s tough to win that way.
26) Kansas City Royals – For what it’s worth the Royals are the second best last place team in baseball meaning they can win some wild games but can’t be counted on for much. The Royals are hitting the ball but their pitching staff has allowed more runs than any team in baseball.
27) Cincinnati Reds – The Reds are fun to watch but it’s feast or famine when it comes to wins and losses. The Reds can lose games in the first inning and have the punch to steal some games late that they look like they are out of.
28) Miami Marlins – The Marlins are getting worse and could end up the worst team in baseball this season when it’s all over. The Marlins traded away most of the talent they had so it will be interesting to watch how many years it takes for the youth to move up the system.
29) Chicago White Sox – The White Sox can look like a respectable team on any given day but they seem to blow more games with poor fundamental defense that almost any team I can remember. There is no such thing as a routine fly ball or and easy throw when it comes to the White Sox.
30) Baltimore Orioles – The good news for the Orioles is they didn’t lose on Sunday, of course their game with the Yankees was rained out so they didn’t win either. The Orioles are getting beat up on a regular basis and this isn’t something this proud franchise is used to.