MLB Power Rankings: Mitch's MLB Power Rankings As of 6/18/18
Power Ranking for all 30 MLB Teams
For the Week of June 18, 2018
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1) New York Yankees – It seemed almost like a boring week for the Yankees as they closed out the week with a loss to the Rays. The Yankees still have the best record in baseball but the margin is shrinking.
2) Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox split their series in Seattle without Chris Sale making a start as they now sit just percentage points behind the Yankees in the standings and rankings. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games but that means they lost ground on the chasers.
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3) Houston Astros – The Astros have won 11 games in a row and are one win away from tying a franchise record. What makes the Astros streak more impressive is that 10 of the wins happened on the road and they now have a plus 157 run differential.
4) Seattle Mariners – The Mariners are 7-3 in their last 10 games and while winning 7 percent of the time is good enough, it isn’t for them as the Astros have moved past them in the standings. What makes the Mariners performance so far even more impressive is they are doing it without Robinson Cano who is still serving his suspension.
5) Chicago Cubs – We have 3 teams that are very tight for this spot but for the week I will give the nod to the Cubs who have the bats cooking. The Cubs are getting top notch performances from their pitchers and are clearly playing at the top of their game.
6) Atlanta Braves – The Braves are starting to be recognized as real contenders which makes the Manny Machado rumors even more credible. The Braves strong play this last week, finally playing some softer teams, has allowed them to create some space between them and their chasers in the NL East.
7) Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers ended the week with two losses and they paid the price in the standings. The Brewers are far from finished but they are going to need some pitching help if they hope to make a long term run at it.
8) Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks ended the week with two losses but they look much more like a team ready for the post season than the team that was free falling a month ago. The Dodgers are on their heels and it will be interesting to see how the D-Backs hold up under the pressure.
9) Washington Nationals – The Nationals were big droppers in the rankings this week as their road trip to Toronto was a disaster featuring 3 consecutive losses including a wasted outing by Max Scherzer. The Nationals have failed to really get it in gear this season and Bryce Harper just isn’t hitting like a guy in his free agent year.
10) Philadelphia Phillies – The Phillies are 5-5 in their last 10 games but closed out the week with 2 wins in Milwaukee in what could be a post season preview, maybe even of the Wildcard Game. The Phillies look like they could be in the race for the long haul but with their current bullpen they can’t beat the better teams.
11) St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals haven’t lost sight of the leaders in the NL Central but if they continue to play like they have they will be out of it before long. The Cardinals have a winning record at both home and on the road but that alone isn’t enough in the top-heavy NL Central.
12) Cleveland Indians – The Indians didn’t do themselves any favors getting hit hard by the Twins most of the weekend but they closed the week at 4 games over .500 and 2.5 games ahead of the Tigers. The Indians pitching staff still doesn’t look like the same staff we have come accustomed to seeing.
13) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers are 7-3 in their last and are 4 games over .500 but still trail Arizona in the NL West standings. The Dodgers are only getting better and they seem to have an endless supply of young arms.
14) Los Angeles Angels – The Angels took a horrific loss on Sunday in Oakland to make it back-to-back losses to close out that series. The Angels are 4 games over .500 but in the AL West that is nearly double-digit games back in the standings.
15) Oakland Athletics – The A’s are at .500 and while they are competitive and fun to watch they can’t compete in the AL West. This is a typical A’s team with plenty of clutch hitting and surprising pitching but the division has two of the top 4 teams in baseball.
16) Detroit Tigers – The Tigers have won 5 games in a row but that put them a game under .500 for the season. At just 2.5 games behind the Indians in the standings, the Tigers summer might be more fun than was anticipated.
17) Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates are a game under .500 and are looking a lot like the team we expected to see in Pittsburgh this year. The Pirates still have a winning record at home and aren’t done yet but they can’t afford too many more slip ups.
18) San Francisco Giants – The Giants are 8 games over .500 at home and 10 games under .500 o the road but their current issue is they have played 12 more road games than home games so they sit 2 games under .500 overall. Madison Bumgarner still doesn’t look like his old self but if he can get it together the Giants still have time for a run.
19) Colorado Rockies – The Rockies took a bad loss on Sunday as the bullpen blew several leads even after the bats bailed them out. With the Dodgers and Diamondbacks picking up the pace the Rockies need to step it up or their season will be over quick.
20) Tampa Bay Rays – Playing in the AL East it means the season is likely over already for the Rays when it comes to competing for a spot in the post season. The Rays have some talent to deal and they should be on the right side of some lopsided trades as the contenders try to step up their roster.
21) Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays threw the Nationals a beating over the weekend playing their best baseball since the start of the season. The Blue Jays are 15 games out in the AL East so they are looking at a long season.
22) New York Mets – The Mets strung together two wins in Arizona over the weekend and it was the strongest we have seen them play in weeks. The Mets have a lot of work to do to get back in the race but I’m still not sure they can do much with the pitching staff they have.
23) San Diego Padres – The Padres were one of the biggest movers this week up the rankings as they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Padres aren’t out of the race in the NL West and they aren’t contenders either, they just seem to be one best of the worst teams.
24) Minnesota Twins – The Twins are 6-4 in their last 10 games and they are .500 at home this season. Unfortunately the Twins are 11-17 on the road and 5.5 games behind the streaking Indians.
25) Texas Rangers – The Rangers won their last 2 games in their series against the Rockies but that hasn’t been a common occurrence. The Rangers don’t have very good pitching and while they can put runs on the board, it would take double digits every night and that’s just not realistic.
26) Miami Marlins – The Marlins winning streak ended at 6 with a loss in Baltimore on Sunday but as many expected them to be the worst team in baseball they are exceeding those expectations. Miami is once again building for the future, we just know that future isn’t now.
27) Cincinnati Reds – The Reds are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have a slew of young players who can hit the baseball. The Reds pitching staff just isn’t good enough and it’s going to be a struggle most of the season.
28) Chicago White Sox – The White Sox continue to pull upsets and then blow games they appear to have won. The White Sox defense is horrible and that doesn’t help when the pitching is on the mediocre side.
29) Kansas City Royals – If things weren’t bad enough for the Royals they had to play a streaking Astros team over the weekend and didn’t come close to getting a win. The Royals still have some players they can move and are hoping they can step up their individual game to improve their market value.
30) Baltimore Orioles – The avoided being swept at home by the Marlins by wining on Sunday but things are bottoming out. I have been watching baseball for a long time and I can’t remember the Orioles being this bad.