MLB Power Rankings: Mitch's MLB Power Rankings As of June 25, 2018
Power Rankings for all 32 MLB Teams for the Week
The Week Starting June 25, 2018
1) New York Yankees – The Yankees ended the week dropping 3 in a row at Tampa Bay and its just percentage points separating the top three this week. The Yankees travel to Philadelphia to start the week, not a great place to go to try and stop the bleeding.
2) Houston Astros – The Astros continued to roll this week as they look ready to defend their World Series title. The Astros have a +169 run differential which is 57 runs better than second best.
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3) Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox are just 5-5 in their last 10 games and won a few of those despite giving up big runs. The Red Sox pitching is going to have to get better if they want to win the AL East.
4) Seattle Mariners – The Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 games but all of those games were against the Yankees and Red Sox and 7 of them were on the road. I don’t love the way the Mariners played against the top teams but they have time to get it right.
5) Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers ended the week with two losses for the second week in a row but they are back in the lead in the NL Central. Milwaukee has some improving to do and it seems a certainty they will be making a deal soon.
6) Atlanta Braves – The had a quiet week and while it seems they are flying under the radar, they are easily the most consistent team in the NL East. The Braves have a solid pitching staff and that has been the recipe for success for this franchise.
7) Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks ended the week with four wins in a row and they are one of the hotter teams in MLB. The Diamondbacks have been a team of extremes this season and they can only hope most of those will be on the upside.
8) Cleveland Indians – The Indians have won 7 games in a row and are now 10 games over .500 and are starting to put away the AL Central. The Indians are only getting better and that’s a scary though for the rest of the league.
9) Chicago Cubs – The Cubs were swept in Cincinnati by the Reds in a 4-game series and that doesn’t bode well as they head out West opening the week against the Dodgers. The Cubs appeared to have things going in the right direction but clearly they have hit a rough patch.
10) Philadelphia Phillies – We are going to find out a lot about the Phillies as they host the Yankees to start the week. I was almost ready to write off the Phils but they played well in Washington and have been tough as nails at home.
11) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers won their last 3 games at Citi Field against the Mets to close out the week as they continue to try and make up ground in the NL West. Kershaw still hasn’t shown his best stuff and the rest of the team has picked it up for him.
12) Washington Nationals – The Nationals are 3-7 in their last 10 games as Bryce Harper is hitting less than .225. The Nationals are more than just Harper but the team just seems deflated by his missing offense.
13) St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals continue to hang around, play well when it’s not expected and dropping what look to be winnable matchups. The Cardinals are looking to stay I the race in the NL Central and wait to put it together to make a move.
14) Los Angeles Angels – The Angels seem to have forgot how to hit the baseball and are now double-digits behind the Astros in the standings. The Angels aren’t a bad team but at this point a Wild Card might be a best-case scenario.
15) Oakland Athletics – The A’s are 2 games over .500 and continue to play tough baseball. Unfortunately for Oakland scrappy baseball may not be good enough in the AL West this season.
16) San Francisco Giants – The Giants have Bumgarner back and he is finally showing his old form and that’s a good sign for them as he should be able to win on the road. The Giants have been home for a week and that’s always good for their record.
17) Colorado Rockies – The Rockies are disappointing so far as their 7-games under .500 at home record continue to haunt them. The Rockies have played 4 more road games than home games, just another stat that doesn’t work in their favor.
18) Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays may not contend for the post season but it’s tough to downplay the amount of fun this team seems to be having. Snell has emerged as a star on the mound.
19) Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue are .500 at home this season but 5 games under .500 on the road. The Blue Jays might not contend this season but they have a good chance to play spoiler.
20) Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates have lost 5 games in a row and they are looking like the team most expected them to be. The Pirates still have plenty of talent on the roster but most of the players have to feel they may not be in a Pittsburgh uniform much longer.
21) Detroit Tigers – The went from 2.5 games back in the AL Central to 7.5 games back all in one week with their 5-game losing streak and the Indians 7-games winning streak. The Tigers look like the also-ran we expected them to be.
22) Minnesota Twins – The expectations for the Twins may have gotten ahead of themselves this season as they look more like a team that is building than a team ready to contend. Berrios looks to be the pitcher many thought he would be as he moved up the Twins farm system.
23) San Diego Padres – Just when I thought the Padres were ready to compete every game, they lose 8 of 10 games. The Padres are going to win some games but just not nearly enough of them.
24) 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.
25) 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.
26) 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.
27) Texas Rangers – It’s tough to call a team 10 games under .500, 18 games back in their division, and who were shut out on Sunday striking out 12 times any kind of hot but the Rangers are just that. With big bats and a no quit attitude the Rangers are a fun team to watch.
28) Cincinnati Reds – Ask 100 baseball fans to name the two teams in MLB that are on 7-game winning streaks and you will find few who will name the Reds. The Reds are a young team and are experiencing the up part of ups and downs.
29) New York Mets – The Mets have lost 6 games in a row and it’s tough to figure out how a team with that payroll can be this bad. I thought the Mets had too many strikeout guys in the lineup and it appears to be causing problems.
30) 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.
31) Chicago White Sox – The White Sox fielding is so bad that if they can even come close to fixing it they can have a quick turnaround. The White Sox have committed 57 errors and most have cost them the game.
32) Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles are 20-games under .500 and have a winning percentage barely above .300. The Orioles should be selling soon as they have no choice but to play for another time.
Kansas City Royals – The Royals are 1-9 in their last 10 games and are a struggle every time they take the field. While the Royals may not finish last in our Power Rankings when all is said and done, they are there comfortable for now.