MLB Power Rankings: Mitch's MLB Power Rankings As of 7/9/18
Power Ranking for all MLB Teams
As of July 9, 2018
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1) Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox have won 6 games in a row and while it was against light competition, we can file it under games they won that they should have won which is more than half of the battle over a 162 games season. The bulk of the Red Sox starting rotation has pitched over their heads and have gotten some big time run suppot.
2) Houston Astros – The Astros have won 6 games in a row and are looking like a team that wants to repeat as World Series Champions. The Astros have the pitching and the hitting and they are going to be very tough to beat.
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3) New York Yankees – Sometimes the Yankees look invincible, sometimes they look like a young and inexperienced but very talented team. The Yankees have played well but they are still going to have to find another gear as the American League is just really tough.
4) Seattle Mariners – The Mariners are 3.5 games behind the Astros but 6.5 games clear of the A’s for the second Wild Card spot in the AL. Seattle isn’t getting a ton of resect from the odds makers and sports books so they have been a great play on a regular basis as the Kings of the one-run game.
5) Milwaukee Brewers – Just when it looked like the Brewers were ready to fade they have regrouped winning 7 of their last 10 games including taking an impressive series over the Braves this past weekend. Look for the Brewers to do what it takes to hold the lead in the Central at the All-Star Break.
6) Chicago Cubs – The Cubs don’t always make it easy on themselves but for the time being they seem to be getting it done more often than not. The Cubs were much further back last year at the All-Star Break and won the NL Central going away.
7) Philadelphia Phillies – The Phillies have run hot and cold this season but they are 8-2 in their last 10 games and hold the lead in the hotly contested NL East. The bullpen did their job this week for the Phillies, it’s just a matter of if they can do it the rest of the second half of the season.
8) Atlanta Braves – The Braves are just percentage points behind the Phillies in the NL East as the team are in a virtual tie. Some of the Braves young arms are starting to look tired so a few days off might be a big help for them.
9) Cleveland Indians – The Indians were a .500 team a few weeks ago and even after dropping 2 over the weekend they are 10 games over .500 and have a double-digit lead in the AL Central. The Indians will have time to improve before the post season with little to worry about as far as making it to the playoffs.
10) Oakland Athletics – The A’s are 10 games over .500 but they have a ton of work to do if they want to even think they have a shot at the playoffs. The A’s have time and a lot of heart but just not sure that is going to be enough to catch one of the playoff contenders in front of them.
11) Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks are a team of extremes either winning or losing streaks and right now it has been enough losing to make the NL West the tightest division in baseball. I would be surprised f the Diamondbacks make the post-season when all is said and done.
12) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers continue to win games but they can’t get to the lead in the NL West and they can’t put away any of the other teams in the division. It has been a series of pitchers taking the hill for the Dodgers and the lack of consistency is a big part of the issues they are having.
13) St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals can’t seem to close the gap on the leasers in the NL Central as they haven’t got consistency from their starting pitching and if anything, they have underperformed. The Cardinals need to make a move for some help and it needs to happen sooner rather than later.
14) Colorado Rockies – The Rockies are now just 4 games under .500 at home as they close that gap but their road play has tailed off. The Rockies are still in the thick of it in the NL West, a division that is going to be decided late.
15) San Francisco Giants – The Giants continue to be strong at home and with the lead in the NL Central within reach and Bumgarner and Cueto back look for them to be a factor. There hasn’t been more of a clutch team over the last 10 years and expect the Giants to be there down the stretch.
16) Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays have been tough and with Snell getting the All-Star snub expect them to play with even more purpose. The Rays have always done more with less and while it’s likely to not be enough, they are still no pushover.
17) Washington Nationals – The Nationals are the biggest disappointments of the first half of the season and Bryce Harper is the most disappointing player. Expect the Nationals to get it together but we can’t treat them like they are the team many expected them to be
18) Los Angeles Angels – The Angels never made a move to try and beef up the pitching staff and the end result is their season is likely over already. I am not sure the Angels will be sellers as they just don’t have a ton to unload.
19) Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays had higher expectations of themselves than what we have seen on the field but essentially their season is already over. We’ll see some ups and downs in Toronto but don’t be shocked to see the youth movement.
20) Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates 12.5 games back in the NL Central and they are 7 games under .500 as they just don’t have the roster to compete on a day to day basis. Expect to see plenty of ups and downs for the Pirates the rest of the season.
21) Minnesota Twins – The Twins are 9.5 games back in the AL Central and while they aren’t completely done, they are in a deep hole. The Twins are 13 games under .500 on the road and that has been their undoing.
22) Texas Rangers – The Rangers are a fun team to watch this season but they aren’t good enough to be counted on. Look for the Rangers to continue to experience plenty of highs and lows and for some players to be on the move.
23) Detroit Tigers – The Tigers were in the thick of things just a few weeks ago but now they are so far back it would be a stretch for them to be competitive. Rumors are the Tigers are going to move Fulmer.
24) Cincinnati Reds – The Reds are one of the best of the lower echelon teams in baseball as we can see their longer-term plan taking shape. The Reds bullpen is outstanding and this team doesn’t quit.
25) San Diego Padres – The Padres just don’t seem to quit but at the same time they seem to be over matched in every game. After acquiring Hosmer in the off season it’s unlikely the Padres make too many moves.
26) New York Mets – The Mets are just a terrible team and it doesn’t appear to be getting better. The Mets pitching staff was seen as the best in baseball just a few years ago and now they are just a shell of that.
27) Miami Marlins – The Marlins have gone to the youth movement and we can see some stars on the roster, at least in the making. The problem the Marlins have is they may be more than a year away so it is going to be a tough process.
28) Chicago White Sox – The White Sox defense could be the worst I have ever seen from a professional baseball team. The White Sox seem to be able to battle even the best teams but the mistakes are always their undoing.
29) Kansas City Royals – At 39 games under .500 it’s tough to believe the Royals don’t have the worst record in baseball. The Royals have the worst run differential in baseball and second worst isn’t even close.
30) Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles are horrific and at 41 games under .500 this is the worst Orioles team I have ever seen. Baltimore is on pace to lose around 120 games this season.