MLB Power Rankings for the Week Starting July 19, 2018 (after Week 13)
Sports Chat Place's MLB Power Rankings for Week 14 of the 2018 MLB Season
Week 14 of the MLB Season Starting 7/19/18
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With the MLB All-Star break in full swing, it’s now a good time to look at where every team is at and how to evaluate the remainder of the regular season. You can find good value in terms of future bets this time of year and can usually find some decent prices for teams to win the division.
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Here are the 2018 MLB power rankings at the all-star break.
1. Houston Astros - The Houston Astros have had their ups and downs at time this season, but they still have head and shoulders the best run differential in baseball at +188. The Astros are still the most complete team in baseball when it comes down to it.
2. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox have lost just two games since June 30 and have 134 homers with a .272 team batting average. The Red Sox have come a long way from a team that struggled mightily to score easy runs last season.
3. New York Yankees - The New York Yankees are one of the more fun teams to watch with seven different players with double-digit homers. The Yanks are never out of a game, but they could use another arm in the rotation to increase their World Series odds.
4. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs have become an offensive machine over the last couple of months and have won 30 of their last 39 games when scoring more than one run. Just think about that for a second. The Cubs are back and looking a lot like the team that recently won the World Series.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers - Remember when everybody had written off the Los Angeles Dodgers when the losses were piling up and the injuries wouldn’t stop? The Dodgers now lead the NL West and are expected to get Justin Turner back at third base. Hopefully you didn’t burn your Dodgers future bets.
6. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians are probably the weakest team that’s winning its division right now, but there’s something to be said about a team that’s all but already clinched a playoff spot. Also, the Indians usually have one of those ridiculous runs in them this time of year.
7. Oakland Athletics - I gave out the Oakland Athletics to make the playoffs at +700 and even bet them at +12500 to win the World Series as a possible hedging opportunity later. Still a ways to go, but I’m not looking nearly as crazy as I did back in March.
8. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the more frustrating teams in baseball, as this club simply can’t score runs. When the offense matches the pitching, the Diamondbacks are one of the scariest teams. Can the real D-Backs please stand up?
9. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners are starting to show that all of those one-run victories aren’t sustainable, and they finished the first half ice cold while allowing the A’s to close the wild card gap. The Mariners could be in serious trouble come second half.
10. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals were probably the safest bet to win their division before the season. And while it’s far from a lock now, the Nats still have oodles of talent and it still feels like a matter of time before things click. It just takes one hot week.
11. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays have more than held their own in a ridiculously tough AL East and would be a playoff contender if they were in the National League. The Rays success, while irrelevant to the AL chase, has been one of the more impressive things this season.
12. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers didn’t do themselves any favors to finish the first half of the year, but this club should be fine moving forward. The Brewers pitching staff has been solid all year and the lineup is too deep to lay eggs like this. I’m not giving up on the Brew Crew just yet.
13. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels show flashes here and there of putting together a streak, but nothing consistent enough to make a dent in the standings. Moving Mike Trout to a contender would be wonderful for baseball. Unfortunately, it will never happen.
14. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies probably wish there was no break, as this team has won 13 of their last 16 games and 18 of their last 24 games when scoring at least three runs. The Rockies finally look like the team we expected to see out of the gate.
15. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves are still 10 games above a .500 record, but they’ve gone ice cold in the month of July and can’t score all of a sudden. This young team that’s exciting to watch may have hit the wall.
16. St. Louis Cardinals - Will the firing of Mike Matheny light a spark under the St. Louis Cardinals? I guess only time will tell.
17. Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies have been a great story with the whole Philly thing this year, but right when I’m ready to trust them, they lose two of three to the Miami Marlins or struggle to get a split with the New York Mets. I’m not sold on the Phillies right now.
18. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants are a team to watch in the second half, as they’re still getting healthy and have shown flashes of being a NL West contender. The problem is consistent offense and learning how to win on the road.
19. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins are playing their best baseball at the moment and have an offense that’s above average. It might be too little too late, but the Twins clear haven’t given up yet.
20. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays show just how quickly things can change in baseball, as it wasn’t that long ago they were a legit dark horse to make a World Series run. Now, the Blue Jays are having a hard time keeping their head above water.
21. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds are a scrappy bunch that don’t win a ton but go out there and compete nightly. Oh, and Billy Hamilton is a joy to watch in centerfield.
22. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates are riding a six-game winning streak into the second half and are quietly hanging around in the wide open wild card race. The Pirates are averaging three extra base hits a game and are seventh in the NL with 425 runs scored.
23. Texas Rangers - Shin-Soo Choo is having an incredible season for the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately, there’s not enough players to support him and the pitching staff gets rocked more times than not.
24. New York Mets - It’s time for the New York Mets to move whatever they can move and start a rebuild. With the Phillies and Braves now making noise in the NL East, the Mets have missed their window when it comes to competing.
25. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins have the same number of wins heading into the all-star break as they did last season with 41. The losses are a lot higher, but they played a lot more games during this fist half. The Marlins have been much better than expected.
26. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers have won five of their last 12 games as an underdog, so in the betting world, they can still be a profitable team if you pick your spots. We can’t say the same thing about some of these other teams below them.
27. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres are better than their record indicates, as they’ve been on the end of some brutal losses. Still, when pulling teeth is easier than putting together consistent offense, sometimes this club does it to itself.
28. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox have the second worst ERA in baseball at 4.92 and are 25th in total runs scored with 384. When you’re at the bottom in both major categories, you end up with the season the White Sox are having.
29. Baltimore Orioles - At this point, the only reason to pay attention to the Baltimore Orioles is to see where Manny Machado is going. After that, the Orioles are useless until next April at the earliest.
30. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals haven’t won back-to-back games since May 29-30. The movie Deadpool 2 was only in theaters for a week at that time. Yeah, the Royals are in bad shape to say the least.