MLB Power Rankings

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1 New York Yankees New York Yankees 25-16
▲ 2
Every American League East team has played a top schedule, strength-wise, thanks to the quality of the clubs in the division. The Bronx Bombers, though, are a combined 12-8 this year against its AL East opponents.
2 Houston Astros Houston Astros 29-15
▼ 1
The AL West is not very strong, and the ‘Stros are a combined 17-6 against the other teams in the division this season. Houston, however, is a perfect 5-0 in interleague play right now.
3 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 26-19
▲ 4
With the largest run-scoring differential in the majors currently, the Dodgers also have played one of the easiest schedules in the sport so far. However, L.A. is just 16-16 against its National League West division foes.
4 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 25-17
▲ 1
With a 7-1 mark in extra-inning games, the Os have been making a living this year off other teams’ bullpens. That can’t be a long-term recipe for success, especially in the AL East.
5 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 22-20
▲ 11
The defending champions are a mere 12-14 against teams over .500 in 2017, which isn’t a good number. The Cubbies are 11-10 both at home and on the road, while they’ve been outscored in the month of May. Blame the tough schedule, which is about to get a lot easier.
6 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 26-19
▲ 4
The D’backs are in the same boat as the Dodgers, a team they’re tied with in the NL West standings. Arizona is just 16-14 against division foes in the worst division in baseball.
7 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 23-19
▲ 4
The Tribe is plugging along with an MLB-best 15 road wins after sweeping the Astros in Houston over the weekend. But what about those home woes? However, Cleveland does have some easy foes (Kansas City, Oakland) coming up soon in Ohio.
8 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 22-21
▲ 4
Speaking of Oakland, the Red Sox lost three straight there before finally winning on Sunday, so maybe the A’s aren’t a pushover. But Boston’s biggest problem is a losing record (4-6) in games decided by five runs or more.
9 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 26-17
▼ 7
The Nats broke a four-game losing streak with a win on Sunday, and they’ve won just five of their last 13 games. They, too, have been outscored so far in the month of May.
10 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 25-19
▼ 1
With a 12-6 record in May, the Brew Crew is charging forward. This includes ten wins in the last 13 games. Milwaukee has 12 wins at home and 13 on the road, which is a unique balance for this franchise with just two postseason appearances since 1982.
11 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 22-19
▼ 5
The Cards lost four straight last week before emerging victorious on Sunday, and a losing home record (12-13) isn’t what we’re used to seeing in St. Louis. The usually tough Cardinals are just 6-9 in one-run ballgames this season.
12 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 28-17
▼ 8
One tidbit shows us that the Rox may be standing on glass stilts atop the NL West. Colorado is 9-0 in one-run contests in 2017, and that pace won’t last much longer, especially with a 4.18 ERA for its bullpen.
13 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 24-21
▲ 2
A ten-game win streak was snapped on Saturday, but the Rangers are still 5.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West. Texas is just 11-14 against its division rivals this season, and that will have to change soon if the Rangers want to defend their division crown.
14 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 22-18
▼ 6
The Twinkies played a doubleheader on Thursday and another one on Sunday, thanks to weather issues. Look for the Minnesota bullpen to take some hits on the road this week in Baltimore as a result.
15 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 23-23
▲ 3
Thanks to a 4-8 record in one-run games, the Rays are playing .500 ball despite outscoring their opponents by 21 runs so far in 2017. Tampa is also just 13-16 against AL East opponents, the aforementioned toughest group in the sport.
16 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 21-21
▼ 2
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Detroit is 8-4 in one-run contests, which has allowed the team to remain at .500 despite being outscored this season by nine runs overall. See how big of a role the close ones can play in a team’s success or lack thereof?
17 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 23-23
▲ 2
The Halos are like the Tigers, almost precisely. But with an 8-15 road mark this season, L.A. is in trouble with a full week ahead still on the road before returning home finally on Memorial Day.
18 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 20-22
▼ 1
Three straight wins over Seattle on the road to end the week, by a combined score of 26-3 no less, saved the ChiSox from even more disaster. Chicago is now plus-22 overall in run-scoring differential this season—but just 4-5 in one-run games.
19 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 19-26
▲ 1
The Blue Jays followed up a six-win week with a two-win week to stunt their momentum. They’re eight games behind the Yankees right now in the tough AL East, where Toronto has a 9-16 mark in division contests.
20 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 20-23
▼ 7
The Redlegs are over .500 at home where they’ve outscored opponents by 11 runs. But Cincy is just 7-11 on the road where the club has been outscored by 14 runs. Eight of the next ten games are on the road for the Reds.
21 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 20-24
▲ 4
How’s this for an odd statistic? The Bucs are 12-9 at PNC Park, despite being outscored by 19 runs there. Yet the team is 8-15 on the road with a mere minus-13 scoring differential. Nine of Pittsburgh’s next 15 games are away from home.
22 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 20-25
▼ 1
The Ms took it on the chin at home from the White Sox over the weekend, as noted above. An eight-game road trip against three teams with winning records looms ahead now, and Seattle’s 7-16 road record means this could get ugly for the Mariners.
23 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 15-26
▲ 3
A one-win week didn’t cost the Phils much in the NL East standings, but the team is holding its own at home this year with an 8-8 record and an even run differential there. It’s the road that is causing the huge issues for Philadelphia this year.
24 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 18-25
The Royals will spend the whole week on the road, where they have just six wins this season so far. At home, K.C. is over .500 despite being outscored. A 4-14 record against AL Central opponents is the big ugly in 2017.
25 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 20-24
▼ 2
With the worst run differential in the AL, the A’s are 8-5 this year when not playing against AL West rivals. So basically, Oakland is getting killed in its division this year, one of the worst ones in baseball. Go figure.
26 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 18-23
▲ 3
The only non-negative record metric for the Braves we can find is their .500 record in interleague play so far this season. Everything else is ugly, ugly, ugly. Atlanta just lost its best player, too, for three months with a fractured wrist.
27 New York Mets New York Mets 18-24
▼ 5
Losers of seven straight before Friday’s win against the Angels, the Mets won again on Saturday to remain feisty. It didn’t last as N.Y. gave up 12 runs in a Sunday loss to the Halos. The good news is the Padres are coming to town next.
28 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 15-28
▼ 1
Just one month ago, this team was playing .500 ball. Since then, the Fish have posted a 7-20 record and dropped eight games in the standings. But hey, Miami is 2-1 in extra-inning games this season.
29 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 19-26
▼ 1
Seven wins in the last nine contests have helped the Giants gain two games in the NL West standings, although they’re still nine games behind Colorado and seven behind the Dodgers. The next four games at Wrigley could be fun.
30 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 16-30
There is very little to find positive in the San Diego season so far. The Padres are 0-4 against the Braves, for example. But they’re 4-2 against the Giants. That’s something to build on for the summer months to come.

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