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MLB Power Rankings 7th Week 2017 Edition

Updated on May 22, 2017

MLB Power Rankings

If the playoffs were to start today there would be quite a few new faces to October baseball. The Arizona Diamondbacks would be in under first year manager Torey Lovullo. The Colorado Rockies? Yep. They’d be there too. The same could be said for the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately for those teams, and their fanbases, the playoffs do not start today. We have a lot of baseball ahead of us. But, if you are a fan of one of those teams, 2017 has been good to you so far. Enjoy the ride.

*Programming Note ~ I will not be doing a rankings next week for Memorial Day. One, it is a holiday and two, I will be in the process of moving. Too much going on to take the time to do this even though it is much more fun than it is work.

*Note ~ All stats and records are through Sunday’s games.

1. Houston Astros (29-15) ~ It wasn’t a very good weekend for the Astros. Ace Dallas Keuchel and his American-League leading 1.84 ERA was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a pinched nerve. Star catcher Brian McCann was placed on the 7-day DL due to a concussion. Oh, and the ‘Stros were swept away by Cleveland. Nope, not a good weekend at all. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Washington Nationals (26-17) ~ The best offense in baseball resides in the nation’s capital. There’s no denying that. The pitching staff on the other hand? Well, that could use some work. And depth. The front end is strong with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. Tanner Roark has struggled. But what about their fifth starter? Who is their fifth starter? The top four have each made nine starts but nobody else on Washington’s squad has had more than Joe Ross’ three. Considering we are nearly two months into the season, that blows my mind. (LWR 2)

3. New York Yankees (25-16) ~ Brett Gardner had himself a rough April. He hit just .205 with just four RBI. Since May 1st, however, he has flipped the script. Gardner is slashing .362/.438/.710 with six home runs and 14 RBI. Not bad for someone who isn’t really known for his power. He had just seven homers in all of 2016. He’s already surpassed that total this year. (LWR 3)

4. Colorado Rockies (28-17) ~ The Rockies are off to the best start in franchise history and have spent more time in first place in their division this year, than in any other year save 1995. And it’s still May. Could the Rockies win their first ever division title this season? Stranger things have happened. Speaking of Stranger Things….when is that show coming back? (LWR 4)

5. Baltimore Orioles (25-17) ~ Here’s something you don’t see every day: Chris Davis hit two home runs in extra innings. Davis hit go-ahead shots in the 12th and 13th innings during Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers. He is the second Oriole to ever have multiple homers in extra innings joining Mike Young who did it in 1987 which I’m sure we all remember. Still pretty cool. (LWR 5)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (26-19) ~ Third baseman Justin Turner’s hot start will be put on hold as he has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. Turner was leading the league with 53 hits at the time of the injury. He was riding a five-game multi-hit streak. To say his bat will be missed is an understatement. (LWR 6)

7. Cleveland Indians (23-19) ~ Top prospect Bradley Zimmer was called up last week and so far the results are what you’d expect from someone getting their first taste of the bigs. He has struck out in eight of his 15 at-bats, but has also delivered a home run, three RBI and a stolen base. There will be growing pains but this kid has the potential to be something special. (LWR 9)

8. Chicago Cubs (22-20) ~ Wade Davis has been lights out in his first season as a Cub. He has yet to allow a run in his first 17 1/3 innings while racking up 22 strikeouts to just five walks. He is 9-for-9 in save chances and picked up two wins as well. He has been better than advertised thus far. (LWR 7)

9. Arizona Diamondbacks (26-19) ~ I’m not sure who the bigger surprise is out in the National League West. The front-running Rockies or the resurgent Diamondbacks. Maybe they are both for real. Maybe they will both come back down to Earth. I have to believe that the Dodgers didn’t think the division would be this competitive. Especially not with these two clubs. (LWR 11)

10. Milwaukee Brewers (25-19) ~ Perhaps a bigger surprise than Colorado and Arizona put together? Your 2017 Milwaukee Brewers. A team that, on paper, scared nobody coming into the season. A team that let 2016 home run king Chris Carter walk away. A team that has nobody in their starting rotation that the casual fan could name. A team that I will root for the rest of the year. Gotta love underdogs. (LWR 12)

11. St. Louis Cardinals (22-19) ~ Last week I heaped praise on the Cards. Talked about how them having a great team on the field was inevitable. Something you could etch in stone. Then they lost four of five to the Red Sox and Giants. All at home. My bad St. Louis. That one’s one me. (LWR 8)

12. Texas Rangers (24-21) ~ Their 10-game winning streak helped them claw back into contention in the AL West. They are back over .500 and are now just five and a half back of the Astros who just lost two of their top players to the disabled list. As for the Rangers’ disabled list? Adrian Beltre could begin a rehab assignment this weekend. He has yet to suit up in 2017. (LWR 16)

13. Boston Red Sox (22-21) ~ Chris Sale has done it again. Another game and another double-digit strikeout total. That’s eight straight which ties the MLB record held by Pedro Martinez and…..Chris Sale. Dude knows how to rack up those strikeouts. (LWR 10)

14. Minnesota Twins (22-18) ~ Nearly two months into the season and Minnesota is still on top of the AL Central. Well, they have some company with Cleveland but they are the top dog by percentage points. They’ll need to do a better job of scoring runs if they plan on staying there. The Twinkies have plated just 177 runs which is 25th in baseball. They are the only division leader with a negative run differential (-6). (LWR 13)

15. Tampa Bay Rays (23-23) ~ They finished off a week in which they took four of six from the Yankees and Indians. Both losses were by one run. You’ll notice that those two teams are ahead of the Rays in the standings. That makes it a good week for Tampa as they try to remain relevant in the uber-competitive AL East. (LWR 14)

16. Los Angeles Angels (23-23) ~ Doug Fister is back in baseball. He put together a few quality seasons in Detroit and Washington before falling off last year in Houston with a 4.64 ERA. The Angles, however, are desperate for starting rotation help. Have arm. Will play. (LWR 18)

17. Detroit Tigers (21-21) ~ J.D. Martinez is a monster. He was recently activated from the disabled list and in just nine games the slugging outfielder has jacked five home runs and driven in 12. He also has more walks (11) than strikeouts (7). The fact that he is in midseason form with very little playing time should scare the crap out of opposing pitchers. (LWR 15)

18. Pittsburgh Pirates (20-24) ~ Jung Ho Kang’s MLB career may be over. Kang has been in his native South Korea for a DUI offense and his appeal was denied. He was not given a work visa to return to the United States and continue his professional baseball career. He may even serve jail time if he is not on his best behavior over the next two years. If that is it, the infielder finishes up as a .273 hitter with 36 home runs and 120 RBI. He looked to be a budding star for the Pirates and a steal at that – four years $11 million. Jung Ho, we hardly knew ye. (LWR 21)

19. Toronto Blue Jays (19-26) ~ Being a Braves fan, the Blue Jays really ruffled my feathers this past week. That said, they did do something kinda neat. Luke Maile and Marcus Stroman became the first American League battery to hit back-to-back home runs in a game since 1970. Sure, AL pitchers don’t bat often. OK, pitchers and catchers don’t always bat back-to-back. I get it. But it is still kinda neat. (LWR 20)

20. Seattle Mariners (20-25) ~ *In his best Professor Farnsworth voice*Good News Everyone! *clears throat* Robinson Cano’s stay on the disabled list will be short lived as the stud second baseman can be activated as soon as tomorrow. Outfielder Mitch Haniger is also ready to begin a rehab assignment. For all the injuries the Mariners have had to suffer they are due some good news. (LWR 22)

21. New York Mets (18-24) ~ There’s not a whole lot of good going on with the big league club so let’s do a Tim Tebow check-in. What’s that? Tebow homered yesterday? Rumor has it that the Mets are considering giving him a promotion. Not to the majors. But a promotion is a promotion nonetheless. (LWR 17)

22. Chicago White Sox (20-22) ~ The youth movement in Chicago may be adding another face shortly. Rumor has it that Cuban outfielder Luis Robert is close to a deal with the White Sox. Robert is the second ranked international prospect behind Japan’s Shoehei Otani. He has elite power and speed and could be a big part of the next contending White Sox squad. (LWR 23)

23. Cincinnati Reds (20-23) ~ Eight losses in their last nine have dropped the Reds to a half-game above the cellar in the NL Central. It could be worse. At least they still have Joey Votto. (LWR 19)

24. Oakland A’s (20-24) ~ Chad Pinder destroyed a baseball on Saturday night by hitting one 483 feet into the Oakland sky. Chad Pinder is a name I had never heard until I saw the homer on SportsCenter. In other Oakland home run news, Ryon Healy smacked one that smashed a fan’s phone. When he brought it up to the A’s on Twitter they offered to buy him a new one. Good PR right there. (LWR 24)

25. Atlanta Braves (18-23) ~ Freddie Freeman’s MVP-caliber season has hit a massive speed bump. The slugging first baseman suffered a broken wrist when he was hit by a pitch last week in a game against Toronto. He and his .341 /.461/.748 line with an MLB-high at the time of injury 14 home runs will miss the next 8-10 weeks. To replace him the Braves have acted quickly by acquiring Matt Adams from St. Louis and signing James Loney to a minor league deal. (LWR 29)

26. San Francisco Giants (19-26) ~ Starting pitching has been an issue by the Bay. Among starters who have taken the mound at least five times this year, San Fran’s ERA leader would be Ty Blach at 4.15. Johnny Cuto sits at 4.50. Jeff Samardzija a cool 4.57. Matt Cain? 4.91. Matt Moore rounds things out at 5.37. If they could even get average pitching out of these guys we might be talking about flipping their record from 19-26 to 26-19. (LWR 26)

27. Miami Marlins (15-28) ~ Giancarlo Stanton is tired of the Marlins’ losing ways. The club has finished above .500 just once during his tenure (2010) and looks destined for another losing season. Good thing he signed a 13-year deal through 2027. (LWR 25)

28. Kansas City Royals (18-25) ~ The Royals’ offense stinks on ice, but it isn’t Sal Perez’s fault. The catcher launched three home runs during a twinbill yesterday with the, um, Twins. It wasn’t enough to sweep the doubleheader but it was enough to help one of my fantasy teams squeak out a close win in a head-to-head league and for that, I thank him. (LWR 28)

29. Philadelphia Phillies (15-26) ~ Things are not going well for the Phillies. They’ve lost eight of ten to drop 10 games back in the NL East. Vince Velasquez is a mess. The whole pitching staff is really. Have you ever seen the “this is fine” comic? That’s what the Phillies season is at the moment. (LWR 27)

30. San Diego Padres (16-30) ~ They’ve allowed the most runs (243) in baseball and have scored the third fewest (158) ahead of just the Giants and Royals. The only upside is that the cupboard is so bare that there is only room for improvement. (LWR 30)

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      Matthew DeWitte 4 weeks ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I definitely think the Cubbies should be a little higher. They won 4 out of 5 games last week and they are about to tie the series with San Francisco tonight. Awesome rankings though, I enjoy them.

    • Rich White profile image
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      Rich 4 weeks ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Matt for the read and comment. The Cubs have all the potential in the world and if they can put it all together they will rise back up. Quickly.

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