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My 2017 MLB Power Rankings Week 10 Edition

Updated on June 12, 2017

MLB Power Rankings

If your team plays .600 ball for the season there’s a very good chance they will be playing meaningful games in October. Currently, there are six teams playing at that level. Three of them reside in the National League West. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers. Can all three keep up their level of play and reach the postseason? Maybe. One would have to think that with all the head-to-head matchups that someone will drop back from the pack. But, for now, it’s some of the best baseball around.

*Note ~ As per usual all stats and records are through Sunday's games

1. Houston Astros (44-20) ~ Ace Dallas Keuchel is back on the disabled list with a nerve issue in his neck. The word is that he will only miss two starts or so. Even so, he missed time earlier with the same issue and if it isn’t taken care of properly, could potentially miss more. The Astros has the best record in baseball and Keuchel is a big reason why. He is 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. He’s my early frontrunner for the American League Cy Young Award. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Colorado Rockies (41-24) ~ A 6-1 week against the two teams who took part in last year’s Fall Classic (Cleveland and Chicago for those of you who may not know) has given the best record in the NL to the Colorado Rockies. Who woulda thunk it? For as well as they’ve been playing, however, they don’t have a big lead in their division as the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are just 1 ½ and two games back respectively. That’s how good the NL West is. (LWR 3)

3. Washington Nationals (38-24) ~ Max2K. Max Scherzer picked up career strikeout number 2,000 on Sunday. If that seems fast, it is. He is tied for the third-fewest starts (287) to reach that mark with a guy names Nolan Ryan. Clayton Kershaw just joined this club recently and Scherzer did it in 53 2/3 innings fewer than Clayton. Big time K men here folks. (LWR 2)

4. New York Yankees (37-23) ~ Aaron Judge straight up murdered a baseball this weekend sending it 495 feet away from home plate. That is the longest home run since tracking began in 2009 (according to ESPN). Either way, R.I.P. baseball. (LWR 5)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (39-25) ~ Kenley Jansen racking up strikeouts in the 9th inning should come as no surprise. He has 43 of them in just 26 1/3 innings this year after piling up 104 last year in 68 2/3 innings. What IS surprising is his walk total. Which is zero. As in Kenley Jansen has yet to walk a batter this year. He averages 2.5 walks per 9 so he should have walked around seven guys by now. Nope. Not a one. Here’s hoping I didn’t jinx him. (LWR 4)

6. Arizona Diamondbacks (34-28) ~ Jake Lamb had himself a nice, quiet breakout 2016 season. This year he is back at it leading the NL with 57 RBI and his 16 home runs are tied for fifth. Once again he is doing this with little publicity. What does the man have to do to become a household name? If the D-backs keep playing .600 ball I suppose a trip to the postseason would help raise his profile. (LWR 6)

7. Boston Red Sox (34-28) ~ The other day I saw a commercial touting some Sox players such as Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. as Boston’s Killer B’s. Is it wrong that I don’t like that? It makes me think of Houston back in the days of Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and later Lance Berkman. Does that make me old? I’m sure Houston wasn’t the first team to use such a moniker but I can’t help but think of them when I hear Killer B’s. Well, them and the Wu Tang Clan. (LWR 7)

8. Baltimore Orioles (31-30) ~ Manny Machado hasn’t played since being spiked by Andrew McCutchen on Wednesday. Some might say Machado hasn’t played all year. The perennial All-Star has struggled mightily this season and carries a weak .213/.289/.430 triple slash line. Needless to say, a wrist injury isn’t going to help those numbers. He has avoided the disabled list for now, but with the new 10-day DL I’m surprised Baltimore hasn’t played it a little safer with their face of the franchise. (LWR 8)

9. Cleveland Indians (31-29) ~ Edwin Encarnacion is starting to round into the player that Cleveland thought they were getting when they signed him to a large deal in free agency. E5 hit just .200 with four homers and 9 RBI over the first month of the season. Since then he’s hit .279 with 8 homers and 17 RBI. He still has a ways to go to reach his typical 40 and 100 season but he’s headed in the right direction. (LWR 9)

10. Chicago Cubs (31-31) ~ The Cubs are right in the middle of the pack in runs scored and in team ERA which is a good indicator as to why the club’s record is dead even. Everybody needs to step it up a bit if they want to defend their World Series Championship. Luckily for them, the whole NL Central has been stuck in the mud for seemingly the whole year. They are just a game out of first place and still boast the most talented roster in the division. (LWR 10)

11. Milwaukee Brewers (33-31) ~ During the offseason Milwaukee traded away Tyler Thornburg, one of their better relievers, to Boston for Travis Shaw and three minor leaguers. Shaw had a disappointing 2016 batting .242/.306/.421 with 16 homers. It’s been a different story in Milwaukee. Shaw is hitting a robust .298/.352/.534 with 10 homers and is a big reason the re-build in Milwaukee is having quick success. (LWR 11)

12. Tampa Bay Rays (34-32) ~ Kevin Kiermaier, one of the better defensive whizzes in the game, is going to miss some time. Kiermaier on Friday slid into first base while trying to reach on an infield hit and has fractured his hip. Nobody likes to see or hear about big injuries but this one hurts me a bit more than a broken hand or leg. A broken hip is a bit more on the debilitating side. Here’s hoping he can fully recover and get back to playing gold glove defense sooner rather than later. (LWR 12)

13. Toronto Blue Jays (31-32) ~ The push back to .500 continues and they can get there today with a win against the Rays. I’m rooting for it because that would mean every team in the AL East would be at .500 or better. Go Canada! (LWR 13)

14. Minnesota Twins (32-27) ~ The MLB amateur draft is tonight. Did you know that? It certainly doesn’t draw as much hype as the NFL draft. Maybe that’s because baseball draftees don’t hit the bigs right away. Whatever that may be, when the draft does start tonight, it will start with the Twins who have the first overall pick. The first place Twins I might add. (LWR 14)

15. Seattle Mariners (31-33) ~ The disabled list is starting to become a bit less crowded in Seattle. Mitch Haniger is back. Felix Hernandez should be back after one more rehab start. Hisashi Iwakuma is also due back shortly. They probably can’t catch Houston, but maybe the M’s have a playoff push in them somewhere. (LWR 19)

16. Detroit Tigers (30-32) ~ There is a power outage in Detroit. That power outages name is Miguel Cabrera. The former MVP is hitting just .268/.374/.408. which would be a career low batting average and slugging percentage. Cabrera has hit below .313 just once since 2005 and that year he hit .292. Is father time catching up to him in his 15th season? Or are injuries playing a bigger role than he is letting on? (LWR 16)

17. Texas Rangers (30-32) ~ A sweep in Washington has made me reconsider sticking the proverbial fork into the Rangers and their season. Like Seattle, they probably won’t have enough to catch Houston, but if they get healthy they could still be a force. Adrian Beltre is back. Cole Hamels still needs another month or so. If they want to prove they can still hang with the big boys, they’ll get their chance this week with three game sets against the Astros and Mariners. (LWR 17)

18. Los Angeles Angels (33-33) ~ Another team in that AL West who would be better if healthy is the Angels. Mike Trout probably lost the MVP award when he tore a thumb ligament, but he is due back around the All-Star Break. Word is that he will wear a stabilizer when he is on the basepaths. Probably a good idea considering that is where he did the damage. (LWR 18)

19. St. Louis Cardinals (29-32) ~ Anybody need an aging shortstop/third baseman? Jhonny Peralta has been DFA’d and the Cards still have a few days to try and work out a trade before simply releasing the veteran infielder. Peralta has been terrible in limited action this season batting just .204/.254/.204 with zero extra base hits in 54 at-bats. (LWR 15)

20. Cincinnati Reds (29-33) ~ In case you hadn’t heard, Scooter Gennett had a four-homer game last week and became just the 17th player to do so. He was also the first Red to accomplish the feat. Not Pete Rose. Not Ken Griffey (Jr OR Sr.). Not Joe Morgan or any of the other all-timers. Scooter Freakin’ Gennett. (LWR 21)

21. New York Mets (28-33) ~ Steven Matz is back and looked brilliant in his debut holding Atlanta to just one run and five hits over seven innings while picking up a win Saturday night. The Mets could use the rotation help as Robert Gsellman leads the team with five wins. Not exactly how they drew it up in New York this year. (LWR 22)

22. Pittsburgh Pirates (28-35) ~ Tony Watson has finally lost his hold on the closer’s job in Pittsburgh. Since May 9th Watson had blown five saves while carrying an ERA of 7.20. Opponents were hitting .328/.353/.594 off of him. That’s not exactly what you want from your ninth inning man. Felipe Rivero looks to be the man Clint Hurdle will call on to close out a game with Juan Nicasio also in line for save chances. (LWR 20)

23. Miami Marlins (27-35) ~ Ichiro is nearing the end. The future Hall of Famer is hitting just .198/.235/.296 in 81 at-bats. He isn’t a full-time player anymore, but he was serviceable last year. Now, with a -0.5 OWAR it may be time for him to hang up the cleats even though he wants to play until the age of 50. (LWR 23)

24. Kansas City Royals (28-34) ~ There’s a lot of talk about Aaron Jude for his home run prowess, and rightfully so, but Mike Moustakas is quietly mashing in K.C. The third baseman is up to 17 on the year which is good for third in the AL. His previous career-high was 22 which he could surpass by the end of the month. (LWR 26)

25. Atlanta Braves (27-35) ~ We may have seen the end of Bartolo Colon. The oldest player in the majors, 44, was placed on the disabled list last week. Maybe it is an injury. Maybe it is poor performance. Either way, Colon has stunk up the joint with a 7.78 ERA which is the highest in baseball. I’m a big fan of the man and he now plays for my team, but the end is nigh for the last remaining Expo. (LWR 24)

26. Chicago White Sox (26-35) ~ During the offseason it was thought that the White Sox would part with Jose Quintana. They wanted a king’s ransom and that was understandable considering the value Quintana brings to the table. That value has taken a hit in 2017 due to a bloated 5.30 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. A good portion of that can be attributed to back-to-back implosions against the D’backs and Red Sox in which the lefty gave up 15 earned runs in just seven innings. Quintana will still be highly sought after come the deadline. It remains to be seen just what kind of haul the Sox will reel in. (LWR 25)

27. Oakland A’s (27-36) ~ Things have not gone well for Andrew Triggs lately. He started the year on fire and was 5-2 with a 2.12 ERA after his start on May 16th. Since then, it has been a disaster. Triggs has lost four straight starts while giving up 20 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings. He has been placed on the disabled list with a hip injury. Oakland will hope that time off will also help him clear his head. (LWR 27)

28. San Francisco Giants (26-39) ~ Madison Bumgarner is nearing a return to the mound. The Giants ace threw off a mound for the second time in three days as he recovers from a shoulder injury. He will have to make a few rehab starts before coming back, but at least that is something for Giants fans to look forward to after a mostly miserable 2017 to date. (LWR 29)

29. San Diego Padres (24-40) ~ Nobody has scored fewer runs than the Padres (224) and nobody has allowed more runs than the Padres (349). That’s a whopping -125 run differential and we’re only about 1/3 of the way through the season. At least the weather’s nice out there. (LWR 28)

30. Philadelphia Phillies (21-40) ~ That’s five straight losses for the Phils after a season-high four straight wins. Kind of erases all the good they had done for a short period. Oh well. At least it looks like Odubel Herrera has found himself. The dude has 13 extra base hits in nine games since the start of June. He’s raised his line from .223/.267/.340 to .257/.295/.422. (LWR 30)

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    • Rich White profile image

      Rich 7 months ago from Pennsylvania

      I would LOVE to see something like an Astros / Rockies World Series. Both teams are all kinds of fun to watch. The Yanks have far surpassed what I expected out of them this year too. You are 100% right when you say spring training predictions can be thrown out the window. This is why the play the glorious game of baseball.

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      Ryan Fuller 7 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      It is amazing how the Rockies and Astros just keep dominating. The Yankees are not slowing down either. This season is proving that Spring Training predictions are once again just words written down. I love that losing teams are winning again, except for the Yankees. I can't stand them.