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My 2016 MLB Power Rankings Week 6

Updated on May 16, 2016

MLB Power Ranks

If you had May 15th as the day there would be an all-out brawl in Major League Baseball please bring your ticket to the cashier. Yesterday’s melee between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays was something I haven’t seen in a while. Benches clear all the time but rarely do you see a punch thrown and landed like you did yesterday. If you missed it, Google is your friend. And Youtube. And me since I link to it down below. You know. In the rankings. The reason you are here.

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

1. Chicago Cubs (27-9) ~ Halfway through May and the Cubs have yet to lose on consecutive days. Their two-game losing streak? That was a doubleheader. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Chicago White Sox (24-14) ~ Over the weekend Chris Sale became the first to eight wins on the season. He is the first White Sox pitcher to win his first eight starts since Jon Garland in 2005. You may recall they won it all that year. With the second best record in the American League I’m not saying. I’m just saying. (LWR 2)

3. Washington Nationals (23-15) ~ Ryan Zimmerman became just the third player in Nationals history to record an inside-the-park home run when he accomplished the feat Sunday. He was aided by the fact that outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton ran into each other but it counts just the same in the books and on the scoreboard. Willie Harris and Austin Kearns are the only other Nats to get it done. (LWR 4)

4. Boston Red Sox (24-14) ~ Boston went 6-1 on their homestand and scored double digit runs in five of those games. They only scored six in each of the other two games. It is the most runs scored in a homestand of seven or more games since 1900. Silly stats like this are everywhere in baseball and I kind of like it. (LWR 10)

5. Baltimore Orioles (23-13) ~ Manny Machado continues to put up MVP numbers in relative anonymity. The third baseman is slashing an impressive .333/.387/.653 with an eye-popping 1.040 OPS. Many people debate whether Mike Trout or Bryce Harper is the best player in the game. I believe Mr. Machado should be included in that discussion. (LWR 11)

6. New York Mets (21-16) ~ Five losses in their last six have the Mets on the verge of fourth place in the division. If they take care of business at home against the Nationals, however, they could be back on top. It’s a long season folks. Don’t you (or the New York media) forget it. (LWR 3)

7. San Francisco Giants (22-18) ~ Jeff Samardzija looks like a man reborn. A year after leading all of MLB in hits allowed, home runs allowed and earned runs allowed (kind of a reverse triple crown) he has been revitalized in San Francisco. His 2.88 ERA and 1.11 WHIP are front line numbers but he only needs to be a number three by the Bay. Perhaps the Giants knew what they were doing when they inked him to a five-year $90 million deal in the offseason. (LWR 7)

8. Texas Rangers (22-16) ~ Rougned Odor may have a career in boxing after he landed this punch flush on Toronto’s Jose Bautista. Pretty sweet in slo-mo. (LWR 9)

9. Pittsburgh Pirates (19-17) ~ After throwing eight scoreless in a win over the Cubs ace Gerrit Cole said he didn’t think Chicago was the best team in baseball. With the win Pittsburgh improved to 1-5 against Chicago this season and sit eight full games behind them in the standings. If Cole doesn’t think the Cubs are the best, I’d be curious to know just who he thinks should be on top. (LWR 5)

10. Los Angeles Dodgers (20-18) ~ Corey Seager is starting to heat up. The rookie shortstop has four homers in his last five games and now leads the team in batting average (.289), home runs (six) and RBI (20). The kid is just 22 and looks to be developing into the star many people believe he is destined to be. (LWR 9)

11. Seattle Mariners (21-16) ~ Nobody is happier to see the Los Angeles Angels leave town than closer Steve Cishek. Coming into the two game series he had been phenomenal all season allowing just two earned runs over his first 18 1/3 innings. He allowed five in his last two innings blowing the save and being tagged with the loss on Saturday and Sunday. (LWR 12)

12. St. Louis Cardinals (20-18) ~ Six weeks into the season the Cards boast one of baseball’s best offenses, however, they continue to hover around the .500 mark. The problem has been their starting pitching which is a weak spot for the first time in recent memory. A little more consistency from that group and they will be fine but they can’t afford to fall too far behind the Cubs. (LWR 14)

13. Toronto Blue Jays (19-20) ~ The benches clearing brawl occurred after Joey Bats slid in late and hard to Odor. Bautista then criticized the Rangers for lacking leadership in playing the game the right way. After the bat flip in last season’s playoffs (which I loved) and this hard slide I don’t think he has room to talk about this subject. Can’t have it both ways Jose. You’re my boy but in this case you are wrong. (LWR 13)

14. Kansas City Royals (18-19) ~ It took a walkoff in extras for the Royals to avoid a home series loss to the Atlanta Braves. While they escaped with the win K.C.’s offense is still the worst in the American League. I can’t give them the benefit of the doubt anymore. They need to earn their spot as they’ve slipped under .500 and into third place in the AL Central. (LWR 6)

15. Philadelphia Phillies (22-16) ~ We are a month and a half into the season and the Phillies are alone in second place in the National League East. A big reason for that is the fact they are 14-3 in one run games. While that will surely even out as the year goes on the Phillies are perhaps the biggest surprise in baseball thus far. (LWR 16)

16. Miami Marlins (20-17) ~ Jose Fernandez appears to be back. In his last two starts the ace has struck out 22 in 14 innings while allowing just one earned run. He has picked up the win in five of his last six starts and seems to be fully healthy after battling injuries the past two years. (LWR 15)

17. Colorado Rockies (19-18) ~ Last week I mentioned that the hammer was ready to fall on shortstop Jose Reyes for his involvement in a domestic violence dispute with his wife. The hammer has come down and Reyes will be suspended through May 31st which amounts to a 51-game suspension. He will also need to give back the salary he accumulated while he was out on leave which amounts to a loss of $7.3 million. With the emergence of Trevor Story look for Colorado to try and unload the pricey veteran. (LWR 19)

18. Cleveland Indians (17-17) ~ Outfielder Michael Brantley is back on the disabled list. The former All-Star who finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2014 has not looked like himself after recovering from shoulder surgery in the offseason. In 11 games he is slashing a meager .231/.279/.282 and has said he is experiencing discomfort in his shoulder. This sounds like he will be out longer than the minimum 15 days. (LWR 17)

19. Oakland A’s (16-22) ~ Third baseman Danny Valencia returned from the disabled list last week and is showing no signs of rust. Over the last six games he has five home runs including his first ever three-homer game Sunday. He has picked up at least one hit in every contest and Oakland’s lowly offense can sure use the boost. I know someone who will be making Wednesday’s fantasy column. (LWR 21)

20. Tampa Bay Rays (16-19) ~ It’s time for everyone to meet Matt Andriese. Through his first two starts of 2016 the second-year player has thrown 16 innings while allowing just one run on six hits. He bounced between the bullpen and rotation as a rookie last year but appears ready to contribute out of the rotation full-time going forward. Just another good, young pitcher for Tampa to deploy at will. (LWR 20)

21. New York Yankees (16-20) ~ Carlos Beltran became the 54th member of the 400-homer club on Sunday with a two-run shot in a rare Yankees win. Beltran is just the fourth switch-hitter to do so joining Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and my all-time favorite player Chipper Jones. (LWR 25)

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (17-23) ~ Michael Bourn is back in the big leagues. Recently cut by Toronto the fleet-footed outfielder signed a minor league deal with Arizona earlier in the week. David Peralta went down with a wrist injury and just like that Bourn is back. Whether he can help the disappointing D’Backs is another story. (LWR 22)

23. Detroit Tigers (16-21) ~ Cameron Maybin has been re-called from AAA and appears ready to make his season debut for the Tigers. The outfielder who returned to Detroit this offseason has been recovering from a broken wrist suffered during Spring Training. I wonder if he can pitch out of the bullpen because that’s where Detroit really needs help. (LWR 18)

24. Houston Astros (15-24) ~ What is wrong with Dallas Keuchel? Fresh off of winning the AL Cy Young award Houston’s ace has been anything but this season. He has allowed at least five earned runs in four of his last five starts and carries an ugly 5.58 ERA and 1.60 WHIP through his first eight starts. (LWR 23)

25. San Diego Padres (17-22) ~ San Diego is 17-13 in games in which they score at least one run. The problem with that is scoring at least one run. San Diego has been shut out a league-high nine times already this season. (LWR 26)

26. Los Angeles Angels (16-21) ~ The Rally Monkey must have retired in the Pacific Northwest. The Angels had two come-from-behind wins in Seattle and then finished off the sweep with a shutout on Sunday. If that had gone the other way the Angels would be 11 games under .500 and the columns about trading Mike Trout would be out in full force. They’re still out there. You just have to look. (LWR 24)

27. Milwaukee Brewers (16-22) ~ Chris Carter homered again and is on pace for 47 dingers and 111 RBI. He will surely be sought after when the trade deadline looms. Cheap power like that isn’t always easy to find. (LWR 28)

28. Cincinnati Reds (15-22) ~ Former starter Tony Cingrani appears to be the answer to Cincinnati’s closer problems. He has converted three of his first four save opportunities and if he can provide any kind of stability in the bullpen the Reds will be better for it. (LWR 27)

29. Minnesota Twins (10-26) ~ Minnesota is 4-2 against the Indians and just 6-24 against everyone else. The Twins won’t see the Indians again until July 15th. (LWR 29)

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Atlanta Braves (9-27) ~ Their -64 run differential is the worst in all of baseball. That means, they are the best at being outscored. In case you didn’t notice, it’s not a fun year to be a Braves fan. (LWR 30)

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