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My 2017 Week 6 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on May 15, 2017

MLB Power Rankings

Happy belated Mother's Day to you and yours. I hope your weekend was filled with good memories and good baseball. Those pink bats and highlights in the uniforms, jerseys and cleats always make it a special day. It was certainly special for one MLBer who I mentioned in one of the recaps below. Think you know who it is? Only one way to find out.

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

1. Houston Astros (26-12) ~ They took three of four in the Bronx from the Yankees in a battle of the top teams in the American League. For now, the Astros rule the roost. Their 26-12 record is the best start in the history of the franchise. (Last Week's Ranking 2)

2. Washington Nationals (24-13) ~ Bryce Harper, my boy, has inked a one-year extension with the Nats for a whopping $21.625 million. That’s quite a payday for the 24-year-old former league MVP. He is slated to hit free agency after that and somebody will surely back up the Brinks truck to his front door. The only question is, will he have a new front door in a new city after signing what might be the largest contract in MLB history? (LWR 1)

3. New York Yankees (22-13) ~ Aroldis Chapman has given up four runs over his last two outings after giving up just one in his first dozen appearances this year. Now, the stud closer has found himself on the 10-day disabled list. Manager Joe Girardi expects Chapman to be re-evaluated in two weeks so it looks like he will spend more time on the DL than the minimum. Lucky for the Yankees they have Dellin Betances who can fill the closer’s role while Chapman is on the mend. (LWR 3)

4. Colorado Rockies (24-15) ~ Antonio Senzatela has done it again; this time outdueling the Los Angeles Dodgers. The rookie righty picked up his sixth win of the season in an emotional Mother’s Day performance. Senzaltela lost his mother to breast cancer last July. His ERA did rise to 3.31, but Colorado’s Achilles heel has always been pitching. It looks like Senzatela could be a big part of bucking that trend this year. (LWR 7)

5. Baltimore Orioles (22-14) ~ Four straight one-run losses for the O’s and the bullpen factored in the decision in all of them. Could closer Zach Britton’s absence be causing havoc with how the rest of the bullpen lines up? Could I be reading too much into this? Up next is a series in Detroit and they certainly have bigger bullpen woes than Baltimore. Should be a series in which the fans don’t leave the game early to beat the traffic. (LWR 4)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (22-16) ~ Cody Bellinger is white hot. Across his first 18 games he has seven home runs (tied for the team lead), 19 RBI (second on the team….by just one) and he has cross the plate 17 times. He is also carrying a triple slash line of .319/.397/.696. If he keeps hitting like this there is no way manager Dave Roberts can take him out of the lineup. (LWR 8)

7. Chicago Cubs (18-19) ~ A week ago I hinted that the Cubs could be under .500 if they weren’t careful. Now here we are and the Cubs are under .500. They are certainly better than their record shows, but at some point, they have to prove it on the field. Right now, that just isn’t happening. (LWR 5)

8. St. Louis Cardinals (21-15) ~ The Cardinals are your current NL Central leaders. They have won eight of nine including sweeps of the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. Oh, and they took two of three from the defending champs. Death, taxes and the St. Louis Cardinals having a dangerous team. (LWR 11)

9. Cleveland Indians (19-17) ~ It took until his 20th game of the season, but Jason Kipnis has finally gone yard. It was so nice that he did it twice. The two-time All-Star has been scuffling since coming off the disabled list and is carrying a disappointing .191/.215/.303 slash line despite those two homers. Cleveland will hope that big game helps get their second baseman back on track. (LWR 6)

10. Boston Red Sox (19-18) ~ It’s been a rough stretch for the BoSox as they’ve dropped back-to-back-to-back series against the likes of Minnesota, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay. Not exactly murderers row there. Help could be on the way in the form of David Price who is slated to make a rehab start this week in the minors. Word on the street is that he will only need one turn down on the farm before coming back to Beantown. (LWR 9)

11. Arizona Diamondbacks (21-18) ~ Arizona may be without its leadoff hitter for a time. A.J. Pollock injured his groin over the weekend and had to be removed from the game. The severity is not yet known, however he has been a big part in Arizona’s resurgence this year. Pollock was hitting .299 with 11 stolen bases and 26 runs scored after missing most of 2016 with a fractured elbow. Here’s hoping he’s OK. (LWR 10)

12. Milwaukee Brewers (21-17) ~ Neftali Feliz is out as the closer in Milwaukee. After blowing another save and picking up his fourth loss on the year, Feliz was yanked from the high pressure role for the more reliable Corey Knebel who has allowed just two earned runs in 19 innings of work. More impressive is his 14.21 K/9 which is more than twice that of Feliz’s 6.88. Strikeouts at the end of a game are a great indicator of future success in close games. Knebel now has the opportunity to thrive as a closer for the surprisingly competitive Brewers. (LWR 15)

13. Minnesota Twins (19-15) ~ If you look atop the AL Central standings you’ll see something odd. Something that doesn’t seem quite right. That something is the Minnesota Twins. That’s right. The first place Minnesota Twins. This a year after they lost an MLB-high 103 games. Earlier in the year I wrote them off as an early season fluke. Maybe I was wrong? (LWR 16)

14. Tampa Bay Rays (19-21) ~ Corey Dickerson is having as good a year without any publicity as anyone can have. He is fourth in the AL in batting average (.340), fift in slugging (.576) and sixth in OPS (963). He has also scored a team-high 21 runs. He’s starting to resemble the player he was in his Coors Field days and the Rays are better off for it. (LWR 12)

15. Detroit Tigers (18-18) ~ Earlier I mentioned that the Tigers have some serious bullpen issues. Well, manager Brad Ausmus has tried to switch things up by inserting Justin Wilson into the closer’s role where Francisco Rodriguez had struggled. Wilson picked up a save Saturday by fanning all three batters he faced. That’s about as good as it can get in announcing yourself in a new role. (LWR 13)

16. Texas Rangers (19-20) ~ Six wins in a row have the Rangers creeping closer to the .500 mark. They are back in second place in the AL West, however, they still trail Houston by 7 ½ games which is the largest deficit any second place team currently faces. (LWR 18)

17. New York Mets (16-20) ~ There’s a lot of bad with the Mets. Their team ERA of 5.07 is the worst in baseball. They just lost their closer Jeurys Familia for possibly the rest of the season. There’s drama with Matt Harvey’s personal life filtering into his professional life. Really, take your pick. If you are a Mets fan please let me know what you think is the most disappointing thing about the team this year. I’d love to hear it. (LWR 14)

18. Los Angeles Angels (19-21) ~ After missing roughly a week with a hamstring injury, Mike Trout returned to action on Thursday against the Tigers. Detroit really wished he hadn’t. Trout has homered in each of his last three games while driving in five and stealing two bases. What a talent. (LWR 19)

19. Cincinnati Reds (19-18) ~ Brandon Finnegan, who hasn’t played since April 15th, began a throwing program last week. There is no definitive timetable on his return, but if he can come back healthy, he will be the de facto ace of a Reds rotation that could certainly use one. When Scott Feldman is your most reliable starter, you’ve got problems. (LWR 20)

20. Toronto Blue Jays (17-21) ~ Is Jose Bautista starting to heat up at the dish? He had just one home run and seven RBI in an awful April, however, since the calendar flipped to May, the slugger is rounding into form with four homes and 10 RBI. He could be a sneaky buy-low option in fantasy if that interests you. (LWR 26)

21. Pittsburgh Pirates (16-22) ~ It appears that the window for Pittsburgh to contend for a title is just about shut. They made the playoffs three straight years from 2013-2015, but appear to be on the downswing of that. Their marquee player, Andrew McCutchen, is having another subpar season. Gregory Polanco and Jung Ho Kang are suspended. This could be it. (LWR 17)

22. Seattle Mariners (17-21) ~ The Mariners are better than this. Really. They are. The Mariners just aren’t on the field right now. 80% of their starting rotation is on the disabled list. Mitch Haniger, who was perhaps their second best hitter in the early going, is still out with an oblique injury. If they can tread water they might be OK. Right now it is simply too many injuries to overcome. (LWR 21)

23. Chicago White Sox (17-18) ~ Their pitching continues to impress in year one P.S. (Post Sale) but the offense is lacking. Chicago is in the bottom five in baseball in runs scored (146), batting average (.239), on-base percentage (.303) and slugging (.372). Expect more veteran names like Todd Frazier and Melky Cabrera to hear trade rumors coming sooner than anticipated if this trend continues. (LWR 23)

24. Oakland A’s (16-21) ~ I feel like I haven’t talked about bullpens enough so let’s discuss another one here. Santiago Casilla is the closer in Oakland but his numbers suggest that maybe he shouldn’t be. His 5.02 ERA is scary enough. He has 12 strikeouts, but six walks in 14 1/3 innings. He’s given up 10 hits as well. I think I’d rather see Ryan Madson or Sean Doolittle out there in the ninth than Casilla. Unless Oakland just wants to inflate his saves stat in an effort to flip him at the deadline. That seems like a very A’s thing to do. (LWR 24)

25. Miami Marlins (14-22) ~ A Marlins outfielder is hitting .316/.390/.603 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI. It isn’t Giancarlo Stanton. A Marlins outfielder is hitting .288/.342/.417 with five home runs and 19 RBI. It isn’t Giancarlo Stanton. A Marlins outfielder is hitting .259/.333/.540 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI. It is Giancarlo Stanton. Suffice it to say, Miami’s outfield is stacked. (LWR 22)

26. San Francisco Giants (15-24) ~ For the first time all year the Giants have won three straight. One of those lasted 17 innings so it’s really like they’ve gone four straight without a loss. I’d say so. Wouldn’t you? We round up here. Math. (LWR 28)

27. Philadelphia Phillies (14-21) ~ Aaron Altherr is so hot right now. In 11 games in May Altherr is hitting an otherworldy .375/.510/.925 with six home runs and 16 RBI. He has also drawn 10 walks while striking out just 11 times. If you extrapolate that over a full season he would be on pace for 88 home runs and 235 RBI. Do with that what you will. (LWR 25)

28. Kansas City Royals (16-21) ~ Jason Vargas has been a revelation. The veteran leads the league in ERA with a 1.01 mark. He has given up one or fewer (that'd be zero) runs in six of his seven starts and he has accounted for five of the Royals wins on the season. The bright light in an otherwise dark season thus far for K.C. (LWR 30)

29. Atlanta Braves (13-21) ~ Pitching has been an issue for the Braves. All five of their regular starters have an ERA over four. The bullpen has been atrocious. Veterans Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey have mostly been busts. Atlanta might be another year away before being able to truly compete for a playoff spot. (LWR 27)

30. San Diego Padres (14-25) ~ Trevor Cahill, who hasn't started more than three games in a season since 2014, has been fantastic this year for the Padres. Over his past three starts he has given up just four earned runs while striking out 21 in 17 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .190 off him during that stretch. (LWR 29)

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