MLB Power Rankings: Giants below Padres; A's climb
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Alex Pavlovic stacks up all 30 teams...
30. Phillies (22-46)
They have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Giants in the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft.
29. Giants (26-45)
They’re better than the Padres, but at the moment, they’ve dropped 15 of 19 and they’re last in the West, so here they are.
28. Padres (28-42)
They might ultimately end up with the top pick next year. They’ve been outscored by 113 runs and guys like Brad Hand and Yangervis Solarte could be shipped out soon.
27. Braves (31-37)
Talented lefty Sean Newcomb has a 2.19 ERA in his first two starts. He’ll face the Giants on Thursday.
26. Reds (29-39)
Adam Duvall is still making that trade hurt. A year after hitting 33 homers, he’s already at 16.
25. Marlins (30-37)
Hey, turns out you can put up huge homer numbers in big parks. Marcell Ozuna, Justin Bour and Giancarlo Stanton all have 17-plus.
24. Pirates (31-38)
Huge tip of the cap to Jameson Taillon, who has allowed four runs in two starts back from his break to deal with testicular cancer.
23. Mets (31-37)
In terms of disappointment, they are the Giants of the East Coast — although they can at least point to injuries.
22. A’s (31-38)
The new Giants closer has four blown saves, or one more than the man he replaced (Santiago Casilla).
21. Tigers (32-36)
Reminder that they have a pitcher named Warwick Saupold, and he’s good! Warwick has a 2.75 ERA in 11 relief appearances.
20. Cardinals (31-37)
Mike Leake, briefly a Giant, is coming back to earth. His ERA has jumped from 1.91 to 3.14 over a span of four starts.
19. Royals (33-35)
Whit Merrifield, the man who got drilled by Madison Bumgarner at 10 years old, is having a solid year: .288 average, six homers.
18. White Sox (31-37)
Melky Cabrera is still an everyday player in this league. He has a .284/.337/.401 line in Chicago, with seven homers.
17. Mariners (34-37)
Jean Machi could make it back to the big leagues soon. He has a 1.16 ERA for Seattle’s Triple-A squad.
16. Orioles (34-34)
They’ve been outscored by 45 runs and they’re a game out of a Wild Card spot. The American League is weird.
15. Angels (36-37)
They were 26-37 when Mike Trout got hurt and they’re 10-10 since losing the game’s best player. Baseball is weird.
14. Twins (34-33)
Chris Heston was outrighted to Triple-A over the weekend. His lone appearance for the Twins came against the Giants.
13. Blue Jays (33-35)
Joe Biagini had a 3.38 ERA before imploding against the White Sox. The Giants once let him get away in the Rule 5 draft.
12. Rangers (34-34)
Giants coaches want to see more swinging for the fences from some of their players. Joey Gallo (.194 average, 18 homers, 1.4 WAR) is the model.
11. Rays (37-35)
Reports out of Tampa are that there are still concerns about Matt Duffy’s heel. His rehab assignment was halted over a month ago.
10. Cubs (34-34)
You keep waiting and waiting and waiting for them to have their run and take over the Central, and it hasn’t happened.
9. Brewers (38-33)
They’re supposed to be rebuilding, but here they are, still 2 1/2 games clear of the defending champs.
The Dan Otero bubble never burst. He has a 3.29 ERA in 25 appearances out of the bullpen.
7. Red Sox (39-30):
For all that’s gone wrong for the Giants, at least they’re not saddled with Pablo Sandoval’s (.208 average, four homers, negative .5 WAR) contract.
6. Diamondbacks (44-26)
An all-time good guy and Good Giant, Gregor Blanco is rocking a .280/.374/.409 slash line.
5. Yankees (38-29)
They still lead the majors in run differential (+109) but they just got swept in Oakland.
4. Nationals (42-27)
Max Scherzer is on pace for 319 strikeouts. Chew on that one for a while.
3. Dodgers (44-26)
Sergio Romo is on the DL with a sprained ankle. Throw in that 6.41 ERA and the move to Los Angeles hasn’t been going as planned.
2. Astros (46-24)
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: This is the team to watch if the Giants decide to trade a starter. They’re stocked with young outfield prospects.
1. Rockies (46-26)
There are a handful of teams you could put in the top spot, but the Fighting Arenados get it this time around because they continue to lead the pack in the best division in baseball.