MLB Power Rankings: Surging Giants and A's both in Top 15
From 30 to 1...
Alex Pavlovic stacks up all 30 teams...
30. Royals (25-58):
They're the only team in the majors that has not scored 300 runs this season.
29. Orioles (24-59):
One of the strangest facts of the 2018 season: The Orioles did not beat a fellow American League team in June. They had just six wins in the month and all came in interleague play against National League East teams.
28. White Sox (29-54):
Derek Holland’s old team is going through a much slower rebuild than the ones in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
27. Mets (33-48):
Jacob deGrom has a 1.84 ERA, and yet the Mets have won just one of his last eight starts. The losing has gotten to deGrom, who told reporters Saturday, "I'm frustrated. I'm tired of losing, to be honest."
26. Marlins (34-51):
Santa Clara's Kyle Barraclough has turned into one of the game's best relievers. He was perfect in seven save opportunities in June and allowed just one hit in 12 scoreless innings.
25. Tigers (37-48):
They have a player named Niko Goodrum. He has seven homers this season. Now you know.
24. Rangers (38-47):
Matt Moore was recently demoted to the bullpen, and his results have ticked up a bit. After posting an 8.02 ERA as a starter for the Rangers, he has a 3.86 ERA in four relief appearances.
23. Padres (37-49):
They hung about 6-7 back in the West for a while, but now they’re once again relegated to playing spoiler.
22. Twins (35-45):
Left-hander Adalberto Mejia, once traded for Eduardo Nunez, still hasn't found a way to stick with the Twins. He made his season debut Saturday and gave up four runs in four innings.
21. Reds (36-48):
Adam Duvall continues to post huge defensive metrics in left field and he has 12 homers. The on-base percentage is just .289, but Duvall is rumored to be a trade target for some teams looking for left field help.
20. Blue Jays (39-44):
Former Giants prospect Joe Biagini looked like one that got away a couple years ago, but he’s 0-5 with a 6.50 ERA this season.
19. Rockies (41-43):
A few weeks back, they led the NL West. Now a three-game series with the Giants looks like their last chance to keep up with the three teams that have started to pull away.
18. Pirates (40-43):
Letting Bryan Reynolds go in the McCutchen trade hasn’t burned the Giants thus far. In 28 Double-A games, the outfielder has a .267/.339/.396 slash line and just one homer.
17. Angels (43-42):
They’ve been decimated by injuries, but take a moment to further appreciate Mike Trout, who has a .461 OBP and 24 homers. Oh, and he’s also 13 for 14 stealing bases.
16. Rays (42-41):
Matt Duffy, finally healthy, is on pace for a 4-WAR season. Duffy is hitting .321 for the surprising Rays.
15. Phillies (45-37):
They’re still hanging in the East race, in large part because of righty Aaron Nola, who is 10-2 with a 2.48 ERA.
14. Cardinals (42-40):
Dexter Fowler once looked like the player the Giants whiffed on in their pursuit of a center fielder. He’s batting .171 through three months.
13. Diamondbacks (47-37):
After a sweep at the hands of the Giants, they’ll try to hold onto first place during another week at home. The Cardinals are coming in for three, followed by four with the Padres.
12. A’s (46-39):
Winners of 12 of their last 15. The six Bay Bridge Series games later this month will mean quite a bit more than they usually do.
11. Nationals (42-40):
You would have thought that they would have control of the NL East by now. At the very least, they appear to have another star outfielder. Juan Soto, 19, is batting .310 with eight homers since his promotion.
10. Giants (45-40):
Bruce Bochy said “shame on us” if they don’t pull away from .500 for good, but the schedule before the break will provide a challenge. After three at Coors, they host the Cardinals, Cubs and A’s.
9. Indians (45-37):
George Kontos is once again sharing a bullpen with Dan Otero. Kontos has made five appearances for the Indians, allowing two earned runs and striking out four. Otero has a 6.07 ERA in his third year with Cleveland.
8. Dodgers (44-39):
Had a huge June, and might have a runway back to first place. After three with the Pirates, they close the first half with 10 against the Angels and Padres. They won’t leave Southern California until after the break.
7. Brewers (48-35):
As Will Smith closes games for the Giants, Phil Bickford still has not gotten past High-A ball for the Brewers. He has a 5.40 ERA in six relief appearances this season.
6. Mariners (54-31):
Denard Span let the biceps loose for “Turn Ahead the Clock” night, and he’s also playing some productive ball. The 34-year-old has a .761 OPS and seven homers for the Rays and Mariners this season.
5. Braves (48-34):
Charlie Culberson, who came up with many of the current Giants, has found a home in Atlanta. He has a .277 average and four homers in a super-utility role for the surprising Braves.
4. Cubs (47-35):
Kris Bryant is on the DL with shoulder inflammation but should return before the Cubs visit San Francisco next week.
3. Yankees (54-27):
Perhaps they’re a trade partner down the line for the Giants, who all of a sudden have starting depth. As is, they’re doing just fine by mostly just outslugging teams.
2. Red Sox (56-29):
Eduardo Nuñez had a modest eight-game hitting streak snapped Saturday. Overall, he’s batting .250 with five homers and 31 runs while mostly batting sixth or seventh in one of the game’s best lineups. Per Baseball Reference, he’s at negative-1.2 WAR, though, so the defense seems to still be pretty bad.
1. Astros (55-31):
It seems a decent bet that a national television audience will soon find out that Gerrit Cole is married to Amy Crawford. Brandon is headed for an All-Star start and Cole, 9-2 with a 2.50 ERA, should pitch early in the game.