MLB Power Rankings: A's hold steady; Giants slip a spot
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Alex Pavlovic stacks up all 30 teams...
30. Orioles (41-102)
The numbers here are truly amazing. They're 56 1/2 games behind the Red Sox and have been outscored by 241 runs. No other MLB team is within 35 of that differential.
29. Royals (47-95)
Jorge Lopez, a 25-year-old right-hander, gave us a reminder Saturday of why baseball can be so great. In a lost season he gave the Royals a moment to remember by taking a perfect game into the ninth inning.
28. Marlins (56-86)
Catcher J.T. Realmuto (.856 OPS, 20 homers, 70 RBI) is one of the most underrated players in the league, which means they'll probably trade him this winter.
27. White Sox (56-87)
The worst Tommy John announcements are the ones that rob the game of young stars. Hard-throwing right-hander Michael Kopech showed plenty of promise in four appearances but now is done until 2020.
26. Padres (57-88)
Their kids are starting to arrive; 22-year-old catcher Francisco Mejia, acquired from the Indians, has two homers in his first 13 at-bats.
25. Tigers (59-84)
The free agent pitching class of 2016 has had a rough year, but Jordan Zimmermann has been okay for a bad team. He has a 4.03 ERA in 21 starts.
24. Reds (61-83)
Luis Castillo, a former Giants prospect, has been his 2017 self since the All-Star break, posting a 3.20 ERA.
23. Blue Jays (65-78)
The controversy over Josh Donaldson's trade is silly. Every team had a chance to claim him and none did, so tune out any anonymous whining you might hear if the Indians benefit in October.
22. Twins (65-77)
Ehire Adrianza is playing just about every day right now. He has a .249/.302/.374 slash line with six homers.
21. Rangers (61-82)
Old friend Matt Moore is having a brutal season in Arlington. Now pitching out of the bullpen, Moore has a 7.14 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. Opposing hitters are batting .312 against him.
20. Giants (68-76)
Bruce Bochy hates the term spoiler, but that's what they'll try to be. They host the Braves and Rockies this week and also play the Cardinals and Dodgers down the stretch.
19. Mets (65-77)
Zack Wheeler has finally figured it out, and boy is he living up to the hype. The pitcher traded for Carlos Beltran seven years ago is 7-1 in the second half with a 1.50 ERA.
18. Angels (71-72)
Shohei Ohtani is somehow a better hitter since finding out he needs Tommy John? The rookie has 19 homers in just 255 at-bats with a .964 OPS. He's also 8 for 10 stealing bases.
17. Pirates (71-71)
In his first minor league season with the Pirates, Bryan Reynolds batted .302 with a .819 OPS, seven homers, 18 doubles and three triples. He could be an option for the Pirates late next season.
16. Mariners (79-64)
Gordon Beckham, briefly a Giant, is back in the majors with Seattle. He's batting .222 in 14 appearances. We assume he still has good hair.
15. Nationals (71-72)
The perception seems to be that Bryce Harper's walk year hasn't been outstanding. Well, he has a .391 on-base percentage and 32 homers. He's still worth the hype.
14. Phillies (74-68)
Aaron Nola hasn't gone away in the Cy Young race. He has a 2.29 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 29 starts.
13. Rays (78-64)
One of the most surprising teams in baseball, in part because of Matt Duffy. He's batting .297 with four homers, 20 doubles and 10 stolen bases.
12. Diamondbacks (76-66)
They all of a sudden have major bullpen issues at the back end. What once looked like a strength could cost them an NL West title.
11. Cardinals (79-64)
Adam Wainwright (elbow) has made just four starts this season but will be activated Monday and return to their rotation for the stretch run.
10. Rockies (78-64)
Matt Holliday is back, and he's still good? The 38-year-old is batting .355 with a pair of homers in 12 games.
9. Dodgers (78-65)
They're the most talented team in the division but have been unable to pull away. It's very likely that the Giants will have a chance to impact the Dodgers' postseason chances over the final three games of the season at AT&T Park.
8. Braves (79-64)
Monday brings a matchup between Dereck Rodriguez and the man who will likely take the Rookie of the Year award he wants. Ronald Acuna Jr. has 25 homers in just 92 big league games.
7. Brewers (82-62)
They did what they had to do over the weekend, sweeping the Giants. Now they start a series with the first-place Cubs.
6. Indians (81-62)
Jose Ramirez is the best player nobody pays attention to. He has a .970 OPS, 37 homers and 30 stolen bases. He's a legit MVP candidate in the American League.
5. Cubs (83-59)
They're still probably the best team in the NL, and they've done all this with just 11 homers from Kris Bryant, who has dealt with injuries this season.
4. A's (87-57)
Cory Gearrin gave up two runs in his first appearance for the A’s but followed that with two scoreless outings. His ERA for the season is down to 3.64.
3. Yankees (89-54)
Andrew McCutchen hit a couple of homers over the weekend but has just three hits in his first eight games in pinstripes. His Instagram is still gold, though.
2. Astros (89-54)
The Giants are focused on adding hitters, but if they strike out there and the price comes down on starting pitching, how ‘bout a run at Dallas Keuchel. At 30, he could be looking at a short-term deal with a high annual salary.
1. Red Sox (98-46)
The Yankees are probably going to win 100 games, and yet the Red Sox will clinch the division with plenty of time to spare. Their magic number is 11 after a walk-off Sunday night.