MLB Power Rankings: Here's where Red Sox stand at midseason mark
We’ve officially reached the 2019 season’s midpoint as the Red Sox will play their 81st game of the year Tuesday night vs. the White Sox.
It’s been an underwhelming campaign thus far for the defending World Series champions, who currently sit in third place in the American League East. Just when it looks like they’ve turned a corner, something goes awry. This time, it was dropping two of three to the lowly Blue Jays at home following a series win over the Twins.
While their season hasn’t been up to par with expectations, the Red Sox very much remain in the mix for a playoff spot come October. But how do they measure up to the rest of the league?
Let’s find out in this month’s power rankings. . .
30. Baltimore Orioles (22-56)
(Last month: 29)
Back in the cellar go the Orioles, who have far and away been the worst team in baseball up to this point.
29. Kansas City Royals (27-52)
(Last month: 28)
Like the Orioles, it’s just been a miserable season in Kansas City.
28. Detroit Tigers (26-47)
(Last month: 27)
The only reason to keep tabs on the Tigers this season is to see who they deal at the deadline. Two intriguing trade candidates are Nicholas Castellanos and closer Shane Greene, a potential option for the Red Sox.
27. Miami Marlins (30-46)
(Last month: 30)
What if I told you the Marlins have had one of the National League’s best pitching staffs in June? Wildly enough, it’s true. That has them up a few spots in the midseason rankings.
26. Toronto Blue Jays (29-50)
(Last month: 25)
They took two of three from the Red Sox and their star rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, so they’re still finding ways to stay relevant.
25. Seattle Mariners (35-47)
(Last month: 23)
Remember when the Mariners were the best team in baseball to start the season? That was fun. Now, they’ve shipped Edwin Encarnacion to the Bronx and are committed to a full-blown rebuild.
24. San Francisco Giants (33-44)
(Last month: 26)
All eyes are on Madison Bumgarner as one of the biggest names likely to be moved before the trade deadline. Also, it’s worth noting former Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz is 2-8 with a 6.79 ERA in 14 starts.
23. Chicago White Sox (36-40)
(Last month: 24)
Can’t help but wonder where the White Sox would be if Carlos Rodon and former Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech both were healthy. I’m not saying they’d be a playoff team, but they sure would be an interesting team to keep an eye on.
Chicago has some really intriguing pieces, including rookie Eloy Jimenez and breakout Cy Young award candidate Lucas Giolito.
22. Pittsburgh Pirates (36-40)
(Last month: 13)
Josh Bell and rookie Bryan Reynolds have the Pirates sticking around in the tight NL Central, but this is a team with no pitching that should begin losing ground in the division sooner rather than later.
21. New York Mets (37-42)
(Last month: 15)
The Mets’ dysfunction reached a new level this week when manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas lost their cool with a reporter. Their on-the-field product hasn’t been much better, with the exception of rookie phenom Pete Alonso, of course.
20. Arizona Diamondbacks (40-40)
(Last month: 14)
Ketel Marte is the hottest hitter in baseball at the moment and is single-handedly making the DBacks appointment television.
19. San Diego Padres (38-40)
(Last month: 18)
Manny Machado’s starting to look like the player the Padres signed to a huge deal in the offseason, and exciting rookies Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack both make this a team worth checking in on.
18. Los Angeles Angels (39-40)
(Last month: 16)
Mike Trout is having yet another MVP-caliber season, but the Angels still are suffering from a severe lack of pitching.
17. Cincinnati Reds (36-40)
(Last month: 21)
The Reds just swept the Astros and Yasiel Puig has been raking lately, so Cincinnati certainly is a fun team to watch right about now as they sit six games out in the NL Central.
16. Washington Nationals (37-40)
(Last month: 20)
The Nats have been playing better baseball as of late, but that isn’t saying much. They’re still the very definition of mediocre.
15. Oakland Athletics (41-38)
(Last month: 17)
Losing starter Frankie Montas to an 80-game PED suspension is a big blow to a team hanging tough in the AL Wild Card race.
14. Colorado Rockies (41-37)
(Last month: 19)
The Rockies suffered a big loss with shortstop Trevor Story recently being placed on the injured list. With the division pretty much already out of reach, they’ll hope to keep their heads above water and stay in the mix for a Wild Card spot.
13. Philadelphia Phillies (40-38)
(Last month: 5)
No team has struggled more as of late than the Phillies, who quickly have gone from division leaders to sitting 6.5 games behind the Braves. There’s too much talent on this roster for these issues to last, but it’s undoubtedly a concern that they can’t seem to figure it out.
12. Texas Rangers (42-36)
(Last month: 22)
If you told me before the season that the Rangers would be sniffing the top 10 in these rankings at any point, I would’ve called you crazy, but here we are. Texas has greatly exceeded expectations and could be a surprise Wild Card contender.
11. Cleveland Indians (43-35)
(Last month: 12)
While the Twins still are the class of the division, the Indians are getting hot at exactly the right time.
10. St. Louis Cardinals (40-37)
(Last month: 10)
The Cardinals’ offense has underperformed so far this season, but they’re still very much in the mix and should be buyers at the trade deadline.
9. Boston Red Sox (43-37)
(Last month: 11)
Still in third place in the American League East, the Red Sox need to address bullpen concerns before the trade deadline. They also need to start playing better at Fenway Park, where they’ve gone just 19-19 thus far.
If neither situation improves, Boston could find itself on the outside looking in come the postseason.
8. Milwaukee Brewers (42-36)
(Last month: 8)
Christian Yelich, Mike Moustakas, and Yasmani Grandal are all raking, but Milwaukee still needs pitching and will have to make a move to acquire a big arm ahead the trade deadline.
7. Chicago Cubs (43-35)
(Last month: 7)
The Cubs stay in the No. 7 spot as they hold the lead in the crowded National League Central.
6. Tampa Bay Rays (45-33)
(Last month: 6)
The Rays will need their ace Blake Snell to get back on the right track if they’re going to stick this high in the rankings, but they remain one of baseball’s best clubs.
5. Atlanta Braves (46-33)
(Last month: 9)
Atlanta is the hottest team in baseball and can be expected to stick around the top five for the foreseeable future.
4. Minnesota Twins (50-27)
(Last month: 4)
The Twins maintain their spot at No. 4 as they remain at the top of the American League Central and continue to slug homers at an alarming rate.
3. Houston Astros (49-30)
(Last month: 1)
The Astros have scuffled a bit as of late, but they should be just fine going forward. For now though, those struggles will cost Houston a couple spots.
2. New York Yankees (50-28)
(Last month: 3)
The Yankees already were rolling before Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge’s return from injury. Now, they can start to pull away from the rest of the division.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (54-26)
(Last month: 2)
The Dodgers are getting contributions from seemingly everyone on their roster as they assert their dominance over the rest of the league. They’ve established themselves as the clear top dog at the midpoint of this season.