MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox bounce back after slow start
It was a dismal start to the 2019 campaign for the defending champions, but they seem to have turned things around.
The Red Sox are 12-5 in the month of May and suddenly are back in the mix in the American League East race. After a sluggish April, this finally is beginning to look like the club that won 108 games en route to a World Series title a year ago.
That said, there's still work to be done if the Red Sox hope to climb back into the top five in our power rankings. Here's how Boston and the other 29 teams rank with a quarter of the season complete. . .
For last month's rankings, click here.
30. Miami Marlins (13-31)
(Last month: 30)
The Marlins recently swept the Mets, but don’t let that fool you. They still stink. . .
29. Baltimore Orioles (15-32)
(Last month: 29)
. . . and so do the Orioles.
28. Kansas City Royals (16-31)
(Last month: 28)
Nothing to write home about with the Royals either. They’re at the bottom of the barrel right along with the Marlins and O’s.
27. Detroit Tigers (18-26)
(Last month: 25)
The last time we did these power rankings, the Tigers were only 1.5 games back in the AL Central. They now are 11 games behind the Twins.
One bright spot has been Matthew Boyd, who has turned himself into a legitimate front-end starter.
26. San Francisco Giants (20-26)
(Last month: 27)
The only exciting storylines in San Francisco this year are the inevitable Madison Bumgarner trade and former Red Sox great Pablo Sandoval hitting homers and pitching scoreless innings.
25. Toronto Blue Jays (19-28)
(Last month: 23)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can save ticket sales, but he can’t save the Blue Jays from an abysmal season.
24. Chicago White Sox (21-25)
(Last month: 26)
The White Sox continue to be an afterthought in a less-than-stellar American League Central.
23. Seattle Mariners (23-27)
(Last month: 12)
After starting off the season surprisingly hot, the Mariners have come crashing back down to earth.
22. Texas Rangers (22-23)
(Last month: 21)
Joey Gallo has more home runs in his career than singles. That's the most exciting Rangers stat you'll hear all season.
21. Cincinnati Reds (21-26)
(Last month: 22)
The Reds have a +24 run differential but find themselves in the National League Central cellar. Their luck should turn around at some point this season.
20. Washington Nationals (19-28)
(Last month: 14)
Perhaps the most disappointing team of the season thus far, the Nationals are a mess. However, there's too much talent on this roster to assume their struggles will last all year long.
19. Colorado Rockies (20-25)
(Last month: 17)
The Rockies rotation is failing to live up to the lofty expectations it set a season ago, and the offense hasn't exactly been explosive either. Colorado has a lot of work to do if it's to compete for a playoff spot this year.
18. San Diego Padres (24-24)
(Last month: 18)
The Padres currently are third in the National League West and have one of the most fun-to-watch pitchers in all of baseball, Chris Paddack. Get familiar with the rookie if you haven't already.
17. Oakland Athletics (23-25)
(Last month: 19)
The A's have won four straight including a 17-run game vs. the Tigers. They'll aim to keep it going and separate themselves in a tightly-contested American League West.
16. Los Angeles Angels (22-25)
(Last month: 24)
The Angels have been playing well as of late thanks to the surprising production from Tommy La Stella and Brian Goodwin. Unfortunately, Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani suffered injuries on Monday night and it could be a major blow to L.A. if either player is forced to miss significant time.
Also, the Mike Trout guy is still good at baseball.
15. New York Mets (21-25)
(Last month: 7)
The Mets were swept by the Marlins and manager Mickey Callaway's job is in jeopardy. That tells you about all you need to know about this team right now.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (25-23)
(Last month: 20)
Still one of the more surprising teams in the league, the Diamondbacks maintain a second-place spot in the NL West. Is it sustainable? Probably not, but give credit where it's due.
13. Pittsburgh Pirates (24-20)
(Last month: 15)
With all of the injuries the Pirates have dealt with this season, plus the fact they play in the league's most competitive division, you would think they'd be far below .500. Instead, they're four games above it.
Much of that has to do with Josh Bell being one of the hottest hitters in baseball and Felipe Vazquez being a shutdown closer. Just when it looks like Pittsburgh is doomed, someone steps up. Who knows how long that'll last, but it's been pretty impressive.
12. Cleveland Indians (25-21)
(Last month: 13)
Suddenly, Cleveland finds itself playing second fiddle in the American League Central behind the Twins. Outside of Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, the offense is mediocre at best. Fortunately for them, the rotation is still one of the game's best.
11. Boston Red Sox (25-22)
(Last month: 16)
The Red Sox have turned it around after their horrendous start to the campaign, going 12-5 so far in May. There still are some question marks (the back end of the bullpen being one of them) but overall things have significantly improved in Boston.
10. St. Louis Cardinals (24-23)
(Last month: 6)
St. Louis has lost some ground in the NL Central and much of that has to do with the rotation's struggles. The Cards might need to add a capable front-end starter in order to return to the top of the division standings.
9. Atlanta Braves (26-22)
(Last month: 8)
The Braves have a ton of talent, but still are in dire need of bullpen help. Until they get it, they'll have a tough time climbing in these rankings.
8. Milwaukee Brewers (28-21)
(Last month: 6)
Christian Yelich continues to put on a show, but the Brew Crew still needs to add some pitching. If only there were two premier free agents still out there that possibly could fix that.
7. Chicago Cubs (27-18)
(Last month: 11)
The Cubs have been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the last month or so. Kris Bryant is looking like his NL MVP self again, and that should scare the hell out of the rest of the National League.
6. Tampa Bay Rays (27-17)
(Last month: 3)
The Rays have been overtaken by the Yankees in the AL East, but they won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Expect it to be a thrilling three-team division race between the Rays, Yankees, and Red Sox for the remainder of the season.
5. Philadelphia Phillies (28-19)
(Last month: 5)
The Phillies have proven this season just how talented they are outside of Bryce Harper, who has underperformed through the first couple months of the season. When the 2018 version of Aaron Nola finally shows up, look out.
4. Minnesota Twins (31-16)
(Last month: 10)
Minnesota has won 11 of their last 15 games, scoring 99 runs in that span. So yeah, they're legit.
3. New York Yankees (29-17)
(Last month: 9)
The Yankees are in first place despite having a hilariously long list of players on the injured list. They'll need Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to return sooner rather than later if they hope to maintain that spot, but what they've done so far this season is beyond impressive.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (31-17)
(Last month: 2)
The Dodgers are running away with the National League West as they once again boast one of the most fearsome lineups in the game. That lineup includes Cody Bellinger, who is still hitting above .400 and has 17 homers on the year.
1. Houston Astros (32-16)
(Last month: 1)
The Astros had a 10-game win streak going until the Red Sox put that to an end on Sunday. Houston is firing all cylinders and remains the clear No. 1 team in the league.