MLB Power Rankings: See where Red Sox stand with one month left
One month remains of the 2019 MLB season, and the Boston Red Sox are fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot.
The defending World Series champions currently sit 5.5 games behind in the American League wild-card race after winning seven of their last 10. They'll look to gain more ground during this weekend's series vs. the Angels in Anaheim.
It wasn't long ago that many believed the Red Sox' playoff hopes were dashed. Now, they're in a position to make a run. Here's where Boston -- along with the rest of the league -- stands as we prepare for the final month of the regular season. . .
30. Detroit Tigers (39-92)
(Last month: 30)
Nothing to see here, folks. The Tigers are in the midst of a big-time rebuild.
29. Baltimore Orioles (44-89)
(Last month: 29)
The Orioles again avoid the bottom of the barrel but make no mistake, this is a team that deserves to be relegated. They've already set the record for most home runs allowed in a season. It's August.
28. Kansas City Royals (47-88)
(Last month: 28)
Kansas City has a couple of standout players in Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler, but overall this is a horrendous baseball team.
27. Miami Marlins (48-85)
(Last month: 26)
The Marlins have a few bright spots on the roster, though it'll be quite a while before they're back to being competitive.
26. Toronto Blue Jays (54-81)
(Last month: 27)
Give it a couple years. Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Cavan Biggio have Jays fans excited about what's to come.
25. Seattle Mariners (57-78)
(Last month: 25)
Remember when the Mariners looked like the best team in baseball in that opening series vs. the Red Sox?
24. Pittsburgh Pirates (57-77)
(Last month: 23)
The Pirates have come crashing back down to earth following their solid first half of the season.
23. Chicago White Sox (60-73)
(Last month: 24)
Slowly but surely, the young White Sox are developing into a formidable group. I expect them to take another big step in the right direction next season.
22. Colorado Rockies (59-76)
(Last month: 22)
It's been a disastrous season for a Rockies team many expected to at least compete for an NL West title this year. Instead, they're at the bottom of the division.
21. Los Angeles Angels (64-71)
(Last month: 16)
Mike Trout has a league-leading 43 home runs. That's pretty much the only thing you need to know about Angels baseball right now.
20. Texas Rangers (65-70)
(Last month: 18)
Once upon a time, the Rangers looked like an AL wild-card contender. Needless to say, that is no longer the case.
19. San Diego Padres (62-71)
(Last month: 21)
The NL version of the White Sox has plenty of reasons to be excited about the future. Chris Paddack, Fernando Tatis, and the rest of their young talent has been a joy to watch.
18. Cincinnati Reds (63-70)
(Last month: 20)
The Reds have plenty to be proud of this year, especially pitching-wise. Once they bolster their offense, they'll be serious contenders in the NL Central.
17. San Francisco Giants (65-68)
(Last month: 15)
Give the Giants credit, they've really exceeded expectations this year. Unfortunately, they may regret not trading Madison Bumgarner when they had the chance this summer.
16. Arizona Diamondbacks (68-66)
(Last month: 17)
Ketel Marte is one of the most underrated players in the game right now. If there's any reason to tune into a D-Backs game, he's it.
15. Milwaukee Brewers (68-65)
(Last month: 13)
The Brew Crew has fallen behind in the NL Central and now is on the verge of missing the postseason altogether.
14. New York Mets (67-66)
(Last month: 19)
These next couple of weeks will be crucial for the Mets, who are set to face off against fellow wild-card competitors Philadelphia and Washington. They've put themselves in a much tougher spot by dropping six straight games.
13. Philadelphia Phillies (69-63)
(Last month: 12)
The Phillies will be one of several teams battling it out in the NL wild-card race, and these next few weeks they'll need Bryce Harper to be the $330 million man they signed if they hope to be playing come October.
12. Boston Red Sox (72-62)
(Last month: 11)
The Red Sox still have their work cut out for them if they're to clinch a wild-card spot. But if they continue to play the way they have been over the last couple of weeks, they could surprise a lot of people. The starting rotation will be the difference-maker down the final stretch.
11. Chicago Cubs (72-61)
(Last month: 7)
Trade deadline addition Nicholas Castellanos has revitalized this Cubs lineup. As the calendar flips to September, the battle for the NL Central between the Cubs and Cardinals is going to be interesting.
10. St. Louis Cardinals (73-59)
(Last month: 9)
The Cardinals have seized control of the NL Central and should maintain their lead if they can keep up this pace. They've won eight of their last 10 games.
9. Tampa Bay Rays (77-58)
(Last month: 8)
The Rays have looked unimpressive as of late and have started losing some ground in the wild-card race. A tough series vs. the Indians, who currently have the top wild-card spot, awaits.
8. Washington Nationals (74-58)
(Last month: 14)
20-year-old Juan Soto has helped the Nationals overcome their disappointing first half and take over the top spot in the NL wild-card standings.
7. Oakland Athletics (77-56)
(Last month: 10)
The Red Sox aren't fond of the A's right about now as Oakland continues to find ways to win and stands in their way for a wild-card berth.
6. Cleveland Indians (79-55)
(Last month: 6)
Jose Ramirez's injury certainly won't do Cleveland any favors, but the Indians still have what it takes to steal a wild-card spot or maybe even overtake the Twins in the AL Central.
5. Minnesota Twins (82-51)
(Last month: 5)
Minnesota continues to mash. It'll need that mashing to last through September if it's to hold off the surging Indians in the AL Central.
4. Atlanta Braves (81-54)
(Last month: 3)
One of the most fun teams to watch in baseball, the Ronald Acuña-led Braves are going to make some noise in October.
3. New York Yankees (88-47)
(Last month: 4)
The Yankees are hitting homers at an alarming rate. The biggest question mark is their shaky starting rotation, but they're going to be a force to be reckoned with in the postseason.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (88-48)
(Last month: 2)
The Dodgers are poised to make it three straight World Series appearances, and there's no reason to believe that won't happen. The real question is whether they can finally break through and win the thing.
1. Houston Astros (87-48)
(Last month: 1)
There simply aren't any glaring weaknesses on this ballclub. Houston is more than ready to make yet another deep postseason run.