2017 MLB Power Rankings: Week 6
MLB Power Rankings: Week 6
While the Nationals, Yankees and Astros keep cruising, we're finally forced to knock the Cubs down on the Power Rankings, but how far?
30. San Diego Padres
Back in their rightful place in the cellar of the MLB, but it is cool to see Matt Szczur getting some regular run.
(Last week - 29)
29. San Francisco Giants
A solid week helps them finally climb out of the last spot on these rankings.
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28. Atlanta Braves
Your weekly Dansby Swanson update: .174 AVG, .489 OPS.
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27. Miami Marlins
Everybody was ready to herald Dee Gordon as a star after two good seasons in 2014-15, but he's hitting just .262/.305/.328 in 114 games the last two years.
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26. Philadelphia Phillies
It's not even June, but they're already talking about trading people away like Jeremy Hellickson, which would be wise. There's a definite advantage to be had from jumping the trade market.
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25. Pittsburgh Pirates
They're sinking further and further and are dangerously close to just blowing things up and waving the white flag for 2017.
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24. Oakland A's
A weekend sweep at the hands of the Rangers erases any delusions the A's had of reaching .500.
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23. Kansas City Royals
Close the week out on a four-game winning streak and they're approaching mediocrity once again.
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22. New York Mets
With the circus in New York, Michael Conforto's breakout (.343/.430/.686) has flown under the radar.
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21. Los Angeles Angels
Reason No. 5,679 Mike Trout is really good: He just became the youngest player in history to reach 150 homers and stolen bases.
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20. Seattle Mariners
They needed a big series against the Blue Jays to keep pace with the red-hot Astros and wound up losing all four over the weekend. Yikes.
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19. Toronto Blue Jays
A five-game winning streak helps give the Blue Jays a boost in these rankings and in real life, but also illustrates how awful their 12-21 start to the season was.
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18. Chicago White Sox
They're last in the majors in drawing walks, which helps explain some of their offensive woes.
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17. Cincinnati Reds
What a difference a week makes. Swept the Giants last week, ended this week by dropping three straight to the even-year crew.
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16. Tampa Bay Rays
They have some interesting pieces - especially if Kevin Kiermaier and Brad Miller regain their form - but it still doesn't seem like they can actually contend.
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15. Minnesota Twins
Byron Buxton is so good defensively, the Twins can still feel good penciling him in the lineup everyday and riding out his offensive struggles.
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14. Detroit Tigers
J.D. Martinez is back and mashing like the J.D. Martinez of old.
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13. Texas Rangers
A six-game winning streak gives the Rangers the title as the hottest team in baseball.
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12. Milwaukee Brewers
Slowly gaining on the Nationals for the best offense in the league with their slow-pitch softball identity (stealing that phrase from Mark Strotman).
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11. Chicago Cubs
We didn't just knock the defending champs out of the Top 5, but out of the Top 10 as well. Chances are, they'll turn things around and very well could wind up at No. 1 on this list two weeks from now. But they are currently below .500 in the third week of May with only a +2 run differential, so a drop in rankings was necessary.
(Last week - 4)
10. Boston Red Sox
Mookie Betts got out to something of a slow start, but hitting .302 with a 1.054 OPS in May and already has more RBI (14) in 13 games this month than April (11 RBI in 20 games).
(Last week - 9)
9. Arizona Diamondbacks
A.J. Pollock cannot stay healthy.
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8. Cleveland Indians
They've allowed the second-fewest runs in baseball. Pitching hasn't been the problem; the offense has, despite Michael Brantley's resurgence.
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7. St. Louis Cardinals
On May 4, the Cardinals were 13-14. They woke up Monday morning with a 21-15 record. That's how quickly things can turn around with talented teams who know how to win. *cough* Cubs *cough*
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If somebody said Kevin Gausman would have a 7.19 ERA in the third week of May, there'd be no way anybody would peg the Orioles to have the fifth-best record in baseball.
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5. Los Angeles Dodgers
Just imagine how good this team would be if they could figure out how to keep Rich Hill pitching without blisters or Joc Pederson providing a consistent presence on offense.
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4. Colorado Rockies
The more time passes, the more the Rockies look legit, especially with Ian Desmond and Mark Reynolds both gaining everyday at-bats.
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3. New York Yankees
Aaron Judge is awesome, but the real MVP of this team is Starlin Castro, who is hitting .338 with a .904 OPS, 7 HR and 25 RBI while spending a lot of time in the cleanup spot.
(Last week - 3)
2. Houston Astros
They're really starting to fire on all cylinders with Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman starting to show some power at the plate.
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1. Washington Nationals
When you look at this team's lineup and rotation, it looks perfect. That bullpen though...
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