2019 MLB Power Rankings
30. Detroit Tigers (LW 30)
It was a brutal year, but 2019 could feature Casey Mize, Matt Manning, and Riley Greene, so the Tigers might be fun again soon?
29. Baltimore Orioles (LW 29)
It’s sort of depressing to realize that they’ll probably be pretty close to this bad next year, too.
28. Miami Marlins (LW 28)
Don Mattingly’s out here taking pay cuts to continue working for Derek Jeter.
27. Kansas City Royals (LW 27)
Adios, Ned Yost. Is Mike Matheny really the guy you want in the dugout for the next wave of young Royals players?
26. Pittsburgh Pirates (LW 21)
They’re 1-9 in the last 10, and will probably end the year with the NL’s second-worst run differential. They were fighting for a division lead at the All-Star break!
25. Toronto Blue Jays (LW 26)
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Blue Jays make some noise this offseason. The core’s already in place.
24. Seattle Mariners (LW 25)
It feels like there should be more attention given to Felix Hernandez’s last start in Seattle on Thursday.
23. Chicago White Sox (LW 24)
You can do much worse than Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech heading into 2020.
22. Colorado Rockies (LW 23)
Kyle Freeland’s arbitration will be a fascinating one to watch.
21. Los Angeles Angels (LW 22)
Is this the last week of Kole Calhoun’s Angels career?
20. San Diego Padres (LW 20)
Andy Green got a bum deal. The Joe Maddon rumors make almost too much sense?
19. Texas Rangers (LW 18)
Farewell, Globe Life Field. We’ll miss that distinct way it felt like the surface of the sun.
18. San Francisco Giants (LW 19)
Which team going to throw irresponsible amounts of money at Madison Bumgarner?
17. Cincinnati Reds (LW 17)
It feels like maybe José Iglesias played himself out of Cincinnati’s price range this winter.
16. Philadelphia Phillies (LW 16)
Rhys Hoskins is going to get offered in trades for, like, half of MLB’s starters this offseason.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks (LW 14)
Arizona’s farm is sneaky good, and they have more than a few trade chips still on the roster. If someone’s going to push the Dodgers for the NL West pennant in the next couple years, it’s looking like them.
14. New York Mets (LW 15)
Mickey Callaway just sort of feels doomed to be fired, right?
13. Chicago Cubs (LW 11)
What a disastrous homestand, and now a big winter reboot is coming. Sad times in Wrigleyville.
12. Boston Red Sox (LW 13)
Jed Hoyer returns?!
11. Milwaukee Brewers (LW 12)
They’ve won 8 of 10 and probably earned a playoff spot. AND Green Bay’s 3-0.
10. St. Louis Cardinals (LW 9)
What a statement they made this weekend in Wrigley. Adam Wainwright has quietly been having another stellar second half.
9. Washington Nationals (LW 10)
If they can get through another sure-to-be-stressful Wild Card game, their roster stacks up with any in the NL. But it’s going to get weird first. It always does.
8. Cleveland Indians (LW 8)
Oscar Mercado’s put the finishing touches on a great rookie season, hitting .329 with four home runs and 16 RBI in the month of September.
7. Tampa Bay Rays (LW 6)
People STILL aren’t going to Rays games. What’s it going to take?
6. Oakland Athletics (LW 7)
Name to watch in Oakland this October? J.B. Wendelken.
5. Minnesota Twins (LW 4)
Max Kepler back?!
4. Atlanta Braves (LW 5)
A Josh Donaldson extension is a no-brainer, right?
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (LW 2)
It’s less of a big deal now that he’s probably their 3rd starter, but Clayton Kershaw struggling as October nears is still a huge bummer, not to mention dreadful for Dodgers fans.
2. New York Yankees (LW 3)
Gleyber Torres avoided major injury AND a Gary Sanchez return is right around the corner. Finally some good injury news in New York!
1. Houston Astros (LW 1)
Are they really going to give a struggling Wade Miley postseason innings? Do they have much of a choice?