2019 MLB Power Rankings
2019 MLB Power Rankings
We're over a quarter of the way through the 2019 MLB season, can you believe it? With the calendar towards June, it's time to shuffle up the power rankings.
30. Baltimore Orioles
Major movement in the bottom three, as for just the second time all season, a team other than Miami finds itself in dead last.
The Orioles are .002 better than the Marlins in winning percentage but are nearly 20 runs worse in run-differential. That, combined with the most homer-prone pitching staff in MLB history, is enough to drop them to the cellar
29. Miami Marlins
The Marlins are moving up this week, but don’t put too much stock into it. This is much more a knock on the Orioles than it is a ringing endorsement of Miami’s roster.
28. Detroit Tigers
Another shakeup in the bottom three! The Tigers make their first appearance this low, though with the futility in Baltimore and Miami this is probably their floor.
The lineup is the culprit here, as the Tigers have, by far, the American League’s fewest runs scored.
27. Kansas City Royals
Kansas City has moved up in the power rankings, thanks to a run-differential 60 runs better than the Tigers, but the record hasn’t gotten any better.
26. Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have looked marginally better as of late, but a three-game losing streak is enough to keep them in the bottom five, along with two of their division-mates.
25. Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto keeps shuffling along, and not in a good way. They now sit eight games below .500, and unless Vladimir Guerrero Jr. goes supernova, there doesn’t appear to be any chances to improve their fortunes.
24. San Francisco Giants
The Giants are the most boring team to write about each week. Simply put, they are not good, as evidenced by their 21-26 record
They also have the third-worst offense in the National League.
23. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners have plummeted off a cliff, as they now find themselves in last place in the AL West, and their once-league-leading run-differential is down to -38.
22. Colorado Rockies
The offense has been just fine, but it hasn’t been good enough to make up for the third-most runs allowed in the National League.
21. Washington Nationals
The Nationals could still possibly turn things around, which is why they aren’t a few spots lower. FanGraphs actually has their playoff odds at essentially a one-in-three chance, remarkably high for a team 10 games under-.500.
20. Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh remains a simple team to watch. Their offense is atrocious, scoring the second-fewest runs in the NL, but their record is still halfway decent thanks to an overperforming rotation.
19. Cincinnati Reds
The Reds are still five games below-.500, yet they also still have a +25 run-differential. Until one of those numbers changes, I’m going to continue pointing out that one of those numbers is bound to change.
18. Los Angeles Angels
As usual, the most interesting thing about the Angels is Mike Trout, who is on pace for yet another season with a WAR in between 9 and 10.
17. Oakland Athletics
The A’s are finally on a hot streak, reeling off six straight wins. Of course, that only brings them to 25-25 on the season.
16. New York Mets
The Mets were swept by the Marlins, of all teams, so they should consider themselves lucky to even be this high.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks are still being buoyed by their offense, scoring the third-most runs in the National League through May 22.
14. Texas Rangers
The Rangers are another hot AL West team, with four straight wins and seven in their last 10. Not that it matters in the same division as the Astros.
13. San Diego Padres
The Padres continue to outperform their run-differential, keeping them in second place in their division, though the gap between them and the Dodgers has widened significantly.
12. Cleveland Indians
The Indians, especially Francisco Lindor, have played better baseball, but their deficit in the AL Central is all the way up to seven games, which will be difficult to overcome.
11. Atlanta Braves
The Braves continue to get strong pitching performances out of their youngsters. Most recently, it was Mike Soroka, twirling an 8-inning, 1-run gem Monday night.
10. Boston Red Sox
Boston keeps creeping back up week after week, and it would be a surprise at this point if they fell back out of the top 10, given their talent level.
9. Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee is playing a bit over their heads, but at 29-22 their record isn’t too far out of line with their +13 run-differential. Keston Hiura could be a nice young piece the rest of the way.
8. St. Louis Cardinals
It’s been bad luck leading to a 2-8 mark in their last 10 games, and St. Louis now sits at an unremarkable 24-24. Don’t expect that to last too long.
7. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies are finally creating some space in the division, though the Mets and Nationals falling off certainly helps. The offense remains one of the scariest in the National League.
6. Tampa Bay Rays
It’s time to drop the Rays a few spots, but they still look like one of the more pleasant surprises of 2019. Their run prevention has remained far and away the class of Major League Baseball in the first two months.
5. New York Yankees
The Yankees have hovered around no. 5 for several weeks in a row. They keep winning big, now leading the American League East, and they keep suffering brutal injuries. You hate to see it, but have to respect it.
4. Minnesota Twins
At 32-16, the Twins have completely earned their jump into the top 5, and they have the second-best run-differential in baseball. They’ve done it both at home and on the road, with eight losses coming at both the former and the latter.
3. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs, behind the National League’s fourth-best offense and second-best defense, have established themselves as true contenders in the Senior Circuit this season.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles has stayed hot, and the 19-6 home record still looks incredible. But they won’t be surpassing the no. 1 team anytime soon.
1. Houston Astros
Just the best record in baseball, the best run-differential, and a 9-1 mark in their last 10 games.
What more is there to say about the brilliance of these Astros? To shout out an often-overlooked piece, George Springer hitting 17 home runs by the middle of May is a nice surprise.