2019 MLB Power Rankings
2019 MLB Power Rankings
There are just two weeks left in the regular season, so it's time for another update to this season's power rankings.
30. Detroit Tigers
The Tigers won this year’s Tank Bowl by decision, dropping two of four at home to the equally-woeful Orioles to help solidify their standing atop the race for the top pick in 2020.
29. Baltimore Orioles
The O’s needed to do a bit better (re: worse) against the Tigers to improve their odds at another top pick in the draft. Now, they likely have to settle for a top two pick.
28. Miami Marlins
With a record four games better than the O’s, and just 10 games left to play in 2019, Miami is all but locked in to the third pick in 2020.
27. Kansas City Royals
The Royals round out the bottom tier in baseball this season. These four have been as set in stone as the top tier in baseball this year, a remarkable bout of consistency from both the haves and the have nots.
26. Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh is riding baseball’s longest losing streak, having dropped six in a row, including a sweep at the hands of the Cubs in which they were outscored 47-15 over the course of just three games.
25. Chicago White Sox
Losing back to back series against Seattle and Kansas City is as sure a sign as any that Chicago is ready for this season to be over.
24. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners have won five in a row, but don’t be fooled; all five wins have come against the White Sox and Pirates, two other franchises also playing out the string in 2019.
23. Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto has won four straight and five of six. Three of those wins came against the Orioles, of course, but two came against the Yankees.
It won’t save them from a top-five draft pick next season, though.
23. Colorado Rockies
Nolan Arenado’s ho-hum season with two weeks left? 40 home runs, 117 RBI and a .314 average. The guy is a machine.
21. San Diego Padres
Manny Machado is mired in a terrible slump, and his 3.0 WAR in 2019 has to be considered a major disappointment after his huge contract in the offseason.
20. Los Angeles Angels
Mike Trout is now out for the rest of the season, which means you are hereby exempt from watching Angels games until 2020.
19. San Francisco Giants
For what seems like the 20th straight year (I know it’s only like the third), the Giants couldn’t commit fully to rebuilding leaving them with a pick in the teens in the 2020 draft instead of having a chance to add some real, elite talent to the pipeline.
18. Texas Rangers
Texas has lost five straight, and we now have just six games left at the Ballpark in Arlington.
17. Cincinnati Reds
At this point, I’m definitely rooting for the Reds to finish the season with a positive run-differential despite a record at least 10 games below-.500.
16. Milwaukee Brewers
The season-ending injury to Yelich seemed like a death knell at the time, but Milwaukee has won eight of its last 10 games and still finds itself with a 60% chance at the postseason.
15. Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia may finish above-.500, but this has to be considered an overwhelmingly disappointing season for them.
Bryce Harper’s 3.6 WAR is nearly as surprising as Machado’s 3.0, making both of the offseason’s historic signings relative disappointments.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks
I don’t know if Tony Lovullo should be commended for keeping the Diamondbacks in contention so long despite an utter lack of preseason expectations, or if he should be judged for leading Arizona to a 78-75 record despite a plus-55 run-differential.
13. New York Mets
Despite a season full of struggles, New York finds itself still on the periphery of the postseason race, though it would take a relative miracle for them to make it at this point. deGrom looks poised to compete for another Cy Young, at the very least.
12. Boston Red Sox
Mookie Betts is having a down season, and he still might finish with 30 homers, 80 RBI, 130 runs(!!), 100 walks and a .290 batting average. His floor is as high as anyone’s in baseball other than Trout.
11. Chicago Cubs
Chicago is locked in multiple races, three games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and 1.5 games behind the Nationals in the NL Wild Card race.
Thankfully for fans of meaningful September baseball, the Cubs and Cardinals play seven times in the season’s final 10 games. Buckle up.
10. Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays finish with four against Boston, two against the Yankees and three in Toronto, so it won’t be an easy task to outlast the A’s and Indians in the AL Wild Card race.
9. Cleveland Indians
The season-ending series with the Nationals will be particularly intriguing if both parties are still fighting for their postseason lives. The Indians have been hot as of late, winning eight of their last 10.
Of course, the two losses came to the Twins.
8. Oakland Athletics
For believers in run-differential, the A’s are perhaps a top-five team in baseball, with a wide gap between them and the team with the sixth-best differential. Even just looking at the standings, the A’s somehow remain one of the most underrated great teams in the sport.
7. Washington Nationals
A 3-4 record in the last week against a slew of great teams means status quo for the Nats this week. They still control their own destiny in the NL Wild Card race, a statement no other team can make.
A three-game series in Miami is just what the doctor ordered.
6. St. Louis Cardinals
Jack Flaherty’s second-half surge continues, as he’s riding a 1.06 ERA in 85.1 innings since the All-Star break, with 107 strikeouts and 19 walks. He looks like a true ace enjoying a legitimate breakout.
5. Atlanta Braves
Atlanta is a hot finish away from finishing the season with 100 wins, which would be an impressive accomplishment from this roster.
Even more impressive, on an individual level, would be a 40-40 season from Ronald Acuna Jr. if he gets the final few necessary steals.
4. Minnesota Twins
The Twins have already set the record for most team home runs in a single season, though the Yankees are right on their tail to see who comes away with the new mark.
3. New York Yankees
It’s kind of boring keeping the rankings so similar week after week, but the truth is we know almost everything we’re going to know about these teams. The Yankees have looked like baseball’s third-best team for months now, which is why they haven’t moved in so long.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Likely one of three teams to win 100 games this season, the Dodgers have been in “prepping for the postseason” mode for weeks at this point. The only thing to look out for is the Braves stealing home field advantage, but that doesn’t seem particularly likely.
1. Houston Astros
The first team to actually reach 100 wins this season, the Astros have won five straight and look unbeatable heading into the end of the season.
That’s not to say they actually are unbeatable, but they do look it.