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MLB PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS

In this article, I will be ranking every team in the MLB heading into the season.  I will also give my prediction of where each team will end up in their divisional standings, then what I believe each team’s ceiling and floor results are.  Lastly, I will add a range of 15 wins that I believe the team’s end of the season record will fall into.

1. Astros:

Standings: 1st in AL West

Ceiling: Winning the World Series

Floor: 3rd place in the AL West, loss in the ALDS

Win range: 94-109

2. Braves:

Standings: 1st in NL East

Ceiling: Winning the World Series

Floor: 3rd place in the NL East, loss in the NL Wild Card Round

Win range: 92-107

3. Padres:

Standings: 1st in NL West

Ceiling: Winning the World Series

Floor: 2nd place in the NL West, loss in the NL Wild Card Round

Win range: 91-106

4. Mets:

Standings: 2nd in NL East

Ceiling: Winning the World Series

Floor: 3rd place in the NL East, loss in the NL Wild Card Round

Win range: 91-106

5. Yankees:

Standings: 1st in AL East

Ceiling: Winning the World Series

Floor: 2nd place in the AL East, loss in the AL Wild Card Round

Win range: 90-105

6. Dodgers:

Standings: 2nd in NL West

Ceiling: Winning the World Series

Floor: 3rd place in the NL West, loss in the NL Wild Card Round

Win range: 90-105

7. Blue Jays:

Standings: 2nd in AL East

Ceiling: Winning the World Series

Floor: 4th place in the AL East, missing the playoffs

Win range: 87-102

8. Mariners:

Standings: 2nd in AL West

Ceiling: Winning the World Series

Floor: 4th place in the AL West, missing the playoffs

Win range: 86-101

9. Guardians:

Standings: 1st in AL Central

Ceiling: Winning the ALCS to reach the World Series

Floor: 3rd place in the AL Central, missing the playoffs

Win range: 86-101

10. Phillies:

Standings: 3rd in NL East

Ceiling: Winning the NLCS to reach the World Series

Floor: 4th place in the NL East, missing the playoffs

Win range: 85-100

11. Cardinals:

Standings: 1st in NL Central

Ceiling: Winning the NLCS to reach the World Series

Floor: 3rd place in the NL Central, missing the playoffs

Win range: 85-100

12. Angels:

Standings: 3rd in AL West

Ceiling: 1st place in the AL West, with an appearance in the ALCS

Floor: 4th place in the AL West, missing the playoffs

Win range: 83-98

13. Rays:

Standings: 3rd in AL East

Ceiling: 2nd place in the AL East, with an appearance in the ALCS

Floor: 4th place in the AL East, missing the playoffs

Win range: 82-97

14. Brewers: 

Standings: 2nd in NL Central

Ceiling: 1st place in the NL Central, with an appearance in the NLDS

Floor: 3rd place in the NL Central, missing the playoffs

Win range: 81-96

15. Orioles:

Standings: 4th in AL East

Ceiling: 2nd place in the AL East, with an appearance in the ALDS

Floor: Last place in the AL East, missing the playoffs

Win range: 80-95

16. Twins: 

Standings: 2nd in AL Central

Ceiling: 1st place in the AL Central, with an appearance in the ALDS

Floor: 4th place in the AL Central, missing the playoffs

Win range: 79-94

17. Giants:

Standings: 3rd in NL West

Ceiling: 2nd place in the NL West, with an appearance in the NL Wild Card round

Floor: 4th place in the NL West, missing the playoffs

Win range: 77-92

18. Rangers:

Standings: 4th in AL West

Ceiling: 2nd place in the AL West, with an appearance in the ALDS

Floor: 4th place in the AL West, missing the playoffs

Win range: 76-91

19. White Sox:

Standings: 3rd in AL Central

Ceiling: 2nd place in the AL Central, with an appearance in the ALDS

Floor: 4th place in the AL Central, missing the playoffs

Win range: 75-90

20. Cubs:

Standings: 3rd in NL Central

Ceiling: 2nd place in the NL Central, with an appearance in the NL Wild Card round

Floor: 

Win range: 73-88

21. Red Sox:

Standings: Last in AL East

Ceiling: 3rd place in the AL East, with an appearance in the AL Wild Card round

Floor: Last place in the AL East, missing the playoffs

Win range: 71-86

22. Diamondbacks:

Standings: 4th in NL West

Ceiling: 3rd place in the NL West, with an appearance in the NL Wild Card round

Floor: Last place in the NL West, missing the playoffs

Win range: 70-85

23. Marlins:

Standings: 4th in NL East

Ceiling: 3rd place in the NL East

Floor: 4th place in the NL East, missing the playoffs

Win range: 70-85

24. Royals:

Standings: 4th in AL Central

Ceiling: An above .500 season

Floor: Last place in the AL Central, missing the playoffs

Win range: 68-83

25. Tigers:

Standings: Last in AL Central

Ceiling: 4th place in the AL Central

Floor: Lats place in the AL Central, 95 losses

Win range: 68-83

26. Pirates:

Standings: 4th in NL Central

Ceiling: 3rd place in the NL Central

Floor: Last place in the NL Central, missing the playoffs

Win range: 67-82

27. Rockies:

Standings: Last in NL West

Ceiling: 4th place in the NL West

Floor: Worst record in MLB

Win range: 65-80

28. Reds:

Standings: Last in NL Central

Ceiling: 4th place in the NL Central

Floor: Worst record in MLB

Win range: 63-78

29. A’s:

Standings: Last in AL West

Ceiling: A record within five games of .500

Floor: Worst record in MLB

Win range: 61-76

30. Nationals:

Standings: Last in NL East

Ceiling: A record within five games of .500

Floor: Worst record in MLB

Win range: 59-74

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2023 WAY-TOO-EARLY MLB POWER RANKINGS (PART ONE)

In this article, I will be ranking every team in the MLB with what information we have available currently.  Any player that has not signed or re-signed with a team will not be listed on their former (or new) team. To support my overall rankings, I will also add in where I think each position group ranks based on current projected starters at each position (with the DH included as an infielder).  
*Projected starters are accounting for known injuries that will hold a player out for a large part of the season.

1. Astros:

IF: 2nd (DH - Brantley, C - Maldonado, 1B - Abreu, 2B - Altuve, 3B- Bregman,  SS - Pena)

OF: 3rd (LF - Alvarez, CF - McCormick, RF - Tucker)

Rotation: 4th (Valdez-Javier-McCullers-Garcia-Urquidy)

Bullpen: 1st

2. Yankees:

IF: 13th (DH - Stanton, C - Trevino, 1B - Rizzo, 2B - Torres, 3B - Donaldson, SS - Peraza)

OF: 4th (LF - Cabrera, CF - Bader, RF - Judge)

Rotation: 1st (Cole-Rodón-Severino-Cortes-Montas)

Bullpen: 2nd


3. Mets:

IF: 9th (DH - Vogelbach, C - Narvaez, 1B - Alonso, 2B - McNeil, 3B - Escobar, SS - Lindor)

OF: 6th (LF - Nimmo, CF - Marte, RF - Canha)

Rotation: 2nd (Verlander-Scherzer-Senga-Carrasco-Quintana)

Bullpen: 9th

4. Dodgers: 

IF: 8th (DH - Martinez, C - Smith, 1B - Freeman, 2B - Taylor, 3B - Muncy, SS - Lux)

OF: 9th (LF - Outman, CF - Thompson, RF - Betts)

Rotation: 7th (Kershaw-J. Urias-Gonsolin-Syndergaard-May)

Bullpen: 3rd

5. Braves: 

IF: 7th (DH - d’Arnaud, C - Murphy, 1B - Olson, 2B - Albies, 3B - Riley, SS - Grissom)

OF: 8th (LF - Rosario, CF - Harris II, RF - Acuna Jr.)

Rotation: 8th (Fried-Strider-Wright-Morton-Soroka)

Bullpen: 4th

6. Blue Jays:

IF: 4th (DH - Jansen, C - Kirk, 1B - Guerrero Jr., 2B - Espinal, 3B - Chapman, SS - Bichette)

OF: 5th (LF - Gurriel Jr., CF - Kiermaier, RF- Springer)

Rotation: 6th (Manoah-Gausman-Berrios-Bassitt-Kikuchi)

Bullpen: 12th

7. Guardians

IF: 3rd (DH - Bell, C - Zunino, 1B - Naylor, 2B - Giménez, 3B - Ramírez, SS - Rosario)

OF: 12th (LF - Kwan, CF - Straw, RF - Gonzalez)

Rotation: 10th (Bieber-McKenzie-Quantrill-Civale-Plesac)

Bullpen: 6th

8. Padres:

IF: 6th (DH - Campusano, C - Nola, 1B - Cronenworth, 2B - Kim, 3B - Machado, SS - Bogaerts)

OF: 2nd (LF - Tatis Jr., CF - Grisham, RF - Soto)

Rotation: 12th (Darvish-Musgrove-Snell-Martinez-Lugo)

Bullpen: 13th

9. Phillies:

IF: 1st (DH - Harper, C - Realmuto, 1B - Hoskins, 2B - Stott, 3B - Bohm, SS - Turner)

OF: 10th (LF - Schwarber, CF - Marsh, RF - Castellanos)

Rotation: 9th (Nola-Wheeler-Walker-Suárez-Falter)

Bullpen: 20th

10. Mariners: 

IF: 15th (DH - Moore, C - Raleigh, 1B - France, 2B - Wong, 3B - Suárez, SS - Crawford)

OF: 7th (LF - Kelenic, CF - Rodríguez, RF - Hernández)

Rotation: 11th (Castillo-Ray-Gilbert-Kirby-Gonzales)

Bullpen: 5th

11. Rays:

IF: 11th (DH - Ramírez, C - Bethancourt, 1B - Aranda, 2B - Lowe, 3B - Diaz, SS - Franco)

OF: 17th (LF - Arozarena, CF - Siri, RF - Margot)

Rotation: 5th (McClanahan-Glasnow-Rasmussen-Eflin-Springs)

Bullpen: 7th

12. Cardinals:

IF: 5th (DH - Yepez, C - Willson Contreras, 1B - Goldschmidt, 2B - Donovan, 3B - Arenado, SS - Edman)

OF: 11th (LF - O’Neill, CF - Carlson, RF - Nootbaar)

Rotation: 18th (Wainwright-Mikolas-Montgomery-Flaherty-Matz)

Bullpen: 11th

13. Brewers:

IF: 12th (DH - Winker, C - William Contreras, 1B - Tellez, 2B - Turang, 3B - L. Urias, SS - Adames)

OF: 19th (LF - Yelich, CF - Mitchell, RF - Taylor)

Rotation: 3rd (Burnes-Woodruff-Lauer-Peralta-Ashby)

Bullpen: 14th

14. Angels: 

IF: 19th (DH - Ohtani, C - Stassi, 1B - Walsh, 2B - Rengifo, 3B - Rendon, SS - Urshela)

OF: 1st (LF - Ward, CF - Trout, RF - Renfroe)

Rotation: 15th (Ohtani-Anderson-Sandoval-Suarez-Detmers)

Bullpen: 15th

15. Orioles:

IF: 21st (DH - Stowers, C - Rutschman, 1B - Mountcastle, 2B - Henderson, 3B - R. Urías, SS - Mateo)

OF: 13th (LF - Hays, CF - Mullins, RF - Santander)

Rotation: 21st (Gibson-Bradish-Kremer-Wells-Rodriguez)

Bullpen: 8th

16. Giants:

IF: 14th (DH - Pederson, C - Bart, 1B - Davis, 2B - Estrada, 3B - Crawford, SS - Correa)

OF: 18th (LF - Wade Jr., CF - Yastrzemski, RF- Haniger)

Rotation: 14th (Webb-Cobb-Manaea-Stripling-Wood)

Bullpen: 19th

17. White Sox:

IF: 18th (DH - Jimenez, C - Grandal, 1B - Vaughn, 2B - Gonzalez, 3B - Moncada, SS - Anderson)

OF: 20th (LF - Benintendi, CF - Robert, RF - Sheets) 

Rotation: 13th (Cease-Lynn-Giolito-Clevinger-Kopech)

Bullpen: 18th

18. Rangers:

IF: 10th (DH - Miller, C - Heim, 1B - Lowe, 2B - Semien, 3B - Jung, SS - Seager)

OF: 23rd (LF - Smith, CF - Taveras, RF - Garcia)

Rotation: 16th (DeGrom-Perez-Gray-Heaney-Odorizzi)

Bullpen: 17th

19. Twins:

IF: 17th (DH - Farmer, C - Vázquez, 1B - Arraez, 2B - Gordon, 3B - Miranda, SS - Polanco)

OF: 15th (LF - Gallo, CF - Buxton, RF - Kepler)

Rotation: 22nd (Gray-Ryan-Mahle-Maeda-Ober)

Bullpen: 16th

20. Red Sox:

IF: 16th (DH - Turner, C - McGuire, 1B - Casas, 2B - Arroyo, 3B - Devers, SS - Story)

OF: 21st (LF - Yoshida, CF - Hernández, RF - Verdugo)

Rotation: 20th (Sale-Pivetta-Whitlock-Paxton-Bello)

Bullpen: 21st

21. Cubs:

IF: 22nd (DH - Wisdom, C - Gomes, 1B - Rivas, 2B - Hoerner, 3B - Morel, SS - Swanson)

OF: 14th (LF - Happ, CF - Bellinger, RF - Suzuki)

Rotation: 24th (Stroman-Taillon-Hendricks-Steele-Sampson)

Bullpen: 23rd

22. Diamondbacks:

IF: 23rd (DH - Smith, C - Kelly, 1B - Walker, 2B - Marte, 3B - Rojas, SS - Ahmed)

OF: 16th (LF - Carroll, CF - Varsho, RF - McCarthy)

Rotation: 23rd (Gallen-Kelly-Bumgarner-Nelson-Jameson)

Bullpen: 26th

23. Marlins:

IF: 27th (DH - Soler, C - Stallings, 1B - Cooper, 2B - Chisholm Jr., 3B - Wendle, SS - Rojas)

OF: 26th (LF - Berti, CF - De La Cruz, RF - Garcia)

Rotation: 17th (Alcantara-López-Luzardo-Cabrera-Rogers)

Bullpen: 24th

24. Tigers:

IF: 30th (DH - Cabrera, C - Haase, 1B - Torkelson, 2B - Schoop, 3B - Kreidler, SS - Báez)

OF: 22nd (LF - Baddoo, CF - Greene, RF - Meadows)

Rotation: 19th (Skubal-Mize-Rodriguez-Boyd-Lorenzen)

Bullpen: 10th

25. Royals:

IF: 20th (DH - Melendez, C - Perez, 1B - Pasquantino, 2B - Lopez, 3B - Mondesi, SS - Witt Jr.)

OF: 29th (LF - Waters, CF - Taylor, RF - Olivares)

Rotation: 26th (Singer-Lynch-Yarbrough-B. Keller-Bubic)

Bullpen: 25th


26. Rockies:

IF: 29th (DH - Blackmon, C - Díaz, 1B - Cron, 2B - Rodgers, 3B - McMahon, SS - Tovar)

OF: 24th (LF - Bryant, CF - Daza, RF - Grichuk)

Rotation: 27th (Márquez-Freeland-Ureña-Feltner-Gomber)

Bullpen: 29th

27. Pirates:

IF: 24th (DH - Santana, C - Hedges, 1B - Choi, 2B - Castro, 3B - Hayes, SS - Cruz)

OF: 25th (LF - Suwinski, CF - Reynolds, RF - Mitchell)

Rotation: 30th (Contreras-M. Keller-Velasquez-Brubaker-Wilson)

Bullpen: 27th

28. A’s:

IF: 26th (DH - Díaz, C - Langeliers, 1B - Brown, 2B - Kemp, 3B - Peterson, SS - Allen)

OF: 27th (LF - Capel, CF - Ruiz, RF - Laureano)

Rotation: 25th (Irvin-Blackburn-Waldichuk-Kaprielian-Muller)

Bullpen: 28th

29. Nationals:

IF: 28th (DH - Alu, C - Ruiz, 1B - Meneses, 2B - Garcia, 3B - Candelario, SS - Abrams)

OF: 28th (LF - Call, CF - Robles, RF - Thomas)

Rotation: 28th (Gray-Corbin-Williams-Cavalli-Gore)

Bullpen: 22nd

30. Reds:

IF: 25th (DH - Fraley, C - Stephenson, 1B - Votto, 2B - India, 3B - Moustakas, SS - Newman)

OF: 30th (LF - Friedl, CF - Senzel, RF - Fairchild)

Rotation: 29th (Greene-Lodolo-Cessa-Ashcraft-Dunn)

Bullpen: 30th

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POWER RANKING THE POWER 6

Before the college basketball season starts, I am ranking the relative strength of the top six conferences.

1. Big 12:

The Big 12 is clearly the strongest conference from top to bottom in all of college basketball. In my preseason bracketology, I have two Big 12 teams in the top six (No. 5 Kansas and No. 6 Baylor), four teams in the top 15 (No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Baylor, No. 11 TCU and No. 14 Texas), and five teams in the top 21 (No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Baylor, No. 11 TCU, No. 14 Texas and No. 21 Texas Tech). For a conference with only ten teams, having five teams in the top 21 is extremely impressive. Add in Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Iowa State to make potential runs at the NCAA Tournament as well, and you have a conference with multiple title contenders and depth. 


2. ACC:

The ACC is set to have a resurgence this season after what could be described as a down year last year. To start the season, I am projecting eight ACC teams to make the NCAA Tournament, and I have North Carolina as the top national seed as well. Add in Duke as another top two seed and the ACC profiles similarly to the Big 12, but without as much quality at the top of the conference. The ACC still has a lot of teams toward the bottom of the tournament picture as well, contributing to the depth of the conference. Similar to the Big 12, multiple title contenders and also depth throughout the conference makes the ACC one of the best conferences heading into this season.


3. SEC:

The SEC has five preseason top 25 teams (No. 4 Kentucky, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 15 Auburn and No. 20 Alabama), as well as Texas A&M, who sits at 112 votes, just 10 votes behind No. 25 Texas Tech. I am projecting seven of the SEC’s 14 teams to make the tournament, with Florida as a bubble team joining the other six teams (who are all top seven seeds).  The SEC is ranked lower than the Big 12 and ACC because they are about equal to both conferences in top-level depth, but the ACC and Big 12 have more tournament hopefuls and better overall quality than the SEC does.


4. Big Ten:

This year is going to be a down year for the Big Ten as a conference. Last year, Purdue, Michigan and Illinois were all in the top eleven of the preseason AP Top 25, with Ohio State and Maryland also in the top 25 (and Michigan State as the first team out). This year, the Big Ten’s highest ranked preseason team is No. 13 Indiana, with just three teams in the entire top 25 (No. 22 Michigan and No. 23 Illinois join Indiana). The Big Ten still has good depth (I’m predicting nine teams in the tournament), but there is a good chance that the Big Ten does not have any top three (or even four) seeds in the tournament. The depth keeps the Big Ten above the final two conferences, but without clarity at the top of the conference, I cannot put the Big Ten above the SEC, ACC or Big 12.


5. Big East:

I would not describe this year as a down year for the Big East, but the relative strength of the other top conferences is knocking down the Big East in these rankings. While the Big East has a top ten team (No. 9 Creighton) and another top 20 team (No. 17 Villanova), I only have five Big East teams making the tournament. There is an overall lack of depth in this conference, and the quality of the top teams is not anywhere near the level of the Big 12, ACC and SEC. If Villanova joins Creighton as a top ten team by the end of the season, and St. John’s moves off the bubble and solidly into the tournament field, the Big East can get back to their normal standards, and can surpass a few of the conferences currently ranked ahead of them.


6. Pac-12:

After UCLA (No. 2) and Oregon (No. 13) made the preseason top 15 prior to the start of last season, those same teams are two of the Pac-12’s three top 25 representatives this season as well. This year, however, Arizona (No. 17) is joining UCLA (No. 8) and Oregon (No. 21) in the preseason top 25. However, I am projecting USC as the only Pac-12 team to sneak into the tournament with UCLA, Arizona and Oregon. I think USC is going to do so at the higher end of the bubble. I do not believe the Pac-12 features any tournament teams in the middle of the conference besides USC, and to move up on this list later in the season, Stanford, Colorado, Arizona State, or some other team will have to step up and make the Pac-12 a conference with at least five tournament teams.

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (10/19/22)

1. Astros (AL No. 1)

Previous Ranking: 2


2. Yankees (AL No. 2)

Previous Ranking: 3


3. Phillies (NL No. 6)

Previous Ranking: 5


4. Padres (NL No. 5)

Previous Ranking: 7

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (10/12/22)

1. Dodgers (NL No. 1)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Astros (AL No. 1)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Yankees (AL No. 2)

Previous Ranking: 4


4. Braves (NL No. 2)

Previous Ranking: 3

5. Phillies (NL No. 6)

Previous Ranking: 11


6. Mariners (AL No. 5)

Previous Ranking: 10


7. Padres (NL No. 5) 

Previous Ranking: 9


8. Guardians (AL No. 3)

Previous Ranking: 8

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2022 MLB AWARDS BALLOT

With MLB’s postseason starting in just a few hours, it is now finally time to reveal my picks for MLB awards. I will be treating this as a mock ballot as if I was a member of BBWAA in 2022. As such, for each league, I will be listing my top ten candidates for MVP, top five candidates for Cy Young, and top three candidates for both Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year.

Without further ado, I will start with awards in the American League.


AL MVP:

1st - Aaron Judge, NYY

2nd - Shohei Ohtani, LAA

3rd - Yordan Alvarez, HOU

4th - Jose Altuve, HOU

5th - Andrés Giménez, CLE

6th - Mike Trout, LAA 

7th - José Ramírez, CLE

8th - Julio Rodriguez, SEA

9th - Xander Bogaerts, BOS

10th - Rafael Devers, BOS


AL Cy Young:

1st - Justin Verlander - HOU

2nd - Dylan Cease - CWS

3rd - Shohei Ohtani, LAA

4th - Alek Manoah, TOR

5th - Shane McClanahan, TBR


AL Rookie of the Year:

1st - Julio Rodriguez, SEA

2nd - Adley Rutschman, BAL

3rd - Steven Kwan, CLE


AL Manager of the Year:

1st - Aaron Boone, NYY

2nd -  Brandon Hyde, BAL

3rd - Terry Francona, CLE


Now, I will move on to the National League.


NL MVP:

1st - Paul Goldschmidt, STL

2nd - Freddie Freeman, LAD

3rd - Manny Machado, SD

4th - Nolan Arenado, STL

5th - Mookie Betts, LAD

6th - Austin Riley, ATL

7th - Trea Turner, LAD

8th - Francisco Lindor, NYM

9th - Dansby Swanson, ATL

10th - Pete Alonso, NYM


NL Cy Young:

1st - Sandy Alcántara, MIA

2nd - Zac Gallen, ARI

3rd - Julio Urías, LAD

4th - Max Fried, ATL

5th - Max Scherzer, NYM


NL Rookie of the Year:

1st - Michael Harris III, ATL

2nd - Spencer Strider, ATL

3rd - Lars Nootbaar, STL


NL Manager of the Year:

1st - Dave Roberts, LAD

2nd - Buck Showalter, NYM

3rd - Oliver Marmol, STL

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (10/5/22)

1. Dodgers (110-51)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Astros (105-56)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Braves (101-60)

Previous Ranking: 3


4. Yankees (99-62)

Previous Ranking: 5


5. Mets (100-61)

Previous Ranking: 4


6. Cardinals (93-68)

Previous Ranking: 6


7. Blue Jays (91-69)

Previous Ranking: 8


8. Guardians (91-70)

Previous Ranking: 7


9. Padres (89-72) 

Previous Ranking: 9


10. Mariners (89-72)

Previous Ranking: 11


11. Phillies (87-74)

Previous Ranking: 12


12. Rays (86-75)

Previous Ranking: 10


13. Brewers (86-75)

Previous Ranking: 13


14. Orioles (82-78)

Previous Ranking: 14


15. White Sox (81-80)

Previous Ranking: 16


16. Giants (80-81)

Previous Ranking: 15


17. Red Sox (77-84)

Previous Ranking: 18


18. Twins (77-84) 

Previous Ranking: 17


19. Angels (73-88)

Previous Ranking: 20


20. Cubs (73-88)

Previous Ranking: 21


21. Diamondbacks (73-88)

Previous Ranking: 19


22. Marlins (68-93)

Previous Ranking: 24


23. Tigers (66-95)

Previous Ranking: 26


24. Rockies (68-93)

Previous Ranking: 23


25. Rangers (67-94)

Previous Ranking: 22


26. Royals (65-96)

Previous Ranking: 25


27. Pirates (61-100)

Previous Ranking: 28


28. Reds (62-99)

Previous Ranking: 27


29. A’s (59-102)

Previous Ranking: 29


30. Nationals (55-106)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (9/28/22)

1. Dodgers (106-48)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Astros (102-53)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Braves (97-58)

Previous Ranking: 4


4. Mets (97-58)

Previous Ranking: 3


5. Yankees (95-59)

Previous Ranking: 5


6. Cardinals (90-65)

Previous Ranking: 6


7. Guardians (86-68)

Previous Ranking: 8


8. Blue Jays (87-68)

Previous Ranking: 7


9. Padres (86-68) 

Previous Ranking: 9


10. Rays (85-69)

Previous Ranking: 10


11. Mariners (83-70)

Previous Ranking: 11


12. Phillies (83-70)

Previous Ranking: 12


13. Brewers (82-72)

Previous Ranking: 13

14. Orioles (80-74)

Previous Ranking: 15


15. Giants (76-78)

Previous Ranking: 18


16. White Sox (76-78)

Previous Ranking: 14


17. Twins (75-79) 

Previous Ranking: 17


18. Red Sox (73-81)

Previous Ranking: 16


19. Diamondbacks (71-84)

Previous Ranking: 19


20. Angels (68-86)

Previous Ranking: 20


21. Cubs (68-86)

Previous Ranking: 23


22. Rangers (66-87)

Previous Ranking: 22


23. Rockies (65-89)

Previous Ranking: 21


24. Marlins (64-90)

Previous Ranking: 24


25. Royals (63-91)

Previous Ranking: 25


26. Tigers (61-92)

Previous Ranking: 27

27. Reds (60-95)

Previous Ranking: 26


28. Pirates (58-97)

Previous Ranking: 28


29. A’s (56-98)

Previous Ranking: 29


30. Nationals (53-101)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (9/21/22)

1. Dodgers (103-45)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Astros (98-51)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Mets (95-55)

Previous Ranking: 3


4. Braves (93-55)

Previous Ranking: 4


5. Yankees (89-58)

Previous Ranking: 5


6. Cardinals (87-62)

Previous Ranking: 6


7. Blue Jays (84-64)

Previous Ranking: 8


8. Guardians (81-67)

Previous Ranking: 12


9. Padres (82-66) 

Previous Ranking: 11


10. Rays (82-66)

Previous Ranking: 9


11. Mariners (81-66)

Previous Ranking: 7


12. Phillies (80-67)

Previous Ranking: 10


13. Brewers (78-70)

Previous Ranking: 13


14. White Sox (76-72)

Previous Ranking: 14


15. Orioles (76-71)

Previous Ranking: 15


16. Red Sox (72-75)

Previous Ranking: 16


17. Twins (73-75) 

Previous Ranking: 17


18. Giants (71-77)

Previous Ranking: 18


19. Diamondbacks (69-80)

Previous Ranking: 19


20. Angels (65-83)

Previous Ranking: 21


21. Rockies (64-84)

Previous Ranking: 20


22. Rangers (63-84)

Previous Ranking: 22


23. Cubs (63-85)

Previous Ranking: 23


24. Marlins (61-88)

Previous Ranking: 24


25. Royals (59-89)

Previous Ranking: 25


26. Reds (58-90)

Previous Ranking: 26


27. Tigers (57-91)

Previous Ranking: 27


28. Pirates (55-93)

Previous Ranking: 28


29. A’s (54-94)

Previous Ranking: 29


30. Nationals (51-97)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (9/13/22)

1. Dodgers (97-43)

Previous Ranking: 1

2. Astros (91-50)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Mets (89-53)

Previous Ranking: 4


4. Braves (87-54)

Previous Ranking: 3


5. Yankees (85-56)

Previous Ranking: 6


6. Cardinals (83-58)

Previous Ranking: 5


7. Mariners (79-61)

Previous Ranking: 8


8. Blue Jays (79-61)

Previous Ranking: 9


9. Rays (78-61)

Previous Ranking: 7

10. Phillies (78-62)

Previous Ranking: 10


11. Padres (77-64) 

Previous Ranking: 11

12. Guardians (74-65)

Previous Ranking: 14


13. Brewers (75-66)

Previous Ranking: 12


14. White Sox (72-69)

Previous Ranking: 16


15. Orioles (73-67)

Previous Ranking: 13


16. Red Sox (69-72)

Previous Ranking: 18


17. Twins (69-70) 

Previous Ranking: 15


18. Giants (68-73)

Previous Ranking: 19


19. Diamondbacks (66-74)

Previous Ranking: 17


20. Rockies (61-80)

Previous Ranking: 21


21. Angels (61-80)

Previous Ranking: 20


22. Rangers (61-80)

Previous Ranking: 22


23. Cubs (59-82)

Previous Ranking: 23


24. Marlins (58-83)

Previous Ranking: 24


25. Royals (57-84)

Previous Ranking: 25


26. Reds (56-83)

Previous Ranking: 26


27. Tigers (54-87)

Previous Ranking: 28


28. Pirates (52-88)

Previous Ranking: 27


29. A’s (51-90)

Previous Ranking: 29


30. Nationals (49-92)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (9/6/22)

1. Dodgers (93-42)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Astros (87-49)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Braves (85-51)

Previous Ranking: 4


4. Mets (85-51)

Previous Ranking: 3


5. Cardinals (80-56)

Previous Ranking: 6


6. Yankees (81-54)

Previous Ranking: 5


7. Rays (76-58)

Previous Ranking: 7


8. Mariners (77-59)

Previous Ranking: 9


9. Blue Jays (75-60)

Previous Ranking: 8


10. Phillies (74-61)

Previous Ranking: 10


11. Padres (75-62) 

Previous Ranking: 11


12. Brewers (71-64)

Previous Ranking: 15


13. Orioles (72-64)

Previous Ranking: 14


14. Guardians (70-64)

Previous Ranking: 12


15. Twins (68-65) 

Previous Ranking: 13


16. White Sox (68-68)

Previous Ranking: 17


17. Diamondbacks (65-70)

Previous Ranking: 16


18. Red Sox (67-70)

Previous Ranking: 18


19. Giants (65-69)

Previous Ranking: 19


20. Angels (60-76)

Previous Ranking: 22


21. Rockies (58-79)

Previous Ranking: 21


22. Rangers (59-76)

Previous Ranking: 20


23. Cubs (57-78)

Previous Ranking: 23


24. Marlins (55-79)

Previous Ranking: 24

25. Royals (55-82)

Previous Ranking: 25


26. Reds (53-80)

Previous Ranking: 26


27. Pirates (50-84)

Previous Ranking: 29


28. Tigers (51-85)

Previous Ranking: 27


29. A’s (50-86)

Previous Ranking: 28


30. Nationals (48-88)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (8/30/22)

1. Dodgers (90-38)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Astros (83-47)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Mets (82-48)

Previous Ranking: 3


4. Braves (79-51)

Previous Ranking: 4


5. Yankees (79-51)

Previous Ranking: 5


6. Cardinals (75-55)

Previous Ranking: 6


7. Rays (71-57)

Previous Ranking: 7


8. Blue Jays (70-58)

Previous Ranking: 9


9. Mariners (71-58)

Previous Ranking: 11


10. Phillies (72-58)

Previous Ranking: 8


11. Padres (72-59) 

Previous Ranking: 12


12. Guardians (68-59)

Previous Ranking: 10


13. Twins (67-61) 

Previous Ranking: 16


14. Orioles (67-61)

Previous Ranking: 13


15. Brewers (68-60)

Previous Ranking: 14


16. Diamondbacks (61-67)

Previous Ranking: 20


17. White Sox (63-66)

Previous Ranking: 17


18. Red Sox (62-68)

Previous Ranking: 18


19. Giants (61-67)

Previous Ranking: 15


20. Rangers (58-70)

Previous Ranking: 19


21. Rockies (56-74)

Previous Ranking: 23


22. Angels (56-74)

Previous Ranking: 24


23. Cubs (55-75)

Previous Ranking: 22


24. Marlins (55-74)

Previous Ranking: 21


25. Royals (53-77)

Previous Ranking: 25


26. Reds (51-77)

Previous Ranking: 26


27. Tigers (50-79)

Previous Ranking: 27


28. A’s (49-81)

Previous Ranking: 29


29. Pirates (49-80)

Previous Ranking: 28


30. Nationals (43-86)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (8/23/22)

1. Dodgers (85-37)

Previous Ranking: 1

Team MVP: Freddie Freeman - 151 H (1st in MLB), .321 AVG (2nd in NL), .397 OBP (3rd in NL), .914 OPS (3rd in NL), 40 2B (1st in MLB), 10 SB (23rd in NL), 5.5 fWAR (5th in NL), 4.9 bWAR (7th in NL), 155 wRC+ (3rd in NL)


2. Astros (79-45)

Previous Ranking: 3

Team MVP: Yordan Alvarez - .400 OBP (1st in AL), .609 SLG (2nd in AL), 1.009 OPS (2nd in AL), 31 HR (2nd in AL), 77 R (2nd in AL), 4.7 fWAR (5th in AL), 4.8 bWAR (4th in AL), 182 wRC+ (2nd in AL)


3. Mets (79-46)

Previous Ranking: 2

Team MVP: Francisco Lindor - 136 H (6th in NL), .803 OPS (23rd in NL), 21 HR (18th in NL), 84 RBI (3rd in NL), 80 R (4th in NL), 13 SB (14th in NL) 5.5 fWAR (4th in NL) 5.0 bWAR (6th in NL)


4. Braves (77-48)

Previous Ranking: 4

Team MVP: Austin Riley - .284 AVG (14th in NL), .557 SLG (2nd in NL), .907 OPS (4th in NL), 31 HR (2nd in NL), 78 RBI (8th in NL), 4.5 fWAR (10th in NL), 4.7 bWAR (10th in NL)


5. Yankees (76-48)

Previous Ranking: 5

Team MVP: Aaron Judge - .393 OBP (2nd in AL), .658 SLG (1st in MLB), 1.051 OPS (1st in MLB), 47 HR (1st in MLB), 103 RBI (1st in MLB), 99 R (1st in MLB), 13 SB (15th in AL), 7.7 fWAR (1st in MLB), 7.2 bWAR (1st in MLB), 194 wRC+ (1st in MLB) 


6. Cardinals (71-52)

Previous Ranking: 7

Team MVP: Paul Goldschmidt - .337 AVG (1st in MLB), .419 OBP (1st in MLB), .630 SLG (1st in NL), 1.051 OPS (1st in NL), 31 HR (2nd in NL), 100 RBI (2nd in NL), 6.7 bWAR (1st in NL), 6.5 fWAR (1st in NL), 193 wRC+ (1st in NL) 


7. Rays (67-55)

Previous Ranking: 9

Team MVP: Shane McClanahan - 2.29 ERA (3rd in AL), 11 W (6th in AL), 0.86 WHIP (1st in AL), 173 K (3rd in AL)


8. Phillies (68-55)

Previous Ranking: 6

Team MVP: J.T. Realmuto - .268 AVG (24th in NL), .782 OPS (28th in NL), 4.3 fWAR (11th in NL), 4.0 bWAR (12th in NL)


9. Blue Jays (66-55)

Previous Ranking: 12

Team MVP: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - .281 AVG (17th in AL), .504 SLG (7th in AL), .854 OPS (9th in AL), 26 HR (6th in AL), 75 RBI (6th in AL), 70 R (5th in AL), 142 wRC+ (9th in AL)


10. Guardians (65-56)

Previous Ranking: 10

Team MVP: Jose Ramirez - .537 SLG (4th in AL), .888 OPS (4th in AL), 23 HR (12th in AL), 99 RBI (2nd in AL), 14 SB (13th in AL), 67 R (12th in AL), 51 K (5th-fewest in AL), 5.0 fWAR (3rd in AL), 4.5 bWAR (7th in AL)


11. Mariners (67-56)

Previous Ranking: 11

Team MVP: Julio Rodriguez - .474 SLG (14th in AL), .806 OPS (19th in AL), 19 HR (16th in AL), 63 RBI (14th in AL), 23 SB (4th in AL)


12. Padres (68-57) 

Previous Ranking: 8

Team MVP: Manny Machado - .302 AVG (6th in NL), .372 OBP (5th in NL), .530 SLG (5th in NL), .902 OPS (5th in NL), 77 R (7th in NL), 5.7 fWAR (3rd in NL), 5.1 bWAR (4th in NL), 151 wRC+ (5th in NL)


13. Orioles (64-58)

Previous Ranking: 15

Team MVP: Adley Rutschman (stats among batters with 300+ PA, as he is not a qualified batter this season) - .366 OBP (13th in AL), 139 wRC+ (14th in AL), 13.5 BB% (8th in AL), 3.6 fWAR (20th in AL)


14. Brewers (65-57)

Previous Ranking: 13

Team MVP: Corbin Burnes - 2.48 ERA (4th in NL), 187 K (1st in NL), 0.93 WHIP (2nd in NL), 11.32 K/9 (2nd in NL),


15. Giants (61-61)

Previous Ranking: 17

Team MVP: Carlos Rodon - 2.89 ERA (9th in NL), 179 K (2nd in NL), 11.48 K/9 (1st in NL), 4.7 fWAR (9th in NL)


16. Twins (62-59) 

Previous Ranking: 16

Team MVP: Byron Buxton - .526 SLG (5th in AL), .832 OPS (10th in AL), 28 HR (3rd in AL), 4.0 fWAR (11th in AL)


17. White Sox (62-61)

Previous Ranking: 14

Team MVP: Dylan Cease - 2.09 ERA (2nd in MLB) 178 K (2nd in AL), 11.99 K/9 (1st in MLB)


18. Red Sox (60-63)

Previous Ranking: 18

Team MVP: Rafael Devers - .295 AVG (9th in AL), .555 SLG (3rd in AL), .907 OPS (3rd in AL), 32 2B (5th in AL), 25 HR (8th in AL), 4.5 fWAR (7th in AL)


19. Rangers (56-67)

Previous Ranking: 20

Team MVP: Corey Seager - .464 SLG (18th in AL), .793 OPS (23rd in AL), 26 HR (6th in AL), 3.7 fWAR (14th in AL)


20. Diamondbacks (56-66)

Previous Ranking: 19

Team MVP: Merrill Kelly - 2.87 ERA (8th in NL), 150.1 IP (6th in NL), 3.3 fWAR (27th in NL)


21. Marlins (54-69)

Previous Ranking: 22

Team MVP: Sandy Alcantara - 2.19 ERA (2nd in NL), 176.2 IP (1st in MLB), 151 K (5th in NL), 4.7 fWAR (10th in NL)


22. Cubs (53-70)

Previous Ranking: 24

Team MVP: Willson Contreras - .357 OBP (13th in NL), .472 SLG (17th in NL), .829 OPS (12th in NL), 3.5 bWAR (19th in NL)


23. Rockies (54-70)

Previous Ranking: 23

Team MVP: Ryan McMahon - .341 OBP (29th in NL), .745 OPS (35th in NL), 7 SB (20th in NL), 2.7 fWAR (39th in NL), 1.4 dWAR (10th in NL)


24. Angels (52-71)

Previous Ranking: 21

Team MVP: Shohei Ohtani (stats among pitchers with 120 IP+, as he is not a qualified pitcher) - 12.42 K/9 (1st in MLB), 2.83 ERA (8th in AL), .515 SLG (6th), .872 OPS (5th in AL), 27 HR (5th in AL), 72 RBI (7th in AL), 11 SB (18th in AL), 6.4 fWAR (2nd in AL)


25. Royals (50-75)

Previous Ranking: 25

Team MVP: Bobby Witt Jr. - .724 OPS (45th in AL), 24 SB (3rd in AL), 60 R (25th in AL), 21 2B (30th in AL), 16 HR (27th in AL), 60 RBI (21st in AL)


26. Reds (48-73)

Previous Ranking: 26

Team MVP: Kyle Farmer - .266 AVG (27th in NL),  .705 OPS (53rd in NL), 55 RBI (36th in NL), 21 2B (32nd in NL), 68 K (8th-fewest in NL)


27. Tigers (47-77)

Previous Ranking: 28

Team MVP: Tarik Skubal (stats among pitchers with 110 IP+, as he is not a qualified pitcher) - 3.52 ERA (18th in AL), 8.95 K/9 (12th in AL), 2.9 fWAR (33rd in AL)


28. Pirates (47-76)

Previous Ranking: 27

Team MVP: Ke’Bryan Hayes - .323 OBP (43rd in NL), 2.1 dWAR (2nd in NL), 2.6 fWAR (47th in NL)


29. A’s (45-79)

Previous Ranking: 29

Team MVP: Sean Murphy - .332 OBP (33rd in AL), .446 SLG (24th in AL), .778 OPS (3oth in AL), 4.0 fWAR (12th in AL)


30. Nationals (41-83)

Previous Ranking: 30

Team MVP: Keibert Ruiz - .309 OBP (58th in NL) .663 OPS (64th in NL), 1.4 fWAR (112th in NL)

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (8/16/22)

1. Dodgers (80-34)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Mets (75-41)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Astros (75-42)

Previous Ranking: 3


4. Braves (71-46)

Previous Ranking: 5


5. Yankees (72-44)

Previous Ranking: 4


6. Phillies (64-51)

Previous Ranking: 6


7. Cardinals (63-51)

Previous Ranking: 7


8. Padres (65-53) 

Previous Ranking: 9


9. Rays (61-53)

Previous Ranking: 12

10. Guardians (62-54)

Previous Ranking: 14


11. Mariners (63-54)

Previous Ranking: 11


12. Blue Jays (61-53)

Previous Ranking: 8


13. Brewers (61-53)

Previous Ranking: 10


14. White Sox (60-56)

Previous Ranking: 16


15. Orioles (60-55)

Previous Ranking: 13


16. Twins (59-55) 

Previous Ranking: 15


17. Giants (58-57)

Previous Ranking: 17

18. Red Sox (57-59)

Previous Ranking: 18


19. Diamondbacks (53-62)

Previous Ranking: 19


20. Rangers (52-63)

Previous Ranking: 22


21. Angels (51-65)

Previous Ranking: 23


22. Marlins (51-65)

Previous Ranking: 20


23. Rockies (51-66)

Previous Ranking: 21


24. Cubs (47-67)

Previous Ranking: 26


25. Royals (48-69)

Previous Ranking: 24


26. Reds (45-69)

Previous Ranking: 25


27. Pirates (45-70)

Previous Ranking: 27


28. Tigers (44-74)

Previous Ranking: 28


29. A’s (41-75)

Previous Ranking: 29


30. Nationals (39-78)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (8/9/22)

1. Dodgers (76-33)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Mets (72-39)

Previous Ranking: 4


3. Astros (71-40)

Previous Ranking: 3

4. Yankees (71-40)

Previous Ranking: 2


5. Braves (65-46)

Previous Ranking: 5


6. Phillies (61-48)

Previous Ranking: 9


7. Cardinals (60-49)

Previous Ranking: 10


8. Blue Jays (60-50)

Previous Ranking: 7


9. Padres (61-51) 

Previous Ranking: 6


10. Brewers (59-50)

Previous Ranking: 8


11. Mariners (60-52)

Previous Ranking: 11


12. Rays (58-51)

Previous Ranking: 14


13. Orioles (58-52)

Previous Ranking: 15


14. Guardians (57-52)

Previous Ranking: 13


15. Twins (57-52) 

Previous Ranking: 12


16. White Sox (56-54)

Previous Ranking: 16


17. Giants (54-56)

Previous Ranking: 18


18. Red Sox (54-57)

Previous Ranking: 17


19. Diamondbacks (50-59)

Previous Ranking: 20


20. Marlins (49-60)

Previous Ranking: 19


21. Rockies (49-63)

Previous Ranking: 22


22. Rangers (48-61)

Previous Ranking: 21


23. Angels (48-63)

Previous Ranking: 23


24. Royals (45-66)

Previous Ranking: 28


25. Reds (44-65)

Previous Ranking: 24


26. Cubs (44-65)

Previous Ranking: 25


27. Pirates (44-66)

Previous Ranking: 27


28. Tigers (43-68)

Previous Ranking: 26


29. A’s (41-70)

Previous Ranking: 29


30. Nationals (37-75)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (8/2/22)

1. Dodgers (70-32)

Previous Ranking: 2

2. Yankees (70-35)

Previous Ranking: 1


3. Astros (67-38)

Previous Ranking: 3


4. Mets (65-38)

Previous Ranking: 4


5. Braves (63-41)

Previous Ranking: 5


6. Padres (60-46) 

Previous Ranking: 8


7. Blue Jays (58-45)

Previous Ranking: 6


8. Brewers (57-46)

Previous Ranking: 9


9. Phillies (55-48)

Previous Ranking: 12


10. Cardinals (55-48)

Previous Ranking: 14


11. Mariners (56-49)

Previous Ranking: 7


12. Twins (54-49)

Previous Ranking: 10


13. Guardians (53-50)

Previous Ranking: 15


14. Rays (54-49)

Previous Ranking: 11


15. Orioles (53-51)

Previous Ranking: 16


16. White Sox (52-51)

Previous Ranking: 13


17. Red Sox (53-52)

Previous Ranking: 17


18. Giants (51-53)

Previous Ranking: 18


19. Marlins (47-57)

Previous Ranking: 19


20. Diamondbacks (46-57)

Previous Ranking: 20


21. Rangers (46-57)

Previous Ranking: 22


22. Rockies (46-60)

Previous Ranking: 21


23. Angels (44-59)

Previous Ranking: 24


24. Reds (42-61)

Previous Ranking: 29


25. Cubs (41-61)

Previous Ranking: 23


26. Tigers (42-63)

Previous Ranking: 28


27. Pirates (41-62)

Previous Ranking: 26


28. Royals (41-63)

Previous Ranking: 25


29. A’s (39-66)

Previous Ranking: 27


30. Nationals (36-69)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (7/26/22)

1. Yankees (66-32)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Dodgers (64-32)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Astros (64-34)

Previous Ranking: 3


4. Mets (60-37)

Previous Ranking: 4


5. Braves (59-40)

Previous Ranking: 5


6. Blue Jays (54-43)

Previous Ranking: 9


7. Mariners (53-45)

Previous Ranking: 6


8. Padres (55-44) 

Previous Ranking: 8


9. Brewers (54-44)

Previous Ranking: 13


10. Twins (52-45)

Previous Ranking: 14


11. Rays (52-45)

Previous Ranking: 7


12. Phillies (50-47)

Previous Ranking: 10


13. White Sox (49-48)

Previous Ranking: 18


14. Cardinals (51-47)

Previous Ranking: 11


15. Guardians (49-47)

Previous Ranking: 15


16. Orioles (49-48)

Previous Ranking: 17


17. Red Sox (49-49)

Previous Ranking: 16


18. Giants (48-49)

Previous Ranking: 12


19. Marlins (46-51)

Previous Ranking: 19


20. Diamondbacks (44-53)

Previous Ranking: 23


21. Rockies (44-54)

Previous Ranking: 20


22. Rangers (43-53)

Previous Ranking: 21


23. Cubs (40-57)

Previous Ranking: 28


24. Angels (41-56)

Previous Ranking: 24


25. Royals (39-58)

Previous Ranking: 27


26. Pirates (40-58)

Previous Ranking: 22


27. A’s (37-63)

Previous Ranking: 29


28. Tigers (39-59)

Previous Ranking: 25


29. Reds (37-59)

Previous Ranking: 26

30. Nationals (33-66)

Previous Ranking: 30

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (7/19/22)

With these power rankings, I will be adding what positions, what approach, and occasionally what players I believe each team should be prioritizing at the trade deadline.

1. Yankees (64-28)

Previous Ranking: 1

Deadline need: Pitching depth (every team always needs it)


2. Dodgers (60-30)

Previous Ranking: 3

Deadline need: High-leverage relievers


3. Astros (59-32)

Previous Ranking: 2

Deadline need: A catcher who hits well (Willson Contreras is a great fit)


4. Mets (58-35)

Previous Ranking: 4

Deadline need: Bullpen depth


5. Braves (56-38)

Previous Ranking: 5

Deadline need: Starting pitching depth


6. Mariners (51-42)

Previous Ranking: 6

Deadline need: Starting pitching depth


7. Rays (51-41)

Previous Ranking: 10

Deadline need: Position players (primarily outfielders)


8. Padres (52-42) 

Previous Ranking: 7

Deadline need: Outfield depth (Andrew Benintendi could be a good fit)


9. Blue Jays (50-43)

Previous Ranking: 14

Deadline need: Starting pitchers 


10. Phillies (49-43)

Previous Ranking: 15

Deadline need: Bullpen depth


11. Cardinals (50-44)

Previous Ranking: 11

Deadline need: Multiple relievers (David Bednar and David Robertson are good fits)


12. Giants (48-43)

Previous Ranking: 16

Deadline need: Bullpen depth


13. Brewers (50-43)

Previous Ranking: 8

Deadline need: Position players to bolster their lineup (Brandon Drury and/or Benintendi are good fits)


14. Twins (50-44)

Previous Ranking: 9

Deadline need: Front-end starting pitchers (Luis Castillo should be their top target)


15. Guardians (46-44)

Previous Ranking: 17

Deadline need: Outfielders


16. Red Sox (48-45)

Previous Ranking: 12

Deadline need: Pitching depth (both relievers and starters)


17. Orioles (46-46)

Previous Ranking: 13

Deadline need: Versatile infielders who hit well (Drury would be the best fit)


18. White Sox (46-46)

Previous Ranking: 18

Deadline need: Get healthy and add extra position player depth to counteract injuries

19. Marlins (43-48)

Previous Ranking: 19

Deadline need: Back-end starting pitchers


20. Rockies (43-50)

Previous Ranking: 21

Deadline need: Add a few top prospects, but keep the core roster together


21. Rangers (41-49)

Previous Ranking: 20

Deadline need: Only make trades that are valuable beyond this season


22. Pirates (39-54)

Previous Ranking: 2

Deadline need: Trade away Bryan Reynolds and Bednar for prospects who are near MLB-ready


23. Diamondbacks (40-52)

Previous Ranking: 23

Deadline need: Get prospects who are almost MLB-ready


24. Angels (39-53)

Previous Ranking: 25

Deadline need: Add starting pitchers if they plan on attempting a miracle run


25. Tigers (37-55)

Previous Ranking: 24

Deadline need: Decide if this team is ready to win or not, don’t buy and sell at the same time


26. Reds (34-57)

Previous Ranking: 26

Deadline need: Add more prospects in possible trades for Drury and Castillo


27. Royals (36-56)

Previous Ranking: 27

Deadline need: Trade Benintendi and get a good package for him


28. Cubs (35-57)

Previous Ranking: 28

Deadline need: Trade expiring contracts for MLB-ready prospects


29. A’s (32-61)

Previous Ranking: 29

Deadline need: Get multiple top prospects in a Frankie Montas trade


30. Nationals (31-63)

Previous Ranking: 30

Deadline need: Get the biggest return possible if Soto is traded

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (7/12/22)

1. Yankees (61-26)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Astros (57-29)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Dodgers (56-30)

Previous Ranking: 3


4. Mets (54-34)

Previous Ranking: 4


5. Braves (53-36)

Previous Ranking: 5


6. Mariners (45-42)

Previous Ranking: 15


7. Padres (50-39) 

Previous Ranking: 9


8. Brewers (49-39)

Previous Ranking: 6


9. Twins (48-41)

Previous Ranking: 7


10. Rays (47-40)

Previous Ranking: 10


11. Cardinals (48-42)

Previous Ranking: 13


12. Red Sox (47-41)

Previous Ranking: 8


13. Orioles (44-44)

Previous Ranking: 19


14. Blue Jays (46-42)

Previous Ranking: 12


15. Phillies (46-42)

Previous Ranking: 11


16. Giants (44-42)

Previous Ranking: 17


17. Guardians (43-43)

Previous Ranking: 16


18. White Sox (42-45)

Previous Ranking: 18


19. Marlins (41-45)

Previous Ranking: 14


20. Rangers (40-45)

Previous Ranking: 20


21. Rockies (39-49)

Previous Ranking: 23


22. Pirates (38-50)

Previous Ranking: 26


23. Diamondbacks (39-49)

Previous Ranking: 21


24. Tigers (37-51)

Previous Ranking: 24


25. Angels (38-50) 

Previous Ranking: 22


26. Reds (33-54)

Previous Ranking: 28


27. Royals (34-53)

Previous Ranking: 27


28. Cubs (34-53)

Previous Ranking: 25


29. A’s (30-59)

Previous Ranking: 30


30. Nationals (30-58)

Previous Ranking: 29

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TOP 3 MVP CANDIDATES (7/6/22)

Now that most teams are at the half-way mark of the season, I’ll be releasing my second story going in-depth about the top 3 candidates (along with some honorable mentions, and players that could catch fire to improve their candidacy) for MVP in each league. I plan to do more updates to this later in the season, along with a Cy Young article soon, and update both throughout the season, culminating in the release of a mock awards ballot at the end of the season.

Without further ado, let’s talk about the American League candidates:


1. Yordan Alvarez (Previously: 6):

Yordan Alvarez caught fire during June. He posted a .418 average, with 9 HR and 28 RBI during the month. I previously stated “Alvarez would be comfortably in the top 3 if he wasn’t a DH.” Well, he now has 31 games played in left field, and 37 games as a DH. Because he almost has 50/50 positional play time at this point in the season, I believe his case is now almost as good as it can get. His 1.071 OPS is the best in the AL, and the next closest is Aaron Judge with a .993 OPS. The difference between Yordan Alvarez and the next best hitter in the AL is so big currently that I have to put him at number 1 in these rankings, especially considering that the Astros are nearing the Yankees for the best record in MLB, with Alvarez at the forefront of that push.


2. Rafael Devers (Previously: 2):

Devers and Ramirez were in a tight race for 1st in my last rankings, and while Ramriez has slumped over the last two weeks, Devers has done enough to maintain his spot at #2. I was going to put him below Ohtani because Devers’ numbers have slightly dropped, but I decided against that for a few reasons. The first, and most obvious reason, is that the Red Sox are way better than the Angels this season, and Devers has been powering Boston throughout the season. The second reason is simple: fWAR. If there were ever a stat to favor a two-way player, like Ohtani, over other players, it would be WAR, as it assesses the total value of a player. And while Devers trails Ohtani in rWAR, the difference is minimal. In fWAR, Devers is one of four players with 4 WAR or more this season. Because of how close they are in the stat that, in theory, would favor Ohtani more than Devers, I think Devers deserves to keep the same spot from my last article. It also doesn’t hurt that Devers is tied with Paul Goldschmidt for most hits in MLB, and tied with Goldschmidt and Jose Ramirez for 2nd in MLB with 27 doubles. 


3. Shohei Ohtani (Previously: N/A):

Ohtani, like Alvarez, had a great June. Despite Ohtani being outside of the top 30 in MLB in OPS, he is top 25 in MLB in ERA among pitchers with 50+ IP. While his team is far out of the playoff conversation currently, Ohtani has been good enough to put himself in the top 3 of the MVP conversation. However, last year, while he had a slightly worse season as a pitcher, his hitting stats were significantly better. His OBP, SLG, and OPS were all higher, and while he is on pace for 36 HRs and 106 RBI this season, last year he had 46 HRs and 100 RBI, and added an 8.1 fWAR season. The next closest player to Ohtani in WAR was Jose Ramirez, who posted a 6.4 fWAR season. Ohtani was in a league of his own last year, but this season, Devers, Aaron Judge, Ramirez, and Alvarez all have a higher fWAR so far. While he has a higher potential to add more WAR over the course of the season, he needs to fully realize that potential to repeat as AL MVP.


Honorable mentions (listed in order): 

Aaron Judge (Previously: 3): While he still has the most HRs in the AL (30), and the Yankees are still the best team in MLB (for now), Judge’s numbers aren’t good enough for me to justify putting him in the top 3. Judge is currently outside of the top ten in MLB in rWAR, and while fWAR has him at 6th, the margin between him and the rest of the top ten is very small. He has a .184 average in the last 15 days (my first MVP article was posted 14 days ago), and he falls down this list further because of that slump. He can get back to where he was before if he plays like he had up until the last few weeks.


Mike Trout (Previously: 4): “Trout is always in this conversation, and this year is no different.” That was my statement in my last MVP article, and it still holds true. But to win MVP while playing for a team as bad as the Angels are, your numbers have to be astronomically high. Trout’s numbers are great, but he isn’t in the same conversation as Alvarez so far, and Ohtani is the MVP of the Angels so far. I can’t justify putting two players from a sub-.500 team in the top 3, so Trout slides in just outside of it once again.


Jose Ramirez (Previously: 1): If Judge’s slump sounds bad, Jose Ramirez’ slump is worse. Ramirez has not hit a single HR, has 1 RBI, and has struck out ten times in the last two weeks, despite previously only having 20 strikeouts in the whole season prior to that point. Because of his slump and the Guardians’ slump as a team, Ramirez is switching places with Yordan Alvarez.



Players to look out for in the rest of the season: Kyle Tucker, Shane McClanahan, Julio Rodriguez, Ty France, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and Byron Buxton


Now, let's move on to the National League candidates:

1. Paul Goldschmidt (Previously: 1): 

While this was a very tight race between Goldschmidt and Manny Machado, Goldschmidt has the clear edge over Machado, as it stands today. While Machado was injured, Goldschmidt continued to hit like an absolute machine. He has a 1.128 OPS (3rd in the NL) over the last two weeks, with 3 HR and 7 RBI. Goldschmidt's season-long OPS is 1.047, compared to Machado’s .915. While Machado’s defense factors into the equation and makes this race tighter, I still heavily favor Goldschmidt.


2. Manny Machado (Previously: 2): 

In a very small sample size of six games since his return from the IL, Machado has been in a slump. He has just three hits since my last article (during that six-game return from the IL), and an OPS of .501, allowing Goldschmidt to become a true frontrunner for NL MVP. Machado has 4.3 fWAR, giving him the highest total in MLB, but Goldshmidt’s 4.1 fWAR is too close to say Machado is better. Goldschmidt also has 4.2 rWAR, while Machado has 3.9 rWAR. 


3. Nolan Arenado (Previously: N/A):

Arenado is taking Bryce Harper’s spot at #3. While Harper’s overall numbers are definitely deserving of top 3 in these rankings, he will end the season without a chance of winning MVP because his injury (which will hold him out indefinitely) is too severe, so I’m replacing him with Arenado. While Arenado doesn’t have the same hitting stats to be in the same conversation with his teammate, Paul Goldschmidt, his defense allows him to easily make the top 3. His hitting numbers aren’t bad either. He is top 8 in the NL in OPS, HR, RBI, and SLG. His overall value makes him the only player who is top 3 in both fWAR and rWAR, other than Goldschmidt. While Arenado is a well-rounded, great player, Goldschmidt is way better statistically, and since they are teammates, the team success factor is irrelevant.

Honorable mentions (listed in order): 

Pete Alonso (Previously: 4):

While Alonso doesn’t have the overall numbers to be in the same conversation with the top 3 on this leaderboard, having such a great season on the 2nd-best team in the NL makes him worthy of an honorable mention. He is 4th in the NL in OPS (.903), 2nd in HR (22), and leads the NL in RBI.


Mookie Betts (Previously: 5):

If Mookie Betts did not get injured, he would most likely be 3rd on this leaderboard. Despite missing 15 games, he still ranks 4th in the NL with 56 runs scored, and 7th in the NL with 18 HRs. If he had played the 15 games he missed, he would probably be the NL leader in runs scored, and would have enough RBI (especially when you factor Betts’ Gold Glove-caliber defense into the equation) to make a case to be higher than both Alonso and Arenado on this list. 


Sandy Alcantara (Previously: 6):

Alcantara has the best case out of any pitcher in either league to make a push for MVP (if you count Ohtani as a two-way player, instead of counting him as a pitcher). His innings pitched (123.1) are the most in MLB (by 12.0), and in those innings, he has been great. While his strikeout numbers aren’t as high as many other All Star-caliber pitchers, he has the 3rd-lowest ERA in MLB (1.84).


Dansby Swanson (Previously: N/A):

Swanson and Trea Turner are almost identical offensively. They actually have the same OBP (.355), despite Turner having a slightly higher average, but Swanson has the edge in OPS, rWAR, and fWAR over Turner by wide enough margins to give him the edge over Turner.


Trea Turner (Previously: 7):

I went into Turner’s comparison with Swanson, but they both are MVP candidates because their overall numbers are great, and they both play for high-level teams. They are both on pace for 20 HR, 20 SB seasons, and while Swanson has more power (he’s on pace for 28 HRs and 24 SB), Turner has more speed (he’s on pace for 22 HRs and 32 SBs).


Players to look out for in the rest of the season: Ronald Acuna, Jr., Austin Riley, Juan Soto, Freddie Freeman, C.J. Cron, Kyle Schwarber, and Tony Gonsolin

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (7/5/22)

Now that multiple teams have played 81+ games this season, for these power rankings, I will be giving first-half grades for each team, along with a brief explanation for each grade.

1. Yankees (58-23)

Previous Ranking: 1

Grade: A+

There isn’t much to say about the Yankees this year. Some people, myself included, had the Blue Jays winning the AL East, and while that is still possible, the lead the Yankees have built on the rest of the division so far gives me no other option for a grade.


2. Astros (53-27)

Previous Ranking: 2

Grade: A

I did not expect this team to take a major step back just because they lost Carlos Correa, but their performance has still surprised me this season, and now they’re even getting close to taking the lead over the Yankees for the best record in MLB.


3. Dodgers (51-29)

Previous Ranking: 4

Grade: A

While the middle of the order in the Dodgers lineup has largely been a disappointment so far this season, if you consider all the injuries to the Dodgers starting rotation, they have performed about as well as anyone could expect them to, as they currently hold the best record in the NL.


4. Mets (50-31)

Previous Ranking: 3

Grade: A

I had this team in the top 5 of my MLB preseason power rankings. While they’re still hovering around that range, they deserve credit for doing so, especially considering the starting rotation that was so heavily praised heading into the year has rarely been healthy to start the season.


5. Braves (48-34)

Previous Ranking: 6

Grade: A-

This team started out the year cold, and despite being the hottest team in June, the reigning champions find themselves in 2nd place, sitting 2.5 games back of the 1st-place Mets. They are still hovering around the top 5 in MLB range, however, so any grade worse than an A- wouldn’t be accurate.


6. Brewers (47-36)

Previous Ranking: 7

Grade: B+

I think the Brewers are about where I expected them to be coming into the season. However, I would not consider winning the NL Central, but still getting stuck behind the Dodgers and Braves a major success for Milwaukee, and so far that’s exactly where they are.


7. Twins (47-37)

Previous Ranking: 10

Grade: A

With the massive step backwards taken by the Twins last season, not many people expected them to be back atop the AL Central again this season, especially with the roster the White Sox put together. Because they made their way back to the top of their division, I’m giving them an A.


8. Red Sox (45-36)

Previous Ranking: 9

Grade: B+

The Red Sox were picked by many people to be the 3rd- or even 4th-place team in the AL East. Considering they are ahead of the Blue Jays and Rays in the standings, but many games behind the Yankees, I think a B+ is appropriate.


9. Padres (47-36)

Previous Ranking: 5

Grade: A-

Considering Fernando Tatis, Jr. has been out all of the season to this point, this team has been as good as we expected them to be, and maybe a bit better. However, with their recent slump, I can’t justify giving them the same grade that the top 4 teams all got.


10. Rays (44-37)

Previous Ranking: 13

Grade: B+

The Rays are in the best division, but they remain a top ten team in MLB this season. The Rays are really just having the exact season we expect them to have year after year at this point, so I’m giving them a B+.


11. Phillies (43-38)

Previous Ranking: 14

Grade: B

The Phillies were awful to start the season, starting off the season with a 21-29 record through the end of May. If I gave them a grade back then, it might have been an F. But now that they have solved many of their major issues, I’ve settled on a B instead.


12. Blue Jays (44-38)

Previous Ranking: 8

Grade: B-

The Blue Jays had a very shaky start to the season, and despite Alek Manoah turning into an ace in the rotation, the Blue Jays are just seven games above .500 this season. They are still a playoff team at the moment, but need to be better.


13. Cardinals (44-39)

Previous Ranking: 11

Grade: B

The Cardinals are trailing the Brewers in the NL Central race. Because they are in 2nd-place in a division without a powerhouse division leader, I can’t justify giving them anything better than a B so far.


14. Marlins (39-40)

Previous Ranking: 21

Grade: B

A lot of people had the Marlins as a sleeper in the NL playoff race this year. I didn’t quite understand the hype before the season and still don’t understand it now. The Marlins wanted to develop and be more competitive this season than they have been in prior seasons, and they have done a decent job so far of doing just that.


15. Mariners (41-42)

Previous Ranking: 20

Grade: B-

This team should be above .500, but with a recent hot streak, the Mariners are trending in the right direction. This streak has even been without the Mariners’ likely All-Star Game representative, Ty France, making their recent success even more impressive.


16. Guardians (40-39)

Previous Ranking: 15

Grade: B+

The Guardians are the youngest team in baseball. This wasn’t supposed to be their year, and yet they are in playoff contention. For that, I give them enough credit to get a B+, but one game above .500 won’t get them in the A-/A range.


17. Giants (40-39)

Previous Ranking: 12

Grade: C+

While most of their struggles have been recent, the Giants have fallen a long way down from ending the Dodgers’ eight year streak of winning the NL West last year. Sitting at just one game above .500, this team has been a total disappointment, regardless of injuries.


18. White Sox (38-41)

Previous Ranking: 17

Grade: C

The White Sox are the AL version of the Giants. While the White Sox (like the Giants) have had more than a fair share of injuries this season, they still shouldn’t be as bad as they are, especially considering the lofty expectations I had for them at the start of the season.


19. Orioles (38-44)

Previous Ranking: 19

Grade: B

The Orioles finding their way out of the bottom ten of MLB is one of the biggest surprises of the year. They deserve some praise for the season, but they are too far below .500 to get a better grade than a B.


20. Rangers (37-42)

Previous Ranking: 16

Grade: B

Similar to the Guardians, the Rangers were not supposed to be good this year. However, with how much they spent in the offseason to get Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, I can’t give them the B+ the Guardians got just for being near .500.


21. Diamondbacks (37-44)

Previous Ranking: 23

Grade: C

I didn’t expect the Diamondbacks to be anywhere near competitive this season, but considering they’re not a terrible team so far, I don’t think they deserve to get anything worse than a C.


22. Angels (37-45)

Previous Ranking: 18

Grade: D-

The stars aligned for the Angels to finally be good this season. Without major injuries to Trout or Ohtani so far, and both of them have met their ridiculously high expectations to start the season. However, with a few exceptions, everyone else has not been good enough to make this team a good one,


23. Rockies (35-46)

Previous Ranking: 22

Grade: C+

While this team was never supposed to contend for the NL West, or even the playoffs, they don’t deserve a good grade, as they are currently 11 games under .500.


24. Tigers (33-47)

Previous Ranking: 24

Grade: F

I held off on giving the Angels an F, because I had to reserve the F for a few special cases. The Tigers acquired Javier Baez, Austin Meadows, and Andrew Chafin, and called up Riley Greene, and they’re worse than they were last year. They have been MLB’s biggest disappointment this season.


25. Cubs (33-48)

Previous Ranking: 27

Grade: D

The Cubs are a more well-rounded roster than the Nationals, but without one real star, they have had a bad season, with no real signs of improvement from the end of last year either.


26. Pirates (33-47)

Previous Ranking: 25

Grade: C

Like the Diamondbacks, I didn’t expect this team to contend this year. They haven’t contended at all, and while they are a young team, a C feels like an appropriate grade for this team.


27. Royals (29-50)

Previous Ranking: 29

Grade: D-

The Royals have too much young and old talent to be this bad. Almost Every player on this roster has had a worse season than they were supposed to have, but at least we knew they were bad heading into the season.


28. Reds (28-52)

Previous Ranking: 28

Grade: F

If this team’s ownership hadn’t pretended that this team could still win games, I would give them a better grade than an F. But, they tried to convince us they weren’t trying to lose all season, and they have done just that.


29. Nationals (29-54)

Previous Ranking: 26

Grade: D+

The Nationals have Juan Soto, Nelson Cruz, and Josh Bell. No matter who is on the rest of the roster, I believe the Nationals should be better than they are, so a D+ seems fitting.


30. A’s (28-55)

Previous Ranking: 30

Grade: F

Just like the Reds, with how much talent this team let go of during the offseason, I can’t give a grade other than an F. The A’s don’t really have any recognizable names in their lineup, and will definitely give up the only big names they have at the deadline.

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (6/28/22)

1. Yankees (55-20)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Astros (46-27)

Previous Ranking: 3


3. Mets (47-28)

Previous Ranking: 2


4. Dodgers (45-28)

Previous Ranking: 4


5. Padres (45-31)

Previous Ranking: 5


6. Braves (43-32)

Previous Ranking: 6


7. Brewers (43-33)

Previous Ranking: 12


8. Blue Jays (42-32)

Previous Ranking: 10


9. Red Sox (42-33)

Previous Ranking: 9


10. Twins (43-34)

Previous Ranking: 13


11. Cardinals (43-34)

Previous Ranking: 11


12. Giants (40-33)

Previous Ranking: 7


13. Rays (40-33)

Previous Ranking: 14


14. Phillies (39-36)

Previous Ranking: 15


15. Guardians (37-34)

Previous Ranking: 8


16. Rangers (36-37)

Previous Ranking: 17


17. White Sox (35-38)

Previous Ranking: 16


18. Angels (36-41)

Previous Ranking: 18


19. Orioles (35-41)

Previous Ranking: 21


20. Mariners (35-41)

Previous Ranking: 22


21. Marlins (33-40)

Previous Ranking: 19


22. Rockies (33-42)

Previous Ranking: 23


23. Diamondbacks (34-41)

Previous Ranking: 20


24. Tigers (28-45)

Previous Ranking: 25


25. Pirates (29-45)

Previous Ranking: 24


26. Nationals (29-48)

Previous Ranking: 28


27. Cubs (28-46)

Previous Ranking: 26


28. Reds (26-47)

Previous Ranking: 29


29. Royals (26-47)

Previous Ranking: 27


30. A’s (25-51)

Previous Ranking: 30

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TOP 3 MVP CANDIDATES (6/22/22)

Now that we are nearing the half-way mark of the season, I’ll be releasing my first story going in-depth about the top 3 candidates (along with some honorable mentions, and players that could catch fire to improve their candidacy) for MVP in each league. I plan to do a few more updates to this, along with a Cy Young article at some point too, and update both throughout the season, culminating in the release of a mock awards ballot at the end of the season.

Without further ado, let’s talk about the American League candidates:

1. Jose Ramirez:

Jose Ramirez’ value to the Cleveland Guardians is almost impossible to quantify. A few weeks ago, his case for MVP might have been held back by the fact that the Guardians were sitting in 3rd place in a relatively weak AL Central, as recently as May 29. The Guardians’ record sat at 19-24, which left them 7.5 games back of the first-place Minnesota Twins. But then Cleveland got hot. Since that date, Cleveland has a 16-4 record, and after beating the Twins yesterday in extra innings, they are now tied for first place in the AL Central with the aforementioned Twins. But this isn’t about Cleveland as a team, this is about Jose Ramirez as an MVP candidate. While his team playing much better in June has boosted his candidacy, the stats speak for themselves. Possibly the most impressive stat about Jose Ramirez is that while he has the 4th-highest slugging percentage in the AL (.636), he is also tied for the 2nd-fewest strikeouts (20). He is tied with Luis Arraez, who leads the majors in batting average by a wide margin, and trails only his own teammate Steven Kwan. Ramirez’ strikeout rate is only .075, which once again trails only Kwan (.068). His 1.029 OPS trails only one other AL hitter, Houston Astros DH Yordan Alvarez, while he also ranks 1st in RBI (62), 5th in walks (34), 7th in HR (16), 3rd in doubles (21), 1st in triples (4), 3rd in rWAR (3.4), and 1st in offensive rWAR. He even has 11 stolen bases on the year, putting him on pace for a 41 HR, 28 SB season. To me, if Ramirez stays on the pace he’s currently on, and the Guardians make the playoffs (whether they win the division or not), he will end up as a no-doubt MVP winner. 

2. Rafael Devers:

Rafael Devers, like Ramirez, is having an amazing season while playing 3B for a playoff contender in the AL. Also like Ramirez, there are many stats to display the dominance of Devers so far this year, but the stats with Devers seem to have more caveats to them when compared to Ramirez’ numbers. While Devers has the most doubles in the AL (24), his home stadium, Fenway Park, has the highest park factor rating for doubles over a three-year rolling average (131),  according to Statcast, meaning that 31% more doubles are observed at Fenway for hitters who played there and elsewhere. While Ramirez’ home stadium, Progressive Field, ranks 10th in the same category, their park factor rating is 107, slightly above the league average (which is always 100 for the scale of the stat). The main stat driving Devers’ MVP case is WAR. He leads the AL in both rWAR (3.9) and fWAR (4.0), although his advantage over Ramirez is not too big. In more traditional stats, Devers’ candidacy takes a small hit,especially when compared to Ramirez. While leading the AL in hits (90), ranking 4th in BA (.330), and 2nd in runs scored, he is just 10th in RBI (43), tied with Ramirez for 7th in HR (16), 5th in OPS (.982), 10th in OBP (.383) and he is in the bottom 40 in fewest strikeouts, a category Ramirez dominates. Despite having a higher average than Devers (.328 vs. .303), Devers also has a lower OBP (.383 vs. .393). When you combine all of these factors, despite making a very strong case for MVP so far, I think Devers still has a little bit of work to do to catch up to Ramirez, who has an advantage in rate stats, but also counting stats despite the Guardians playing six fewer games than the Red Sox.

3. Aaron Judge:

Aaron Judge’s MVP candidacy benefits immensely from his team’s success. The New York Yankees, who are currently 50-18, are on pace for an MLB-record 119 wins this year. With a team cruising along at a pace this crazy, there has to be at least one MVP candidate, and Judge fits the bill. He is 4th in the AL in rWAR (3.4), and 3rd in fWAR (3.8), trailing Ramirez and Devers in both metrics, along with Mike Trout in rWAR (although he is ahead of him in fWAR). Judge is not ever going to hit mainly for average, but considering his perceived identity as a pure power hitter, this year has added more balance to his offensive game. Last year, Judge finished 5th in MVP voting, with a .287 BA, along with 39 HR and 98 RBI. He is currently hitting .300, and is on pace for 59 HR and 119 RBI. If he can hit those numbers, and the Yankees continue to play this well, it is going to be extremely hard for anyone to beat him out for MVP. He currently leads the AL in HR (25) and runs scored (55), ranks 3rd in RBI (50), 4th in OPS (1.022) and 2nd in SLG (.644). And yet, when you take a deeper look at his stats, he still doesn’t have enough of a case yet to be #1 on this list. That .300 BA is high by Judge’s standards, but ranks just 10th in the AL. His 34 walks, tied with Ramirez for 5th in the AL, only raise his OBP to .378, which ranks 12th in the AL. He also has 72 strikeouts, the 10th-most in the AL. With that quick look into the stats, Judge clearly excels much more in power-driven stats, while struggling more when it comes to stats judging a player’s ability to get on base. 

Honorable mentions (listed in order): 


Mike Trout: Trout is always in this conversation, and this year is no different. Trout is a 3-time MVP in his career, despite a noticeable lack of playoff appearances for the Los Angeles Angels. He ranks 3rd in OPS (1.025), 2nd in HR (21), 3rd in SLG (.640), 3rd in runs scored (49), 2nd in rWAR (3.9), and 4th in fWAR (3.6), but his team’s recent slump leaves him out of the top 3 for this list. If the Angels are in playoff contention, he will rise on this list. 


Kyle Tucker: Tucker will be an MVP candidate for years to come, and his defensive prowess is spearheading his candidacy this year. He is 4th in the AL in defensive rWAR (1.1), which helps him sneak into 5th in the AL in rWAR (3.3). He is 12th in HR (13), tied for 6th in RBI (45), 8th in walks (33), and 4th in SB (12).


Yordan Alvarez: Alvarez would be comfortably in the top 3 if he wasn’t a DH. His numbers are off the charts, but despite ranking 7th in the majors in offensive rWAR (3.0), he is not in the top ten in total rWAR, because he has almost exclusively been used as a DH this season. Alvarez is 1st in the AL in SLG (.661), 2nd in OBP (.408), 1st in OPS (1.069), 2nd in HR (21), 2nd in RBI (51), and 4th in runs scored (45). 


Martin Perez: Perez is having a breakout year as a pitcher for the Rangers. He is 6th in the AL in WAR (3.3), 2nd in ERA (1.96), and 1st in IP (87.1), which gives him the best MVP case for an AL pitcher so far this year.


Players to look out for in the rest of the season: Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Byron Buxton, and Ty France

Now, let's move on to the National League candidates:

1. Paul Goldschmidt:

While this is a very tight race between Goldschmidt and Machado, and will most likely continue to be that way for the rest of the season, Goldschmidt has the edge over Machado, as it stands today. His overall value cannot be underestimated, and he has also shown remarkable consistency this year. He had a 25-game hitting streak earlier this season, the second-longest streak this year, trailing only Trea Turner’s 26-game streak earlier for the longest streak in MLB. This explanation won’t need as many justifications as the AL candidates needed, because the race is not very close so far. The stats back that up, as he leads the NL in hits (86), BA (.339), OBP (.417), and OPS (1.011). Yes, he really does lead the NL in all of those stats. But those aren’t the only stats bolstering Goldschmidt’s MVP case. Goldschmidt is 2nd in the NL in RBI (58), 7th in HR (16), 4th in runs scored (48), 4th in doubles (22), 7th in BB (35), and 2nd in SLG (.619). He also ranks 4th in the NL in rWAR (3.7), 2nd in fWAR (3.4), and 1st in offensive rWAR (3.7). The St. Louis Cardinals are currently tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the lead in the NL Central with a 39-31 record, and Goldschmidt has been their best player for them throughout the season so far. 

2. Manny Machado:

Machado has been out for a few days with an ankle injury, and while it has not damaged his MVP candidacy so far, if he stays out for a while, it might affect him. Without Fernando Tatis Jr., Machado has stepped into a Jose Ramirez-esque role to start the season, as the third baseman attempting to will his team to the top of his division. He has done a great job at doing just that. The stats show how well he has played overall this season, but still don’t do enough to place him above Goldschmidt. He ranks 2nd in BA (.328), 2nd in hits (83), 4th in runs scored (48), 2nd in OBP (.400), 5th in SLG (.545), 3rd in OPS (.945), 7th in RBI (47), and 9th in doubles (17). He is 1st in MLB in fWAR (4.3), 2nd in the NL in rWAR (4.0), and 2nd in offensive rWAR (3.7). As long as he comes back from his ankle injury soon, and the Padres are able to continue their success as a team, Machado will continue to be in contention for NL MVP. 

3. Bryce Harper:

Harper barely climbs over Alonso in this ranking as a result of recent success for the Philadelphia Phillies. Because they have a winning record, this scenario is not the same as Trout vs. Judge in the AL. Harper’s stats also give him a considerable advantage over Alonso, who clings on to his case because of power and team success. Let’s take a look at the advantages that I just described and try to quantify them. Harper is 3rd in the NL in BA (.328), 3rd in the NL in OBP (.394), 1st in the NL in SLG (.621), 2nd in the NL in OPS (1.015), 8th in HR (15), 6th in RBI (48), 7th in hits (76), 5th in doubles (21), 7th in SB (9), 7th in rWAR (2.7), and 6th in fWAR (2.6). His case will continue to improve as the year progresses, and a possible move from DH back into the outfield once he has fully recovered from his injury will also help to increase his WAR numbers, as well as his overall MVP case. 

Honorable mentions (listed in order): 


Pete Alonso:

Alonso is almost an exact mirror of Aaron Judge. Both players play for New York teams. Both of their teams are first in their respective divisions. Both teams have the best record in the AL or NL. But perhaps the biggest similarity is having an MVP case that is good, but almost entirely relies on power numbers to bolster that case. He is 1st in MLB in RBI (66), 1st in the NL in HR (20), but isn’t in the top ten in the NL in hits (12th), BA (15th), OBP (16th), rWAR (21st), and fWAR (23rd). He ranks 5th in OPS (.913) and 4th in SLG (.552).


Mookie Betts: 

Betts, after a recent injury to his ribs, has seen a little bit of a dip in his MVP candidacy, but his case is still strong. I might have had him in the top three before the injury, but this is the spot for him now that he has missed a few games. He still has strong numbers, ranking 5th in the NL in HR (17), 6th in SLG (.535), 7th in OPS (.884), 3rd in fWAR (3.3), and 6th in rWAR (2.9).


Sandy Alcantara:

Alcantara leads the NL in IP (99.1), while ranking 2nd in the NL in ERA (1.72), 4th in strikeouts (90), 6th in WHIP (0.96), 3rd in BAA (.193), and 2nd in quality starts (11). While his ranks as a pitcher are great, Alcantara’s WAR numbers are the driving factor of him possibly becoming a candidate in the MVP race.  Alcantara has the highest rWAR (4.3) of any player in MLB, while having the highest fWAR (2.8) of any pitcher in the NL.


Trea Turner:

Turner has played very well in his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 6th in the NL in BA (.309), 5th in RBI (49), 3rd in hits (81), 12th in OPS (.844), and 3rd in SB (14). He also ranks 13th in rWAR (2.4) among position players, and 8th in fWAR (2.7). Add all of these together with the fact that he has the longest hitting streak in MLB this year (26 games), and Turner is in line to get a few MVP votes by the end of the season.


Players to look out for in the rest of the season: Ronald Acuna, Jr., Nolan Arenado, Austin Riley, Juan Soto, and Freddie Freeman

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (6/21/22)

1. Yankees (50-18)

Previous Ranking: 1


2. Mets (45-25)

Previous Ranking: 2


3. Astros (42-25)

Previous Ranking: 3


4. Dodgers (41-25)

Previous Ranking: 5

5. Padres (43-27)

Previous Ranking: 4


6. Braves (39-30)

Previous Ranking: 6


7. Giants (38-29)

Previous Ranking: 9


8. Guardians (35-28)

Previous Ranking: 14


9. Red Sox (38-31)

Previous Ranking: 12


10. Blue Jays (38-30)

Previous Ranking: 7


11. Cardinals (39-31)

Previous Ranking: 8


12. Brewers (39-31)

Previous Ranking: 13


13. Twins (38-31)

Previous Ranking: 10


14. Rays (37-31)

Previous Ranking: 11


15. Phillies (36-33)

Previous Ranking: 15


16. White Sox (33-33)

Previous Ranking: 16


17. Rangers (32-35)

Previous Ranking: 17


18. Angels (33-38)

Previous Ranking: 19


19. Marlins (30-36)

Previous Ranking: 18


20. Diamondbacks (32-37)

Previous Ranking: 21


21. Orioles (30-39)

Previous Ranking: 22


22. Mariners (30-39)

Previous Ranking: 20


23. Rockies (30-38)

Previous Ranking: 23


24. Pirates (28-39)

Previous Ranking: 25


25. Tigers (26-42)

Previous Ranking: 24


26. Cubs (25-43)

Previous Ranking: 27


27. Royals (25-42)

Previous Ranking: 30


28. Nationals (25-46)

Previous Ranking: 28


29. Reds (23-44)

Previous Ranking: 26


30. A’s (23-46)

Previous Ranking: 29

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MLB POWER RANKINGS (6/14/22)

With these power rankings, I will also be putting each team’s MVP ⅓ of the way through the season (with stats through the end of yesterday’s action), along with each player’s ranks in various stats within their respective leagues (among either position players or pitchers) that could make them candidates for AL or NL MVP.

1. Yankees (45-16)

Previous Ranking: 1

MVP: Aaron Judge - .318 AVG (6th), 24 HR (1st), 48 RBI (2nd), 71 H (3rd), 52 R (1st), .686 SLG (1st), 1.077 OPS (1st), 3.4 WAR (1st)


2. Mets (41-22)

Previous Ranking: 2

MVP: Pete Alonso - 18 HR (1st), 57 RBI (1st), 40 R (6th), .559 SLG (3rd), .921 OPS (4th)


3. Astros (38-24)

Previous Ranking: 3

MVP: Yordan Alvarez - .315 AVG (7th), 17 HR (3rd), 42 RBI (3rd), .403 OBP (3rd), .625 SLG (4th), 1.028 OPS (3rd)


4. Padres (39-24)

Previous Ranking: 6

MVP: Manny Machado - .322 AVG (2nd), 42 R (5th), .922 OPS (3rd), 3.4 (2nd), .391 OBP (3rd)


5. Dodgers (38-23)

Previous Ranking: 4

MVP: Mookie Betts -