Can you believe it? First of all, baseball is still being played so that’s great. But we are already one-fourth through this season. There are some big movers in this week’s power rankings, so check out where your team stands down below:
30. Pittsburgh Pirates (3-13) Last week: 27
The Pirates have been the worst team in baseball so far, no question. They just recently were swept by the Tigers in a three-game series and gave up 30 runs in that series. I think it is a little too late at this point for the Pirates to try to make a run for the postseason.
29. Seattle Mariners (7-11) Last week: 30
Seattle has been able to compile a good amount of wins so far considering how awful their pitching has been. They have a league worst 5.66 combined ERA. They aren’t a threat in the bullpen or the rotation. The 25-year-old Kyle Lewis is still doing great, which is a good sign for the Mariners, and for their future at least.
28. San Francisco Giants (7-11) Last week: 24
There are some new kids in town in San Francisco and they have been going off. Mike Yastrzemski, Austin Slater, and Donovan Solano all have batting averages over .300 and OPS over 1.000. Solano is also on a 15-game hitting streak. Their pitching is bottom tier, and the veterans have been doing awful. It is looking like the Giants will spend another year out of the playoffs, but the future is bright.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 10, 2020
27. Texas Rangers (6-9) Last week: 23
Texas hasn’t had much to show on offense this year with most of their considered top players struggling mightily. Their pitchers have also been performing sub par. Lance Lynn is still doing his thing, but he is really the only bright spot in that rotation right now with Mike Minor doing poorly.
26. Kansas City Royals (7-10) Last week: 26
KC actually showed some signs of life this weekend against a couple of top tier teams. They took a big win over the Cubs on Thursday and then swept the Twins in a three-game series. The offense has been hot, and there is no surprise there because they have some great hitters, but their pitching has struggled a bit to keep them games, although the past four games they have performed great.
Soler with a pair. pic.twitter.com/TbAShcD7XT
— MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2020
25. Toronto Blue Jays (5-8) Last week: 21
The Blue Jays season is going pretty much how it was expected to go this year. The young stars are showing flashes of their potential, and their pitching is performing pretty well. If the Jays want to get more wins they need to score more runs. They have only scored 39 times this season, the only team being worse is the Cardinals… who have only played five games. Don’t get me wrong, the future for the Blue Jays is very bright, but it is not looking like this year will be their year.
Bo goes oppo. pic.twitter.com/nSeg6s5yhE
— MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2020
24. Los Angeles Angels (6-11) Last week: 22
Dad Mike Trout might end up being his best version of himself, which is crazy to say because he has already done so much. He has belted six home runs in seven games since returning from paternity leave. Sadly, the Angels haven’t been able to put many wins together despite Trout going off. It’s not like they have been getting blown out, though. Their average margin in losses this season is around 2.5 runs.
— MLB (@MLB) August 11, 2020
23. Baltimore Orioles (7-7) Last week: 29
Who would’ve thought that the Baltimore Orioles would be two games behind the Yankees in August? Well obviously with a 60-game season it is much more likely, but still I didn’t even expect this. I have to give it to them, they have been playing some good baseball. The season has been a little strange to say the least, especially considering Baltimore’s record. I mean, they went from sweeping the Rays, to getting swept by the Marlins, then sweeping the Nationals.
22. Arizona Diamondbacks (7-10) Last week: 19
Newly acquired Madison Bumgarner was put on the IL for a “strained back” or maybe it was for sucking too bad. He has a 9.35 ERA in three starts so far. The D-Backs have a great team on paper but just haven’t been able to get it going yet. They have a big few series ahead of them with the Rockies, Padres, and Athletics. These could be season deciding games for them because they have already dug themselves into a little bit of a hole.
21. St. Louis Cardinals (2-3) Last week: 14
There is not much to say about St. Louis because they haven’t played a game since July 29th due to a little coronavirus outbreak of their own.
20. Detroit Tigers (9-5) Last week: 26
Detroit has come out of the gates swinging and have surprised many baseball fans with their impressive 9-5 start. JaCoby Jones is off to one of the hottest starts in the MLB and is having himself a career year. The vet Miguel Cabrera isn’t doing too bad himself either and is showing he still has some pop in season 18.
— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) August 11, 2020
19. Miami Marlins (7-3) Last week: 28
The Marlins have the third best record in baseball, but there is not much to show for it. Four of their wins have come against the Orioles and they still haven’t caught up to the amount of games played compared to all of the other teams. All power to them if they continue playing well, but I don’t see them holding a positive record throughout the season.
18. Boston Red Sox (6-10) Last week: 18
Mitch Moreland has only played in 10 games (33 plate appearances) and has hit six home runs with a 1.299 OPS. J.D. Martinez finally hit his first home run of the season last night, and the pitching staff is still struggling. Martin Perez had a great last two outings, though. But besides him and Nathan Eovaldi, the starters are scarce, and the bullpen has had its ups and downs. Third baseman Jonathan Arauz had probably what was the best night of his life last night. He went 3-4 with his first major league hit, RBI, and run scored.
— MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2020
17. New York Mets (7-10) Last week: 12
Other than Jacob DeGrom and David Peterson, the Mets starters have been bad. Also, the guys that are supposed to be the go-to guys in the bullpen have also been struggling. Their batting has been great, though. Especially Robinson Cano who is batting .412 in 11 games played.
16. Philadelphia Phillies (5-6) Last week: 13
Philly is still trying to catch up with the rest of the league in terms of games played. They got two big wins against the Yankees in the series with them. The top three in their rotation have done good so far, and Bryce Harper is off to a great start. Their next couple of series should be somewhat easier for them to handle than their last two against the Yankees and Braves.
Bryce Harper swings his bat like a toothpick… it’s unreal pic.twitter.com/w2itp0rGcm
— Fuzzy (@fuzzyfromyt) August 5, 2020
15. Milwaukee Brewers (6-8) Last week: 16
Christian Yelich is starting to bloom out of the terrible start to the year that he had (1-for-39 in first six games) which is a good sign for the Brew Crew. He’s got three homers in his last four games. Although they did receive some bad news that their starting centerfielder, Lorenzo Cain opted out for the rest of the year.
— MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2020
14. Washington Nationals (5-7) Last week: 10
Juan Soto is back, oh and is he back. In five games back he has slashed a line of .444/.474/.944/1.418 with two dingers. And another great sign for the Nats, Max Scherzer is also returning after having a minor hamstring injury and will be on the bump tonight against the Mets. Steven Strausburg had a rough debut against the Orioles on Sunday and is still dealing with a nerve issue, so the timeline for him is questionable this season.
Juan Soto is literally not human. pic.twitter.com/quy6eN3D6V
— HAKEEM3434 (@HAKEEM3434) August 11, 2020
13. Chicago White Sox (8-9) Last week: 20
The White Sox have so much talent and it has shown. As a team, Chicago bats .258, which is second in the MLB. They haven’t been scoring many runs, but their pitching has kept them in a lot of the games they have won, but also cost them some of the ones they have lost. If the pitching stays consistent enough, the White Sox have potential to land somewhere in the top 10 in the coming weeks.
12. Cincinnati Reds (7-9) Last week: 17
After a slow start, the Reds have picked up a few wins to inch them closer to the top 10. The 1-2-3 punch in the rotation of Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray, and Luis Castillo have been great so far. The offense has not been as good as it looks on paper, but they still have a little time to work the kinks out as long as the pitching is able to still keep them in games. Nicholas Castellanos has belted seven homers, which is tied for second in the MLB next to Mike Trout.
11. Houston Astros (7-9) Last week: 8
Houston had a rough past week. Prior to their win against the Giants last night, they had dropped five straight. They also got into another scuffle, which seems like it won’t be the last, with the Athletics because of a coach’s comments toward Ramon Laureano. Jose Altuve has continued his slump and just has looked very rusty.
Ramon Laureano fight club pic.twitter.com/ZY2cbWAS27
— RAMEN DOG (@golden_sugi) August 9, 2020
10. Tampa Bay Rays (9-8) Last week: 5
The Rays have so much pitching depth that it is almost impossible to hold a lead against them and or comeback against them. Before their current three-game win streak they had lost six of seven, but they were able to rest their arms due to a rain delay and a quick 1-0 win against the Yankees on Friday.
Back in it! pic.twitter.com/jJEpfHoCmQ
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 8, 2020
9. Cleveland Indians (10-7) Last week: 6
The offense has been doing very poorly, but with how well the pitchers have been performing they were still able to remain in the top 10. The Tribe ranks dead last in batting average and 23rd in runs scored. The pitching staff, on the other hand, has been outstanding. They rank first in ERA (2.04) and do so well containing leads and shutting batter down. Mike Clevinger, though, will have to self quarantine after violating rules and going out with a teammate on Saturday night.
Here’s a video of Shane striking out 16 batters this week. Dude’s filthy. pic.twitter.com/47utMEmkSZ
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 10, 2020
8. San Diego Padres (10-7) Last week: 11
The Padres are probably the most exciting team to watch right now, and that is because they have the most exciting player in baseball in Fernando Tatis Jr. He’s got eight homers to tie with Aaron Judge for the league lead, and he has just been electric to watch… in the field and at the plate. Starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet has been phenomenal as well. He has a 1.61 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched.
— MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2020
7. Colorado Rockies (11-5) Last week: 15
Another one of the hottest teams in baseball who probably has the hottest hitter in baseball, Charlie Blackmon. He has put up a monster line of .484/.514/.703/1.217 with three home runs and 19 RBIs. As for the rest of the offense, which is loaded with talent, they have also been doing very well. This I could see happening at the beginning of the year, their pitching is what has been a surprise. No one expected the Rockies to crack the top 10 in the power ranking at all, let alone this early, and the way their pitchers are performing is a big part of it.
— Justin Groc (@jgroc) August 9, 2020
6. Atlanta Braves (11-7) Last week: 4
Nick Markakis originally decided to opt out of the 2020 season, but changed his mind and returned in style with a walk off bomb against Toronto. Unfortunately for Atlanta, last Monday second year stud pitcher Mike Soroka tore his achilles and is out for the rest of the year. With an already shaky starting rotation, the starters are going to have to perform very well if they want to remain in the top 10.
Good morning and happy Friday to Nick Markakis. pic.twitter.com/kBVPDBhrzn
— Trevor Terry (@trevor_terry10) August 7, 2020
5. Minnesota Twins (11-6) Last week: 3
How about the 40-year-old Nelson Cruz this year, man has he been going off. He has played in 17 games and is hitting .344 with a .969 OPS. In only his second year, pitcher Randy Dobnak has started off scorching hot and is making himself a Cy Young campaign. He has posted a .90 ERA in 20 innings. Prior to last night’s win over the Brewers, they lost four in a row including one to the Pirates and got swept by the Royals. They have a four-game series coming up against the Royals and will look for a payback sweep to boost them in the rankings.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 11, 2020
4. New York Yankees (10-6) Last week: 2
The bombers started off hot, 8-1 in their first nine games, but have gone 2-5 in their last seven games. Aaron Judge has been incredible so far. He had a span of five consecutive games with a home run and now has eight, which is tied for first in the MLB. Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres have both been in harsh cold spells and Giancarlo Stanton was just placed on the IL after straining his hamstring.
FIVE straight games with a home run for Aaron Judge 😱
— ESPN (@espn) August 3, 2020
3. Chicago Cubs (10-3) Last week: 7
The strength of schedule for the Cubs has been pretty weak so far, but they have been playing great baseball regardless of the teams they’ve played. The Cubbies have a very strong rotation that has been performing incredible to start off, and their offense has been good too. Kris Bryant is still struggling at the plate, but since the Cubs have been doing so well anyway, he has a little bit of time for improvement.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 5, 2020
2. Oakland Athletics (12-5) Last week: 9
The A’s had a chance last night to extend their season-high win streak to 10, but fell short in a close battle with the Angels on Monday night. Believe or not, although they have the best record in baseball, they are struggling a bit on offense, but their pitching has been phenomenal. They have the 25th worst batting average as a team. What helps them is their on base percentage is great so far and they like hitting home runs, so timing and clutchness have been the pinnacle of the A’s offense this season.
— MLB (@MLB) August 11, 2020
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (11-6) Last week: 1
It will be tough to take this spot from Los Angeles. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were to hold the top spot for the rest of the year. Reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger has had a pretty rough start to the 2020 season, but LA has so much depth they are able to win games when he isn’t performing as well as he could be. The pitching staff has been great as well. They are second in ERA (2.50) and third in opponent’s batting average (.199).
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 9, 2020