We are already a month into the season, and it has gone by fast hasn’t it? After waiting so long last season and only getting 60 games, baseball fans were hungry for baseball, and it hasn’t disappointed. Mike Trout is solidifying his GOAT status, Fernando Tatis Jr. is the most electrifying player in the game, and the Kansas City Royals have the best record in baseball. Check out where your team ranks to start week five of the MLB season.
1. Boston Red Sox (16-10)
Two weeks ago: 3
Boston is playing great baseball and just got a W against Jacob deGrom (it was 1-0 which is typical for the NYM, but still a good win). They have the best offense in the MLB right now and their pitching has exceeded expectations immensely. Here’s a look at the starters’ stats in the last turn through the 5-man rotation: 2.73 ERA, 29.2 IP, 9 ER, 4 BB, 35 K, 1 HR.
This RBI double by Christian Vázquez accounted for the game’s only run in a 1-0 Sox win.
But it wasn’t just your basic run-of-the-mill double… prior to the 0-2 pitch that resulted in an RBI hit, there was a quick instance of the game within the game. pic.twitter.com/bC76V82jy7
— Darren Fenster (@CoachYourKids) April 29, 2021
2. San Diego Padres (14-12)
Two weeks ago: 2
San Diego is the real deal. We just watched them take three of four from the Dodgers in the best rivalry in sports right now. Fernando Tatis Jr. is making his case stronger by the day as the face of baseball. This team is super fun to watch.
FERNANDO TATIS JR. WITH HIS SECOND STRAIGHT TWO HOMER GAME THE FACE OF BASEBALL IS BACK pic.twitter.com/P31bQRTseL
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) April 25, 2021
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (16-10)
Two weeks ago: 1
You must be asking yourself how the Dodgers dropped out of the one spot. Well, believe it or not, they’re in a bit of a slump. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be surprised if they jumped back to one or two within the next couple of weeks, but they are 3-8 in their last 11 games.
4. Chicago White Sox (14-10)
Two weeks ago: 4
The White Sox are on a hot streak, winning eight of their last 10 games. The breakout rookie Yermin Mercedes hasn’t shown much signs of slowing down, and Luis Robert is playing great after struggling last season. Chicago is second in OPS this season and top 10 in ERA. Carlos Rodón is making himself a strong case for AL Cy Young.
Carlos Rodón hasn’t allowed more than 3 hits in a start this year.
And his ERA is now 0.72. 😱 pic.twitter.com/oZTRwgfWs2
— MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2021
5. Oakland Athletics (16-10)
Two weeks ago: 15
After starting the season off 1-7, the A’s caught fire and went on a 13-game win-streak. They came back down to earth after the Orioles broke their streak, but just like that they are back to being favorites for the AL West.
6. Milwaukee Brewers (15-10)
Two weeks ago: 14
How about the Brew Crew? The only reason I don’t have them top 5 is because Corbin Burnes just hit the Covid-19 list, which will probably cost him two starts. But, the Brewers pitching staff has been lights out so far. Burnes hasn’t even allowed a walk yet through 29.1 innings.
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 30, 2021
7. San Francisco Giants (16-9)
Two weeks ago: 17
Good luck to batters facing the NL West this season. San Fran is second in ERA thus far (2.93) behind none other than the Padres (2.90), while the Dodgers (2.97) are ranked third. It’s going to be a dogfight in this division if the Giants stay consistent. In 16 games this season Buster Posey has an OPS of 1.079 and leads the club in homers (5). The future hall of famer is making his case for NL Comeback Player of the Year.
8. Atlanta Braves (12-13)
Two weeks ago: 13
The Braves are starting to put it together after a slow start. They were expected to have a top five pitching staff at the beginning of the year, but currently rank 25 in ERA (4.65). They aren’t having any problems with the bats, though. Atlanta has the fourth best OPS in the MLB (.757) and lead the league in homeruns with 37.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 29, 2021
9. Tampa Bay Rays (13-13)
Two weeks ago: 18
After a rocky start the Rays are showing us shades of what they were able to do last season. Tampa Bay will quietly hover around the top of the AL East and be underrated all year. The pitching staff has turned it on as of late after struggling in the first several games. Tyler Glasnow is not far behind Jacob deGrom for the strikeout crown, having an outstanding season so far.
Tyler Glasnow is day-to-day…
Official explanation: “Grounded by Mom” pic.twitter.com/oFrr1VPm3t
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 29, 2021
10. Toronto Blue Jays (11-12)
Two weeks ago: 5
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are quite the duo, and making their pops’ proud. Vladdy Jr. had a three-homerun game the other night, and hit two of them off Max Scherzer. George Springer played in his first game as a Jay Wednesday night and is back in the lineup. Toronto has a big series against the Braves that starts tonight, I am very excited for this matchup to say the least.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Has hit 3 Home Runs tonight totaling 7 RBIs for the Blue Jays against the Nationals. Here are all 3 pic.twitter.com/dZS5o4M7Jy
— MLB Walk Offs & Game Winning Plays (@MLBWalk_Offs) April 28, 2021
11. Houston Astros (13-12)
Two weeks ago: 10
Yuli Gurriel is putting together a very nice season for the Astros. He’s batting .344 with nearly a .1000 OPS and four home runs. The problem with the Astros is the injuries, which has been a recurring problem for the past couple of years. They have a lot of pitchers on the IL right now, but the bats look like they’re heating up.
12. Los Angeles Angels (12-11)
Two weeks ago: 7
Can we make a better league for Mike Trout? In a year where the strikeout rate is at an all-time high, Trout is slashing .420/.524/.783/1.306, the best April of his career. It looks like Trout will have to put numbers up like this all season with how bad the pitching has been. They rank dead last in ERA with a 5.13… not good.
Mic Trout 🎤
— MLB (@MLB) April 27, 2021
13. St. Louis Cardinals (13-12)
Two weeks ago: 11
The Cardinals’ rotation has done great this season, especially in their last several games. And they’ve been able to rely on the bullpen. Giovanny Gallegos has a 0.68 WHIP out of the pen, and Alex Reyes has yet to give up a single run so far. Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschimdt have both been alright, so that means they are both due for a hot streak.
Nolan doing extremely normal Nolan things pic.twitter.com/zhAktjj68U
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 28, 2021
14. Kansas City Royals (15-8)
Two weeks ago: 21
A lot may think this is a fraudulent start for the Royals, but I don’t know. They are a very sneaky good team and have proved it so far. Danny Duffy has been throwing gems so far for KC. He has a 0.39 ERA in four starts now, and if he continues this stretch he’ll be on that Cy Young watch list. Their biggest homerun hitter, Jorge Soler, only has two so far. If he finds his swing the Royals will be trouble in the AL Central.
Salvador Perez Walks it Off for the Royals (-107) pic.twitter.com/fqJbrCmowP
— Bet The Bases (@betthebases) April 22, 2021
15. New York Yankees (11-14)
Two weeks ago: 8
Probably didn’t expect to have three AL East teams in the top 10… with the New York Yankees being out of it. Fans have been calling for Aaron Boone’s job, and of course booing their own team at Yankee Stadium. Their biggest bright spot is Gerrit Cole, and Aroldis Chapman has been on point when needed this year… he has yet to give up a run. I’m sure fans are wondering, too, if it is time to move on from Gary Sanchez. Kyle Higashioka has outplayed him so far during his very poor start this season.
16. New York Mets (9-10)
Two weeks ago: 6
Is somebody able to save Jacob deGrom? The Mike Trout of pitchers… he has a 0.51 ERA this season with 59 strikeouts in 35 innings, but somehow has TWO losses. The Mets offense is miserable right now, and they are going to need to step it up if they want to contend.
Jacob deGrom tonight:
Set a new career high in Ks (15)
Lowered his ERA to 0.31
Raised his batting average to .545
— MLB (@MLB) April 24, 2021
17. Philadelphia Phillies (12-13)
Two weeks ago: 12
The Phillies are sort of that middle of the pack team. But, in a not so good NL East this year they have a shot to make some noise. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto are doing their thing on offense, and surprisingly to many, the bullpen has been pretty good so far. Jose Alvarado has only given up one run in eight innings, and Hector Nerris has a 1.54 ERA in 13 appearances.
18. Seattle Mariners (14-12)
Two weeks ago: 23
Sure, the Mariners are playing good ball so far, but they started the season off hot in 2019 too. They ended up with one of the worst records in the league. This team has some talent, but I am still not too convinced yet.
19. Minnesota Twins (8-15)
Two weeks ago: 9
Man, the Twins are struggling. They are lucky the Tigers are in their division, because they have the worst record in the MLB outside of Detroit. Byron Buxton and Nelson Cruz are carrying the load for Minnesota both with outstanding seasons so far, but it hasn’t amounted to much. Cruz is turning 41 in July and still making it look easy.
Byron Buxton: .438/.471/.938/1.408 8 HR
Byron Buxton with the sneaky MVP campaign rolling right along. pic.twitter.com/oz1ssRXmk6
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) April 28, 2021
Nelson Cruz: .338/.378/.676/1.054 7 HR
Nelson Cruz will never stop crushing baseballs pic.twitter.com/rlhrhdhwN6
— collin8915 (@collin8915) April 21, 2021
20. Arizona Diamondbacks (12-12)
Two weeks ago: 27
The Diamondbacks are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and three of those wins came against the Braves (2) and the Padres (1). The Diamondbacks are actually ranked seventh in OPS this year, a lot of that having to do with this 10-game stretch. Madison Bumgarner threw a no-hitter… that wasn’t a no-hitter, and David Peralta had one of the top single game performances of the year so far.
Have yourself a day, David Peralta 🚂🔥
5 H, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 22, 2021
The Rest of the Field
21. Cleveland Indians (11-12)
Two weeks ago: 16
22. Miami Marlins (11-13)
Two weeks ago: 19
23. Washington Nationals (9-12)
Two weeks ago: 22
24. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-12)
Two weeks ago: 28
25. Chicago Cubs (11-14)
Two weeks ago: 26
26. Cincinnati Reds (11-13)
Two weeks ago: 20
27. Baltimore Orioles (11-14)
Two weeks ago: 24
28. Texas Rangers (11-15)
Two weeks ago: 29
29. Colorado Rockies (9-15)
Two weeks ago: 30
30. Detroit Tigers (8-18)
Two weeks ago: 25