Commissioner Rob Manfred has let the MLB and MLBPA know that the league could be shutdown again if the coronavirus isn’t managed better. With that being said, let’s stay hopeful and act like that isn’t a possibility because baseball being canceled again would not be good for any of us.
Keep in mind for the 2020 MLB Power Rankings that each game is worth about three times as much as a normal one would be due to the shortened season. So, the rankings will be prone to jump around a lot.
30. Seattle Mariners (3-4) Last week: 28
Although they are sitting at the last spot, we may have a rookie of the year watch for Seattle’s center fielder Kyle Lewis. He leads the team in batting average and has hit two dingers this year already which makes it eight in 20 career games played. The pitching for them has been rough, though, giving up over seven runs per game.
Kyle Lewis good god pic.twitter.com/7KaSwbYkFL— Starting 9 (@Starting9) July 25, 2020
29. Baltimore Orioles (2-3) Last week: 30
Baltimore found a way to produce well on offense against the Red Sox last weekend and got themselves two early wins. Since, they have dropped three straight and are back to where they belong at the bottom of the AL East. Shortstop Jose Iglesias has had a surprisingly very good start going eight for his first 16 at-bats.
28. Miami Marlins (2-1) Last week: 29
As of right now the Marlins still hold the top spot in the NL East division after taking two of three from the Phillies. They are in the middle of a coronavirus outbreak within the club right now and have postponed all games until at least Aug. 3. Only three games is not enough for them to make a significant change in the rankings. Miguel Rojas has shown some promise in those first three games, though, going 7-for-10 in the first series against Philly.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates (2-4) Last week: 25
Colin Moran came out of the gates swinging for Pittsburgh. He already has three home runs and leads the team in OPS. Besides him they haven’t seen very much production out of the offense yet. The Pirates ended up pretty much where they were expected to be this week. They played two better teams in their first two series against the Cardinals and the Brewers and took a game from each, so good for them.
26. Detroit Tigers (4-3) Last week: 27
The Tigers have started off very hot on offense. As a team they have already racked up 15 home runs in the first seven games which is an MLB high by a margin of three. Miguel Cabrera even got into the mix early and has three bombs himself.
.@MiguelCabrera now has 40 career multi-homer games.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 31, 2020
25. Kansas City Royals (3-4) Last week: 26
Kansas City has had an extremely mediocre start to the 2020 season, which is better than expected. They sit ranked at 15 in the MLB for both batting average and ERA. They snuck one away from the Indians in their first series and then split 2-2 with the Tigers.
24. San Francisco Giants (3-4) Last week: 24
Mike Yastrzemski has been raking for the Giants in their first seven games. He now leads all MLB position players in WAR and just can’t seem to not get on base. San Fran’s offense has started off hot, but their pitching, on the other hand, still needs some improvement. The defense has also combined for nine errors already.
23. Texas Rangers (2-3) Last week: 20
The Rangers pitching staff picked up where it left off last year and is performing very well. They currently stand at fourth in lowest ERA in the MLB. Unfortunately for them, Corey Kluber is out for at least four weeks, but their rotation is still strong without him. The bats need to get going if they want to win more games, they rank 29th in batting average.
22. Los Angeles Angels (2-5) Last week: 18
It was a very rough start for Shohei Ohtani and the Angels. In his first start he couldn’t even tally an out… his ERA is infinity right now and he isn’t doing too hot on offense either. Mike Trout is now on the paternity list, so they will need a lot more production on offense to fill that void. Anthony Rendon is just 1-for-9 after making his Angels debut.
21. Toronto Blue Jays (3-4) Last week: 22
Toronto’s big free agent pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu hasn’t really lived up to the hype yet after a couple rough starts. Something to look forward to for Jays fans is top pitching prospect Nate Pearson. He debuted against the defending champs and gave them five strong innings giving up only two hits and no runs.
99 MPH AND painted? 😳🔥 pic.twitter.com/5yxIiTUUji
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 29, 2020
20. Chicago White Sox (2-4) Last week: 17
Chicago had a rough series to start off with the Twins, giving up a combined 27 runs in three games, but still managed to take a game from them. Then they went up to Cleveland and had a very competitive and close series with a good Indians team. They had a tough two first series to start the season off.
19. Arizona Diamondbacks (2-5) Last week: 15
The Diamondbacks have started off slow on both sides of the field. They rank towards the bottom seven in the league in both ERA and batting average. The losses can’t really be blamed on either the pitching or the batting more one than the other.
18. Boston Red Sox (3-4) Last week: 16
A good analogy for the Red Sox season would be a rollercoaster. It may be too early to determine it as that, but that is exactly what it is at this point. A promising start from Nate Eovaldi and an 11 run victory over the Orioles, then that proceeds with four straight losses. Following that, they tallied two strong wins against the Mets. Pitching will be a struggle all season long for the Sox and it may be a rough ride. The offense is hot, though. They lead the league in average right now, and Christian Vazquez is tied for the most home runs, 4, in only five games played.
Christian Vázquez AGAIN!
2nd HR of the night, 4th of the season, which is tied for the MLB lead! pic.twitter.com/4ra5QvoYnN
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 31, 2020
17. Cincinnati Reds (2-4) Last week: 13
The Reds are off to a 2-4 start, but they haven’t looked too bad at all. All four of their losses have been within three runs. Two of them were to the Tigers which shouldn’t happen, but it was the first series of the season.
16. Milwaukee Brewers (3-3) Last week :19
For Christian Yelich this season has been a mess. He is 1-for-37 and has a league low batting average of .037, including batters with 20 at-bats or more. He can only get better from here at this point, and Milwaukee has still been winning games without their superstar contributing much.
15. Colorado Rockies (4-1) Last week: 23
Colorado has gotten off to a very surprisingly good start, not just because of their record, but also how well their pitchers have performed so far. They were predicted to have one of the worst if not the worst pitching staffs in the league this year, but have combined for a 1.84 ERA which is good for the second lowest in the MLB.
♦️ Á ♠️ C ♥️ E ♣️ pic.twitter.com/NAKMmIfeQp
— Colorado Rockies 😷 (@Rockies) July 29, 2020
14. St. Louis Cardinals (2-3) Last week: 11
Now, along with the Phillies and the Marlins, the Cardinals received multiple positive coronavirus tests which has caused Friday night’s game against the Brewers to be postponed. St. Louis came out looking strong picking up Ws in their first two games, but then lost three straight where the offense couldn’t get anything going.
13. Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) Last week: 12
The Phillies are another team that have been affected by the mini coronavirus outbreak in the Marlins club because they played their first series against each other. Their upcoming series against the Blue Jays has been postponed because two staff members in the Phillies’ clubhouse tested positive for the virus.
12. New York Mets (3-4) Last week: 14
Much like the Red Sox, the Mets may be in for another rollercoaster of a season. So far they have done a great job of hitting the ball, but not so much luck with pitching. Edwin Diaz has already had two situations where he has looked awful under pressure. It’s weird… he went from a guy that had almost 60 saves in one season, to a guy that seems like he struggles every time he steps on the mound.
11. San Diego Padres (5-2) Last week: 21
The Padres are one of only three teams in the MLB to reach five wins so far and have been performing on offense as well as pitching. They are top 10 in both batting average and ERA, and they lead the league in runs scored. Not a lot of people expected the Padres to be in the playoff hunt this season, but they have a lot of young talent that looks ready to compete.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 31, 2020
10. Washington Nationals (3-4) Last week: 7
The defending champs have looked good in their first few games. They dropped two close ones to the Yankees, but took one in a blowout win. Washington also lost twice to the Blue Jays, but closed out the last two games of the series with Ws. These are all without Juan Soto too, so he is set to come back soon and everyone is awaiting it. They are supposed to kick off a series with the Marlins tonight, but the series has been postponed.
9. Oakland Athletics (3-3) Last week: 8
Matt Olson and the A’s started this season off with a bang… a walkoff grand slam that is, in their first game facing the Angels. They proceeded to take two out of the next three from the Angels and then were swept in a two game series by Colorado. They have a light few games ahead against the Mariners and Rangers, then Houston comes to town.
Matt Olson hits a walkoff grand slam for the A’s (-150 ML) over the Angels in extra innings.
— Barstool Bets (@barstoolbets) July 25, 2020
8. Houston Astros (3-3) Last week: 4
It’s been kind of a rough start for the Astros in 2020. First, they are told that Justin Verlander has to miss the first couple of weeks with an injury. That is better than a season ending injury at least, which is what was falsely reported before the actual news came out from Verlander himself. Two of their three losses have come from the best team in the league, but that is no excuse for how their offense has been doing. Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Alex Bregman are a combined 9-for-67 (.134). They are missing who was a key part of their offense last year too, AL Rookie of the Year Yordan Alvarez. Houston is anticipating his return.
7. Chicago Cubs (4-2) Last week: 9
The bullpen has struggled so far for the Cubs, but their offense has been able to manage for the most part. The duo of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant haven’t started off so hot, but their teammates have done a good job to pick them up in the first couple series. Pitcher Kyle Hendricks pitched the league’s first nine inning complete game shutout in a very strong outing against the Brewers.
6. Cleveland Indians (5-2) Last week: 10
Although the Indians traded Corey Kluber, their pitching rotation is still one of the best in the MLB. Shane Bieber made history with his first two starts. He has tied the record for most strikeouts recorded in the first two starts of the season. He has also allowed no runs during those games. And for the offense, they have been performing well, especially Jose Ramirez who is off to a very hot start.
— MLB (@MLB) July 31, 2020
5. Tampa Bay Rays (4-3) Last week: 6
All but one game this season has been a close one for Tampa Bay, all within three runs. This will most likely be a theme for the Rays this year because their pitching will be able to keep them in games up until the end because the staff is so good and so deep. The offense has been off to somewhat of a slow start, but I think they will turn out even better than expected.
4. Atlanta Braves (4-3) Last week: 3
Max Fried, Mike Soroka, and most of the bullpen have all started off pitching great which is a good sign. But, their other starters have accounted for a lot of runs already. The offense has started off decent, but there has not been much from rising stars Ozzie Albies or Ronald Acuna yet. In fact, Acuna leads the league in strikeouts with 14, and the Braves as a team are in first in strikeouts while batting.
3. Minnesota Twins (4-2) Last week: 5
Nelson Cruz got off to a piping hot start for Minnesota. In the series against the White Sox he went 7-for-13 with 10 RBIs and seven runs scored. They won two of three against Chicago and then swept a two game series facing the Cardinals. Last night began a four game set between them and the Indians which should turn out to have some great games.
Nelson Cruz is a MONSTER 💪
4-for-5, 2 HR, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 4 R today
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 26, 2020
2. New York Yankees (4-1) Last week: 2
The Yankees have had a bit of trouble early with their starting pitching. The bullpen has been locking it down, even without Aroldis Chapman, who was just reinstated from the COVID-19 list. They have managed to always keep the Yankees in the game because with that offense there are a number of ways they can score runs. Giancarlo Stanton has started off hot (8-for-16) and gave no time at all for his first homerun to be hit this season off Max Scherzer on Opening Day. And the second one he hit went over 480 feet… that’s just ridiculous. Gary Sanchez is struggling right now, though, as he has started this season off hitless.
Aaron Judge: CLUTCH. pic.twitter.com/tvTnOxVFcO
— MLB (@MLB) July 31, 2020
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2) Last week: 1
There is no surprise here that the Dodgers remain on top. Mookie Betts and Cody Belinger aren’t off to the best starts, but it doesn’t really matter when you still have one of the best lineups behind you being able to drive runs in when needed. Their pitching has been fantastic to start off. The bullpen, much like the Yankees, has been lights out. Not to mention how good the starters have also been performing, even without Kershaw. Dustin May made his highly anticipated debut in an impressive outing almost going eight innings with seven strikeouts and two earned runs against the Giants. The biggest news concerning the Dodgers lately is the eight game suspension of Joe Kelly from what happened during the Astros game. Did he deserve the eight games? You be the judge.
The Dodgers and Astros cleared the benches after Joe Kelly struck out and exchanged words with Carlos Correa. pic.twitter.com/Z2l2A1sMG6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 29, 2020