WHERE DO TEAMS STAND IN MLB?
After some MLB Power Rankings? Two more weeks have passed in Major League Baseball – the trade deadline has passed and some teams improved dramatically without stepping onto the field. The Indians, the Rangers and the Dodgers seemed to win the day – the Giants and the Mets weren’t far behind.
Version 7.0 – 2016 MLB Power Rankings
So where does your team stand as the dust settles on a pretty active Deadline day? Let’s break it down in the July 18 edition of Dave B’s MLB Power Rankings.
1. Chicago Cubs (63-41)
Two Weeks Ago: 3
The Cubs have re-emerged as the #1 team on the Rankings after a brief hiatus. The acquisition of Aroldis Chapman has really helped – the Cubs are now as dangerous out of the pen as they are in the starting rotation.
One piece was missing for this team – no more as they are the most balanced team in the game again and a worthy #1.
2. Washington Nationals (61-44)
Two Weeks Ago: 1
The Nationals have gone just 4-6 in their last 10 games.
The addition of new closer Mark Melancon will help the team for sure – Jonathan Papelbon was becoming a liability.
3. Cleveland Indians (60-42)
Two Weeks Ago: 4
The Indians enter the week on a three game win streak and they are a team that was active in almost every trade discussion out there.
They managed to get Andrew Miller from the Yanks to bolster their pen and made a few minor moves at the deadline including OF Brandon Guyer from the Rays – those moves will definitely help in their quest for the postseason.
Cleveland did enough to stay competitive this year – having a stud arm in the pen was essential to achieve that goal.
4. Toronto Blue Jays (59-46)
Two Weeks Ago: 10
The Jays have climbed into the first Wild-Card position in the AL and are just a half game behind the O’s for the AL East lead. They took 2 of 3 from Baltimore over the weekend and are a definite threat in the AL again.
An injury to Troy Tulowitzki is something to monitor however – his bat has been crucial to Toronto’s climb up the Rankings.
5. San Francisco Giants (61-44)
Two Weeks Ago: 2
The Giants got lefty reliever Will Smith at the deadline and they also got infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Twins – two quality additions to a team that has a huge lead in the NL West.
The team has largely struggled the last month but with the new additions and some players coming back from injury expectations are that SF gets back on track soon.
6. Texas Rangers (62-44)
Two Weeks Ago: 7
The Rangers have regained their swagger after an unflattering stretch – they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and enter this week off a four-game sweep of the Royals.
The Rangers are one of the most impressive all-around clubs in the AL – a top 5 spot in the next Rankings SHOULD be a certainty especially with the addition of Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy.
7. Baltimore Orioles (59-45)
Two Weeks Ago: 6
The Orioles lost 2 of 3 over the weekend in Toronto and have been playing just OK ball as of late – just 4-6 in their last 10 games overall. Still, this offense is plain scary and the pitching staff will eventually come around.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers (59-46)
Two Weeks Ago: 9
The Dodgers may have improved the most at the deadline by acquiring Rich Hill and Josh Reddick from the A’s. Reddick is hitting nearly .300 this year – a huge boost for the offense and Hill gives them some of the best pitching depth in the game.
Come back Clayton Kershaw – come back!
9. Boston Red Sox (57-46)
Two Weeks Ago: 5
The Red Sox have been largely disappointing the last couple of weeks – just 3-7 in their last 10 games overall. Drew Pomeranz was a nice addition for sure and the team still has a scary offense.
Boston’s pitching staff absolutely HAS to start doing their part – if they do the Sox are fine.
10. St. Louis Cardinals (56-49)
Two Weeks Ago: 13
The Cards have gone just 5-5 in their last 10 games and have lost two straight heading into the week.
That said they still occupy the second Wild Card spot in the NL and are a sneaky good team that could ride their pitching the rest of the way.
11. Houston Astros (55-49)
Two Weeks Ago: 8
The Stros looked like a team destined for a top 10 spot again in the Rankings before getting swept over the weekend by the Tigers.
Still Houston was built to win this year – we can excuse a bad outing from Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh.
12. Miami Marlins (57-48)
Two Weeks Ago: 12
The Marlins have gone just 5-5 in their last 10 games overall but they did win their last two over the weekend.
The addition of Andrew Cashner was huge for a team that looks poised to make a run for a Wild Card spot.
- 13. Detroit Tigers (57-48) Two Weeks Ago: 16
- 14. New York Mets (54-50) Two Weeks Ago: 11
- 15. Seattle Mariners (52-51) Two Weeks Ago: 17
- 16. Pittsburgh Pirates (52-51) Two Weeks Ago: 14
- 17. Colorado Rockies (52-53) Two Weeks Ago: 21
- 18. New York Yankees (52-52) Two Weeks Ago: 19
- 19. Chicago White Sox (51-54) Two Weeks Ago: 18
- 20. Kansas City Royals (49-55) Two Weeks Ago: 15
- 21. Los Angeles Angels (47-58 Two Weeks Ago: 22
- 22. Philadelphia Phillies (48-59) Two Weeks Ago: 20
- 23. Oakland Athletics (47-58) Two Weeks Ago: 24
- 24. Milwaukee Brewers (47-56) Two Weeks Ago: 23
- 25. San Diego Padres (45-60) Two Weeks Ago: 25
- 26. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-62) Two Weeks Ago: 26
- 27. Minnesota Twins (40-64) Two Weeks Ago: 28
- 28. Tampa Bay Rays (42-61) Two Weeks Ago: 27
- 29. Cincinnati Reds (42-62) Two Weeks Ago: 29
- 30. Atlanta Braves (37-68) Two Weeks Ago: 30
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