MLB Power Rankings- 8/6/19

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (75-40) 

Still, number 1 in the rankings even though they didn’t make any noise at the deadline. The main issue is the bullpen and that can be fixed with someone like Dustin May or another starter.

2. Houston Astros (73-40) 

The unquestioned winners from the deadline. Aaron Sanchez had not won in 13 starts until he joined Houston. There are no real holes on this roster currently.

3. New York Yankees (73-39)

They keep picking up injuries but they don’t seem to matter. Only lost 1 game in the last week and still maintain a sizeable lead in the Al East.

4. Minnesota Twins (70-42) 

Minnesota seems firmly entrenched in the top 4 of the rankings. Right-handers Sergio Romo and Sam Dyson were the big trade deadline acquisitions.

5. Cleveland Indians (66-46) 

They went 4-2 in the last week and have a chance to eliminate the gap between them and Minnesota as they play a 4 game series in Minneapolis.  

6. Atlanta Braves (66-48) 

It wasn’t the perfect start for Shane Greene but he will rebound. With the addition of Mark Melancon and Chris Martin, the Braves bullpen got much-needed help.

7. Oakland Athletics (64-49)  

Again the A’s are on a winning streak. With AJ Puk and Jesus Luzardo getting healthy, this pitching staff could be one of the best in the playoff hunt. 

8. Tampa Bay Rays (65-49)

While the Red Sox are free-falling, the Rays put together a great week. The AL wild card will be tightly contested and if the Rays can push through injuries, have a solid roster.

9. Chicago Cubs (61-51)  

Chicago North can’t seem to win on the road. The Cubbies dominate at home (39-18) but miserable on the road (21-33). Baltimore has as many wins on the road as the Cubs do.

10. St. Louis Cardinals (58-53)  

Marcel Ozuna returned from the IL and joins Paul Goldschmidt who in his last 12 games, is hitting .347 with 3 doubles, 7 homers, and 14 RBI.

11. Washington Nationals (59-53) 

The Nationals went 2-4 last week and are only 2.5 games up on the surging Mets. Better get something figured out as they seem to hit a few bumps recently.

12. Philadelphia Phillies (59-53)  

Losing a series to the White Sox at home isn’t the look of a contender. And if you didn’t see Vince Velasquez gun down a runner from left field, go watch the video.

13. New York Mets (57-56)  

The biggest risers this week. They only lost 1 game in the last week and are only 2.5 games back from the wild card spots.

14. Boston Red Sox (60-55)  

The Red Sox went 1-7 in the last week and have absolutely fallen out of the running for the Al East crown. Now can they put the pieces together and snatch a wild card spot?

15. Arizona Diamondbacks (56-57) 

Arizona’s front office might have done the best job in terms of walking the thin line between dealing assets and remaining competitive both now and in the future. 

 16. Texas Rangers (58-54)  

They sold high on Chris Martin getting back lefty prospect Kolby Allard from the Braves but I don’t understand not selling Hunter Pence. He is on a bargain deal and they could have gotten something.

17. San Francisco Giants (56-57) 

They lost 3 of 4 after the trade deadline and this could come back to bite them if they miss out on the playoffs. Was the previous run a sign of a contender or are they more of a pretender. 

18. Milwaukee Brewers (56-51) 

Definitely could have used more magic at the deadline because they are falling further behind the Cubs and Cardinals. Even Josh Hader is starting to give up runs.

19. Los Angeles Angels (56-58) 

Matta Thaiss, a rookie 1B/3B is starting to pick up his play of late. I’m excited because I live in Salt Lake City and get to watch Jo Adell in person. 

20. Cincinnati Reds (53-58)

Easily the most exciting part of the last week was Amir Garrett taking on the entire Pirates bench but they did take 2 of those 3 games.

21. San Diego Padres (51-60) 

The Padres big deadline acquisition was Taylor Trammel which seems like a curious addition. For a team in the playoff hunt to sell a starting pitcher and power hitter for an AA prospect baffled some.

22. Colorado Rockies (52-60) 

The Rockies have only won 2 series since Jun 26, 2019. July is the only month that Nolan Arenado has a sub-.800 career OPS.

23. Toronto Blue Jays (46-69) 

Bichette has been a monster hitting over .400 since being called up and Vlad won AL Player of the Week for the 2nd time batting .500 (13-for-26) and scored 5 runs with 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 11 RBIs and two walks.

24. Chicago White Sox (49-61) 

Not sure why the White Sox kept Alex Colome as back end guys typically fetch a nice price. In other news, Tim Anderson is back playing again and the team has a good young core.

25. Pittsburgh Pirates (48-64)

Home Run Derby participant Josh Bell has slumped in a major way since the break. Bell hasn’t homered since July 5 and has batted .169 (13-for-77) with only 4 extra-base hits in 23 games since. Is it the curse of the home run derby?

26. Seattle Mariners (47-67) 

https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/no-no-again-yes-yes-mariners-held-hitless-for-second-time-in-23-days/

Getting no-hit 2 times in one month is a major cause for concern. Remember when this team looked like they might actually be good this season? Yeah, me neither. 

27. Miami Marlins (42-69) 

Trading away Zac Gallen was interesting but did pick up some above-average prospects in Jesus Sanchez and Jazz Chisholm. 

28. Baltimore Orioles (38-74)

Didn’t have much movement at the deadline due to lack of huge names and maintaining player control. Come on guys, I want the 1st pick again.

29. Kansas City Royals (40-74) 

When you lose every game you play in the week, you will absolutely drop a spot in the rankings. 

30. Detroit Tigers (32-76)

Still hands down the worst team in the league. Traded away, Nick Castellanos and Shane Greene. Good news, some lesser-known guys have become fantasy relevant due to the trades. 

Brant Meeks

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